Current Actions

  • Take Action! Demand the SEC Withdraw the Proposed Rule Amendments to the SEC Whistleblower Program

    On June 29, 2018, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) announced proposed amendments that will undermine the rules governing its successful whistleblower program. The proposed rules will allow large corporate fraud to go unreported. 

    “The proposed rule amendments remove the incentive for high level corporate executives to risk losing their careers by blowing the whistle on large corporate fraud,” said Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of National Whistleblower Center.

    The proposed rules have caused uproar in the whistleblower community where they were met with swift criticism. SEC Commissioners Stein and Jackson also issued public statements opposing the proposed rule amendments.

    “At the end of the day, an effective anti-corruption program can work only if telling the truth and reporting frauds is more profitable then committing the crimes. The proposed rule ignores this reality. It disincentives the most important potential whistleblowers in the securities industry and takes away the Commission’s best advertisement for promoting honesty in the markets,” said Kohn, in an Op-ed published by Law 360.

    The SEC is seeking public comments on its proposed rule amendments. Please act now by submitting a comment to urge the SEC to withdraw it's proposal to cap the rate of rewards and reduce rewards in large fraud cases  and uphold the intent of Congress to incentivize whistleblowers as a weapon against large corporate fraud.  Instead the Commission must use the rulemaking to ensure that rewards are timely paid and that all restrictions on employees directly filing claims with the SEC are removed.

    Please join with the NWC and take action on this critical issue.

    Please pass this alert onto a friend, co-worker or family member!    

  • Urge Your Representatives to Support Legislation That Combats Wildlife Trafficking!

    On May 8, 2018, Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-GU) and Rep. Don Young (R-AK), leading members of the House Natural Resources Committee, introduced a groundbreaking anti-wildlife trafficking bill which will revolutionize the ability of law enforcement to prosecute traffickers. This is the most powerful anti-wildlife trafficking bill of our generation.

     

    TAKE ACTION: Support the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018!

     

     

    Here are some reasons why we need your voice to support this groundbreaking law:

    • It creates strong incentives for whistleblowers around the world to report trafficking crimes.
    • It enhances the laws that can be used to prosecute wildlife traffickers and makes wildlife trafficking a violation under powerful organized crime statutes.
    • It mandates that all of the fines and penalties collected from successful prosecutions be used for wildlife conservation efforts worldwide.

     

    This is the perfect storm for accountability: enhanced detection, enhanced prosecution, and using monies from the criminals to protect wildlife, at no cost to the taxpayer.

     

    Urge your Representatives to support the Wildlife Conservation and Anti-Trafficking Act of 2018, a powerful piece of legislation that will close the gaps in our enforcement of wildlife trafficking.

  • Urge U.S. Federal Agencies To Recognize National Whistleblower Day!

    The U.S. Senate has unanimously passed a resolution to recognize July 30, 2018 as "National Whistleblower Appreciation Day."  

    240 years ago, on July 30th, 1778, our Founding Fathers unanimously passed America's first whistleblower protection law. This visionary action, taken during the height of the American Revolution, stands today as a testament to the importance of whistleblowing in our history. This is a day that should be remembered and celebrated.

    TAKE ACTION: Urge U.S. federal agencies to formally recognize July 30th as National Whistleblower Day! Urge Trump to pass an executive order permanently establishing National Whistleblower Day!

    We must remember how our Founding Fathers stood up to defend whistleblowers, and demand that our current leaders follow this tradition—to support and honor the sacrifices whistleblowers have endured, and ensure that our nation's laws protect these heroes.

    Click here to learn more about the history of the first U.S. whistleblower law from National Whistleblower Center Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn.

    Click here to read the Whistleblower Law of 1778.

    Click here to donate to National Whistleblower Center, and thank you for your support!

  • Demand Full Investigation into Facebook’s Role in Illegal Wildlife Trade

    It was revealed this week that an anonymous whistleblower has filed a complaint with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) alleging that Facebook is being used as a platform to facilitate illegal wildlife trafficking.

    Read the whistleblower's statements: Facebook Whistleblower Alleges Company Chooses to Profit from the Trafficking of Endangered Species 

    TAKE ACTION: Demand that the SEC conduct a full investigation into the nature and extent of Facebook’s involvement in illicit wildlife crime!

    Wildlife trafficking is a multi-billion dollar annual industry that threatens human security and biodiversity. It is essential that Facebook be held accountable for its participation in criminal activity. Write to the Chairman of the SEC today, demanding an investigation of this issue, and that Facebook be brought to justice for profiting from wildlife trafficking.

    In a statement to the press, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, Stephen M. Kohn, said "Facebook is not an innocent bystander to these crimes." He continued, "Facebook sold advertisements on the very pages the illegal ivory was being marketed." 

