Confidential Intel Briefs (CIBs)

Upon the conclusion of our investigations, EAL prepares a Confidential Intelligence Brief (CIB) to share with relevant law enforcement bodies at national, regional, and international levels (and sometimes with our closest partner NGOs), depending on the nature of intelligence and which agencies are well-positioned to take effective action.


CIB China Cover Redacted Sample

Cover of the CIB shared with a Chinese law enforcement agency

The CIB contains information that, in order to help law enforcement, we do not publish in the Public Report. 
If a time-sensitive situation demands it, operations aimed at dismantling trafficking networks or arresting key traffickers can be launched anytime during the investigation. These operations may be conducted with the support of an ally NGO to avoid drawing attention to EAL’s investigation.
Once all sensitive information has been dealt with, EAL will produce a separate Public Report that explains the background for the investigation and presents findings relevant to prevention and public advocacy. It will be shared with a range of allies in the NGO and public sectors through targeted outreach to collegial organizations working on wildlife poaching and trafficking in locations covered in the investigation.
With our CIBs and Public Reports we:
  1. provide intelligence and evidence to law enforcement agencies, so they can disrupt trafficking networks and hold perpetrators accountable;
  2. provide the information NGOs need to more effectively tailor and target demand reduction campaigns;
  3. provide data to policy makers that will help build political will and trigger the necessary policy changes at national and international levels.

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