Cari N. Stinebower is a member of Crowell & Moring's International Trade Group in the firm's Washington, D.C. office. She also works closely with colleagues in the White Collar & Regulatory Enforcement, Financial Services, Corporate and Insurance and Reinsurance groups.
Cari counsels clients on compliance with U.S. economic sanctions, Bank Secrecy Act and anti-money laundering (AML) laws and regulations, export controls and anti-corruption/anti-bribery laws and regulations. She works with financial institutions and multi-national corporations to develop compliance programs, conduct AML and Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) risk assessments, conduct internal investigations, respond to government investigations, and address potential conflicts of law arising from non-U.S. data privacy and "blocking" laws and regulations. Cari also works with industry groups to develop sanctions and AML best practices policies and procedures.
Cari served as counsel for the U.S. Department of the Treasury's OFAC and as a Programs Officer for OFAC, where she advised on sanctions and anti-terrorism legislation, drafted United Nations Security Council Resolutions and related executive orders. Cari acted as agency counsel in Treasury's defense of a number of challenges to OFAC's authority, whether in litigation related to enforcement actions or in response to congressional investigations. As a result of her work at Treasury, Cari received the Secretary of the Treasury's Certificate for her role in providing guidance in the war against terrorism, establishing a program targeting the Taliban, working with the interagency group to unwind the first sanctions targeting the government of Libya, and drafting the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Designation Act.
Cari is a frequent writer and speaker on sanctions, AML and anti-corruption/anti-bribery related issues and has been quoted in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the New Yorker, Reuters, Bloomberg and MoneyLaundering.com.
She is a member of the American Bar Association's Gatekeepers' Task Force and a vice-chair of the ABA's Anti-Money Laundering subcommittee. Cari has been a guest lecturer at the George Mason School of Law.
Cari received her B.A. from Amherst College (1993), J.D. from American University's Washington College of Law (1996) and masters from American University (1996).