    To learn more, read the AP article: Facebook puts ads on pages illegally selling animal parts

  • Demand That Congress Supports #MeToo Legislation

    This week a new bill titled the Congressional Act of 1995 Reform Act (H.R.4822) is expected to land on the floor of the House. In the midst of the #MeToo movement, the bill aims to protect employees who are victims of sexual harassment, or who face retaliation for raising such claims. 

    According to a Committee on House Administration press release, in broad strokes the bill amends the law to (i) better protect employees; (ii) streamline the process to report and resolve disputes; (iii) hold Members personally responsible for their conduct and any sexual harassment awards or settlements; (iv) improve and strengthen transparency.

    As the law currently stands, those who want to file a lawsuit regarding sexual harassment can only do so after a convoluted, months-long process which includes counseling and mediation. This delay on justice is unacceptable. The new bill will eliminate this provision, and create a better, more streamlined process to report sexual harassment and seek justice.

    TAKE ACTION: Let your representatives know you support legislation that creates a fairer, more transparent process for survivors of sexual harassment to seek justice. Urge your representatives to support the Congressional Act of 1995 Reform Act! 

    Individuals who blow the whistle on sexual misconduct must be protected.

  • Federal Employee Whistleblowers Denied Due Process Rights

    Federal employee whistleblowers are being denied basic due process rights by the failure of Congress to permit these courageous workers to bring their case to federal court. 

    Under current law, federal employees are blocked from having their cases heard in federal district court, and instead have to go before the Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) —a three-person body appointed by the President. Whistleblowers are judged by the very political officials they are blowing the whistle on!

    TAKE ACTION! Demand that Congress grants federal employee whistleblowers the same access to an independent court review, as state and local government employees and corporate employees.

    Although the MSPB procedure has been harshly criticized over the years, things have become worse. As reported in today's Washington Post, President Trump has failed to nominate members to the Board, thus denying the right of federal whistleblowers to have their cases decided. The steadily growing backlog of 660 cases, is leaving hundreds of people in limbo with no resolution in sight.

    Without federal court access, it will take whistleblowers years to obtain decisions from the Board.

    TAKE ACTION! Give federal employee whistleblowers the right to file cases in federal court!

  • Demand U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Ban Elephant Trophy Imports

    On March 1st the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) reversed their ban on bringing ivory and elephant parts into the U.S. It is now legal for hunters to bring back tusks and other parts as "trophies."

    Tell the FWS that this policy reversal is unacceptable. The decision ends an Obama-era trophy ban that President Trump voiced support for last year. 

    The argument that hunting funds conservation is false. In fact, trophy hunting makes up as little as .78% of tourism spending in many countries that provide opportunities for hunting, including Zimbabwe, Botswana, and Namibia. Because of corruption, trophy hunting funds often line the pockets of middlemen or local government officials. And the quotas established for killing elephants are frequently set without scientific basis.

    Elephant populations are being decimated. According to the 2016 Great Elephant Census, an estimated 27,000 elephants are killed each year by poachers. Allowing wealthy individuals to hunt endangered populations for blood thirsty entertainment is disgraceful, and reinforces the negligent attitude the FWS has taken towards combatting global wildlife trafficking and the elephant extinction crisis.

    It is more important than ever that the FWS make a stand to protect elephants. Demand that the FWS reverse their decision. Take action now to protect elephants!

  • Tell Congress to Support Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers


    The Global Wildlife Whistleblower CenterDemand Congress calls on the Secretaries of Commerce, Interior, Treasury, and Agriculture to set up a wildlife crime whistleblower program! We must send a clear message to whistleblowers everywhere that the U.S. government supports, protects, and rewards whistleblowers who report global wildlife trafficking. 

    We have lost so much of our planet's wildlife. Every day that passes we come closer to losing more forever.

    Please send an urgent message to your Congress member now to demand their support for a wildlife whistleblower program to work with whistleblowers worldwide in stopping the extinction crisis. 

  • Support Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers

    Those who try to speak out against the illegal wildlife trade often risk their lives with no safe, confidential, or effective way to report wildlife crime to authorities. Yet whistleblowers are the most powerful tool we have in stopping the illegal destruction of rainforests, wildlife trafficking, and illegal fishing practices.

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    Major U.S. wildlife laws (including the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, the Rhinoceros and Tiger Conservation Act and, and many others) require U.S. government agencies to protect whistleblowers who report wildlife trafficking and other wildlife crimes. However, these agencies have failed to implement a whistleblower program for over thirty years.

    Please sign our letter to send an urgent message to the U.S. Secretaries of Interior, Commerce, Treasury, and Agriculture, and the President, asking them to protect and reward wildlife crime whistleblowers.

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