Looting and trafficking of illicit antiquities is a significant problem, which has been exacerbated by the breakdown in civil society and the slowing economies since the Arab Spring, as well as with the rise of ISIS. A not for profit fighting antiquities looting and trafficking had trouble reaching scale in its fight against the problem in the MENA region.
Our team designed a government affairs and messaging strategy that raised awareness on the importance of addressing this crisis as a foreign policy and economic issue, not just one about saving cultural heritage.
Our team helped launch and position the not for profit to be one of the thought leaders on the issues of cultural racketeering – the systematic theft of antiquities by organized crime and terrorist organizations. We developed an outreach program to MENA governments that resulted in the launch of the first Ministerial level conference in the region on this important issue, as well as the creation of a regional Cultural Heritage Government Task Force that will be advised by the not for profit on how to develop and implement practical solutions to bring a halt to this illicit trade and help these governments use heritage as a means to rebuild their economies.
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