Biography

Mary Butler is the chief of the International Unit of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section at the U.S. Department of Justice.  As chief, she oversees the Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.  The mission of the Initiative is to recover assets linked to foreign corruption that affect the US financial system and to prosecute those involved where appropriate.  An important goal of the Initiative is to return the net recovered assets for the benefit of the people harmed by the corruption through agreements that ensure the transparent and accountable use of the funds. Prosecutors in the International Unit also enforce foreign court restraining and forfeiture orders against assets in the United States involving all crimes and implement the Department’s international asset sharing program.  International Unit prosecutors also participate in the US delegations to FATF and the UNCAC Conference of State Parties, as well as various informal international networks of asset recovery practitioners.  The Unit works closely with the FBI’s International Corruption Unit and special agents of the Department of Homeland Security and Internal Revenue Service Criminal Investigations.    

Mary is a career federal prosecutor.  After working as an associate in private practice in Chicago, Mary worked as an AUSA in the US Attorney’s office in the Southern District of Florida in Miami for 12 years.  After serving as the chief of the Public Corruption Section, she moved to the Public Integrity Section at Main Justice.  From 2011- 2014, Mary served on a detail in Ukraine as a DOJ OPDAT Resident Legal Advisor.  She joined MLARS as the International Unit’s chief in 2014.