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Lecture: Terrorist Financing Present and Future

Lecture: Terrorist Financing Present and Future

Monday, June 29, 2020
10:30am - 11:30am


On Monday, June 29 at 10:30 a.m. ET, Financial Investigator Rick Magill provided a virtual lecture on “Terrorist Financing Present and Future.” A recording of this event can be found at this link. If you have any questions, please email the START events team at start-events@umd.edu.

Many government officials have said that one of the most important keys in defeating global terrorism is to starve the terrorists of funding. That is often said without thinking about how terrorists actually fund themselves and what financial sectors are most vulnerable to being exploited by terrorists. Terrorist revenue streams are also constantly evolving, necessitating action that not only will target present funding mechanisms, but future ones as well. This talk delves into the challenges of cutting off funding to terrorists, a task much easier said than done.

Rick Magill earned his Master's degree from the University of Maryland School of Public Policy in 2013. While in school, Rick worked on coding for the GTD and then worked on special projects research for approximately one year. After START, Rick has worked as a contractor in a variety of jobs, most notably with the U.S. Treasury's Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) and the U.S. Secret Service. At these positions, he worked as an intelligence analyst supporting financial crimes investigations, including into terrorist financing.