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May 23, 2019
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The CWAG Annual Meeting
June 17 - 20, 2019
Santa Barbara, CA

The Conference of Western Attorneys General, New Mexico Attorney General and CWAG Chair Hector Balderas, and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra look forward to seeing our registered attendees at the CWAG 2019 Annual Meeting in Santa Barbara, California this June 17 to 20, 2019. While the meeting itself is now sold out, we are excited to announce that some of our sessions will be live streamed throughout the conference. As always, the full conference will be available for complimentary viewing on the CWAG website 2 weeks after the close of the event, and most sessions will be available for CLE credit via our partnership with West LegalEdCenter after the event as well. 

Our draft agenda is now available below, we will see you soon!
Attorney General Brnovich Joins Antitrust Lawsuit Against 20 Generic Drug Manufacturers and 15 Senior Executives
May 13, 2019

Attorney General Mark Brnovich, along with 43 other state attorneys general, filed an antitrust lawsuit against Teva Pharmaceuticals and 19 of the nation’s largest generic drug manufacturers, alleging a broad conspiracy to artificially inflate and manipulate prices, reduce competition, and unreasonably restrain trade for more than 100 different generic drugs. The federal lawsuit also names 15 senior executive defendants at the heart of the conspiracy who were responsible for sales, marketing, pricing, and operations. The drugs at issue account for billions of dollars of sales in the United States, and the alleged schemes increased prices affecting the health insurance market, taxpayer-funded healthcare programs like Medicare and Medicaid, and individuals who paid artificially-inflated prices for their prescription drugs.
Legislation to Prevent Future Backlog of Untested Sexual Assault Kits Introduced with Bipartisan Support
May 20, 2019

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul announced legislation designed to prevent a future backlog of untested sexual assault kits has been introduced as Assembly Bill 214 and Senate Bill 200 with bipartisan support from 49 legislators.
Utah Attorney General's Office Confirm Large Scale ICAC Operation
May 20, 2019

Utah Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced the arrest of thirteen individuals in Utah County following a recent operation targeting child sexual predators. Charges include Enticing a Minor, Attempted Rape of a Child, Attempted Sodomy of a Child, Attempted Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child, Attempted Forcible Sexual Abuse, Criminal Solicitation, and more, for a total of 48 charges.
Attorney General Fights Sex Trafficking in Nebraska
Kearney Hub
May 20, 2019

Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson has formed a statewide task force to address trafficking and associated issues.

General Peterson spoke last month at the University of Nebraska at Kearney as part of the International Justice Mission’s (IJM) Justice Week. The IJM spreads awareness of global human trafficking and works to combat it.
Major Donation Brings New Capabilities to Malawi's Fight Against Wildlife Traffickers

On May 17th, 2019, The CWAG Africa Alliance Partnership (CWAG AAP) organized a ceremony to acknowledge the handing over of equipment donated to the Department of National Parks and Wildlife in Lilongwe, Malawi.

The CWAG Africa Alliance Partnership coordinated the donation by the Wildlife Investigator’s Training Alliance of more than $86,000 worth of used equipment to be delivered to the Malawi Department of National Parks and Wildlife.

The donations included used or surplus items like body armor, tactical vests, uniforms including boots, coveralls, jackets, hearing protection, binoculars, and hydration bladders. In addition, WITA President and Tennessee Wildlife Officer Shawn Karns and his team took investigation equipment to Malawi for an in-person training program in January, including 3 new electronic locator units, digital cameras, and evidence collection bags and tags.

The Malawi DNPW is looking forward to deploying the donated equipment to improve their investigative capacity, as well as their preventative patrol program. With these donations of equipment and CWAG AAP training, they’ll be in a stro nger position to investigate and prosecute poaching and wildlife trafficking cases.
Used Equipment Donations

To donate used or surplus items to the CWAG Alliance Partnership to share with our partner law enforcement agencies overseas, please contact Administrative Director Susan Lustig, at , or (805) 264-4277. Thank you!