Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs

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Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs
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Bureau overview
Formed1978;42 years ago (1978) [1]
Jurisdiction Executive branch of the United States
Employees425 (FY 2013) [1]
Annual budget$1.6 billion (FY 2013) [1]
Bureau executive
Parent department U.S. Department of State
Website Official Website
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Logo of the "Air Wing" of The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)- Office of Aviation, U.S. Department of State

The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) is an agency that reports to the Under Secretary for Civilian Security, Democracy, and Human Rights within the Department of State. Under the umbrella of its general mission of developing policies and programs to combat international narcotics and crime, INL plays an important role in the training of partner nation security forces.


INL programs support two of the Department of State's strategic goals: (1) to reduce the entry of illegal drugs into the United States; and (2) to minimize the impact of international crime on the United States and its citizens. Counternarcotics and anticrime programs also complement counterterrorism efforts, both directly and indirectly, by promoting modernization of and supporting operations by foreign criminal justice systems and law enforcement agencies charged with the counter-terrorism mission. The head of the bureau is the Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, who is currently Kirsten D Madison. [2]

The bureau manages the Department of State's Narcotics Rewards Program in close coordination with the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and other interested U.S. agencies.

INL is not a law enforcement organization but it specializes in managing large law enforcement training programs, e.g. in Afghanistan, Colombia, and Iraq.

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  1. 1 2 3 "Inspection of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs" (PDF). Inspector General of the Department of State. March 2014. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  2. "Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL)".