JOHN CABOT UNIVERSITY
and The Department of Modern Languages and Literature present
A Roundtable Discussion: The Challenges of Transnational Organized Crime Today
An analysis of the manifestations of transnational organized crime, the challenges they pose and their implications today.
Franco Roberti, (Direzione Nazionale Antimafia),
Kieran Ramsey and Michael Gaeta, (U.S. Embassy, Rome)
Chaired by Dr. Felia Allum, (University of Bath, author of The Invisible Camorra, Cornell University Press 2016).
The event will be in English and Italian. Refreshments will be served afterwards.
Tuesday, 25 October 2016, 6-8pm
Aula Magna Regina, Guarini Campus, Via della Lungara 233
RSVP through Eventbrite is mandatory as seats are limited. Photo ID required.
John Cabot University, Via della Lungara, 233 00165 Rome
You will be asked to show photo ID at the door.
Biographical information about the speakers:
Originally from Naples, Mr. Roberti began his career as a Magistrate Judge in 1975. Following the Irpinia earthquake of November 1980, he was the examining magistrate in the criminal trial assessing responsibility for the buildings that collapsed much more easily than they should have. In 1982, he started serving as Deputy Public Prosecutor for the Criminal Court of Naples, where he was responsible for investigations into corruption in the public administration, Mafia-type organized crime and terrorism.
From 1993 to 2001, Mr Roberti served as the National Anti-Mafia Deputy Prosecutor at the Direzione Nazionale Antimafia (National Anti-Mafia Directorate) and in 2011 became Associate Public Prosecutor in Naples. Until 2005, he coordinated the unit investigating treason and terrorism, as well as coordinating the subdivision responsible for preventive measures against suspected criminals.
From 2005 to 2009, he served as coordinator of the District Anti-Mafia Directorate at the Public Prosecutor’s Office in Naples. Here, he directed key investigations into criminal organizations active in Naples and Caserta, including the trials against the “Clan dei Casalesi.”
From 2009, Roberti served as Public Prosecutor for the Court of Salerno, and was responsible for coordinating the District Anti-Mafia Directorate. In 2013, the High Judicial Council appointed him National Anti-Mafia Prosecutor and in 2015 he was elected to serve as the National Anti-Mafia and Counterterrorism Prosecutor.
Mr. Ramsey, originally from New York, earned his B.S. from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, and M.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC. He began his law enforcement career in 1994 with the former U.S. Customs Service. While with Customs, Mr. Ramsey served as a Special Agent (SA) in Laredo, Texas and worked a myriad of investigations concerning drug trafficking and money laundering against the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels. Mr. Ramsey entered on duty as a Special Agent of the FBI in 1998. From 1999 through 2005, he served in the Seattle Division, where he had assignments on a public corruption task force, an organized crime squad, and on the Seattle Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF). In 2005, Mr. Ramsey was promoted to FBI Headquarters, which was then followed by subsequent leadership roles as the Legal Attaché (LEGAT) in Cairo, Egypt and the Supervisory Senior Resident Agent (SSRA) of New Hampshire. In 2013, he was promoted to the position of Assistant Special Agent in Charge (ASAC) for the Boston Division and led the Boston Marathon Bombing Task Force, as well as multiple disruptions against ISIL directed terrorist plots. In March 2016, Mr. Ramsey reported to Rome, Italy, in his current role as LEGAT for Italy, the Holy See, San Marino, and Malta.
Mr. Gaeta began his FBI career in 1996 in the New York Field Office where he investigated and supervised La Cosa Nostra organized crime cases for thirteen years. In 2009, Mr. Gaeta became the supervisory special agent for the Eurasian Organized Crime squad. Under his direction, the Eurasian Organized Crime squad aggressively addressed the Eurasian Organized Crime threat and engaged with domestic and international law enforcement partners to advance cases and develop and share intelligence. The squad had scores of successful indictments in high profile cases that indicted fraud amounts over $400 million (USD) and indicted laundered amounts over $200 million (USD) during his tenure. Mr. Gaeta joined the FBI’s Legal Attaché Office in Rome as the Assistant Legal Attaché in May 2014. Prior to working for the FBI, Mr. Gaeta practiced law in New York City.
Dr. Allum is Lecturer in Italian History and Politics at the University of Bath. After doing her undergraduate degree at the University of Newcastle, she was awarded a Masters degree in European Politics and Policy from the London School of Economics. In 2000 she completed her PhD on the Neapolitan Camorra at the University of Brunel in London. Before moving to Bath, she was a lecturer in European Politics in the Polis Institute at the University of Leeds. She has published a large number of books and articles on contemporary transnational organized crime and on the Camorra in particular. Her most recent book, The Invisible Camorra, will shortly be released by Cornell University Press. We are very honored to have her as a Visting Fellow this year at John Cabot University.