Emily Hawrysz

Date of Defense



Political Science

First Advisor

Dr. Michael Ryan

Second Advisor

Dr. Susan Pozo

Third Advisor

Dr. C. James Hueng


Money laundering is an intermediary crime of many facets associated with a diverse group of criminals that include: drug traffickers, corporate embezzlers, tax evaders, murderers and organized crime groups; it is often this inherent diversity that makes its detection difficult. Furthermore, the increased globalization of countries and markets around the world adds to the natural complexity of uncovering money laundering. Nations that are geographically oceans apart are now accessible to each other through technology, which allows for the rapid transfer of assets across jurisdictions. The main implication of this globalization and inherent complexity is that essentially no place in the world, including Latin America, can claim itself immune to or completely protected from money laundering and its effects.

Access Setting

Honors Thesis-Campus Only