Laura is a Senior Analyst at the Global Initiative Against Transnational Organized Crime. While she provides research for a number of Global Initiative projects, analysing a diverse range of organized crime flows across the world, her current focus relates to organized crime in the Middle East, and the organized crime-conflict nexus. Laura also leads the development of the Organized Crime Index, assessing the scope and scale of organized crime and countries’ capacity to respond. Prior to joining the Global Initiative, Laura worked with the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Terrorism Prevention Branch, where she engaged in research related to terrorism and violent extremism and provided legal counter-terrorism technical assistance to Member States. Laura previously worked with STATT, a boutique global consulting firm, where she concentrated on human rights and prison reform, as well as migration flows. Laura holds a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of St. Thomas.