Stolen Antiquities and the Prosecutors who Recover it: A look at the Manhattan DA’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit

Legal AF by MeidasTouch

Feb 10 2022 • 38 mins

LegalAF x MeidasTouch, the top-rated weekend global news podcast covering US law and politics anchored by Ben Meiselas and Michael Popok, has launched a special weekly Wednesday short-form edition providing a piercing but entertaining look at one or two topics ripped from today’s headlines, this one co-anchored by veteran prosecutor, policy analyst and defense counsel, Karen Friedman Agnifilo (“KFA”). On this :30 minute episode the anchors shine a light into a fascinating but little known corner of the law – illegal antiquities and art trafficking. Popok and KFA explore the rarefied underworld of the high-stakes antiquities trade, pulling in auction houses, dealers, museums and collectors. The anchors focus on the novel work of the world’s only prosecutor-led antiquities recovery unit, the Manhattan DA Office’s Antiquities Trafficking Unit that has recovered over 3000 items valued at over $200mm in just the last decade. Special Easter Egg: Learn how Kim Kardashian led to the seizure of a multimillion dollar Egyptian coffin. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit