Kittrie was on the panel, "Emerging Issues in National Security Law: Narco-Violence along the Border," on Nov. 12. He was joined on the panel by Eric L. Olson, Senior Advisor, Security Initiative, Mexico Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars; Luz Nagle, Professor at the Stetson University School of Law; Alonzo Pena, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and Tracey A. Bardof of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
In his speech, Kittrie discussed the status of the battle against narco-trafficking in Mexico, the impact of Mexican narco-trafficking on the United States generally and Arizona in particular, and the response thus far to this challenge by the U.S. federal and Arizona state officials. He also offered several recommendations for next steps in the battle against narco-trafficking in Mexico.
The conference was co-sponsored by the ABA's Standing Committee on Law and National Security, the Center for National Security Law at the University of Virginia School of Law, and the Center on Law, Ethics and National Security at Duke University School of Law.
Kittrie is the Director of the College of Law's Washington, D.C., Legal Externship Program and a Faculty Fellow in the Center for Law, Science & Innovation. His teaching and research focus on international law, especially nonproliferation and sanctions, and criminal law, especially border crime issues. A Mexican-American, Kittrie writes and speaks frequently on legal issues relating to the U.S.-Mexico border and is active in the Latino community. Prior to joining the law faculty, he served for 11 years in the U.S. State Department, including as the Department's Director of International Anti-Crime Programs, overseeing United States policy and technical assistance programs for promoting the rule of law and combating transnational crime worldwide, including corruption, money laundering, intellectual property piracy, cybercrime and alien smuggling.