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AAFA congratulates new Intellectual Property Coordinator
Dec '09
American Apparel & Footwear Association President and CEO Kevin M. Burke released the following statement applauding last night's confirmation of Victoria Espinel by the U.S. Senate to be the nation's first Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator.

“I am thrilled that the Senate has swiftly confirmed Victoria Espinel to serve as the first-ever Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator. Ms. Espinel's vast experience dealing with intellectual property issues will provide President Obama with the necessary knowledge to push forward important enforcement efforts needed to fight the growing prevalence of counterfeit products crossing our borders.

“Each year, Customs and Border Protection(CBP) consistently seizes more counterfeit apparel, footwear, and fashion accessory products than any other good imported into the United States. In 2008, fake footwear, apparel and fashion accessories accounted for more than 58 percent of all goods confiscated by CBP. Countless millions of dollars are lost each year because of counterfeiting.

“I look forward to working with Ms. Espinel to reduce these staggering numbers to the benefit of U.S. apparel and footwear businesses and their consumers.”

American Apparel & Footwear Association (AAFA)

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