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Wildlife Trafficking: Fighting a Culture of Intimidation

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wayne Lotter, Conservationist

Every day, park rangers and conservationists like Wayne Lotter, of PAMS Foundation Tanzania, risk their lives to fight against global wildlife trafficking. Too often, their stories end in tragedy. Over 1,000 rangers have been killed in the line of duty in the last 10 years. And last week, Lotter was shot and killed in Tanzania. These killings send a chilling message to anyone who dares to expose the criminals exploiting plants, fish, and animals all over the world.

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Four Ways Whistleblower Rewards Can Save Lions From Extinction

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Lion

Lion populations worldwide have been in consistent decline, initially classified as vulnerable and more recently added to the Endangered Species Act. Whether killed for sale in the wildlife trafficking trade, as a hunting trophy, or in retaliation for feeding off farmers’ livestock, humans are the cause for the dwindling population. But humans can also be the solution, if given the opportunity.  These are four proven ways implementing whistleblower reward laws can stop the illegal wildlife trade from wiping out lions and other species from our planet.

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Tanzania’s Biggest Whistleblower Visits National Whistleblower Center

Posted in Government Whistleblowers, International
Program visitors from Africa

The Human Rights Defenders’ 2015 Whistleblower Award recipient, David Kafulila, recently visited the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) in Washington, DC, with a group of business and government professionals from countries across Africa. NWC Executive Director and whistleblower law expert Stephen Kohn taught participants about whistleblower rights in the U.S., and best practices they could potentially adopt in their home countries—many of which are rampant with government corruption and offer little, if any, protection for whistleblowers.

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Senator Grassley: “Whistleblowers are Heroes and Patriots”

Posted in Events
Senator Chuck Grassley

Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has been a stalwart champion for whistleblowers since he joined the Senate in the early 1980s. Grassley initiated and supported many of the incredible advances we have seen in whistleblower law over the past three decades and, along with cosponsors from both parties, introduced important resolutions celebrating National Whistleblower Day for the past four years.

On July 27th, 2017, Senator Grassley gave a stirring speech on the heroism of whistleblowers as a Keynote Speaker at the National Whistleblower Center’s National Whistleblower Day celebration on Capitol Hill. The Senator thanked whistleblowers for their service to the American people, emphasizing, “… Whistleblowers are patriots and heroes … We owe a great debt to you—the whistleblowers.  We have a responsibility to follow your example and keep fighting for responsible business and accountable government.”

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Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day Celebration

Posted in News
Strong Bipartisan Support for Whistleblowers at National Whistleblower Day Celebration

Washington, D.C. July 28, 2017. Members of Congress and agency leaders honored whistleblowers at yesterday’s National Whistleblower Day Celebration. The event was hosted by the National Whistleblower Center, the nation’s leading whistleblower advocacy group.  Strong bipartisan support for whistleblowers was apparent from both Members of Congress and the agency leader in attendance.   Continue Reading

The Final Rule: Remember July 30th 1778

Posted in Events, Uncategorized, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.   

Whistleblowing is the foundation of democracy. “The roots of whistleblowing can be found deep in the American dream,” declares Stephen Kohn, Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. One might think this a bold assertion, but the first recorded instance of whistleblowing happened even before our nation had written a constitution. Even without explicit first amendment protections in the newly independent United States, whistleblowers were backed and protected by members of Congress, viewed as patriots serving their country.

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Whistleblower Groups to Celebrate in a United National Summit for Whistleblowers!

Posted in Events, News

This week, a wide range of whistleblower advocacy groups will be participating in the annual Whistleblower Summit for Human and Civil Rights, in honor of National Whistleblower Day on July 30th. The annual Summit provides an opportunity for whistleblowers, whistleblower advocates, and whistleblower supporting organizations to discuss the state of whistleblower protection in the United States and plan the future fight for whistleblower rights.

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Rule 30 – Never Forget: Whistleblowing Works

Posted in Handbook, Whistleblowing Works
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.

One mental hurdle that prevents employees who want to blow the whistle from doing so “is a nagging doubt that they are powerless. Why blow the whistle if nothing will get better?” To many, it seems that the downside, including potentially losing one’s careers, outweighs an unclear benefit.  National Whistleblower Center Executive Director addresses this issue in the latest edition of his book, The New Whistleblower’s Handbook (Lyon’s Press, 2017).

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Updated Version of the Premier Consumer’s Guide to Whistleblower Protection Released

Posted in Handbook, News
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Today the National Whistleblower Center (NWC)  announced the release of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press 2017). This updated resource, authored by leading whistleblower attorney Stephen M. Kohn, brings the most comprehensive and authoritative guide to exposing workplace wrongdoing up-to-date with new information on wildlife whistleblowing, auto safety whistleblowing, national security whistleblowing, and ocean pollution whistleblowing. Continue Reading

Rule 12: Get a Reward! End Wildlife Trafficking.

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Handbook
The New Whistleblower's Handbook

Part of the “Quick Peek” Series, exploring the NEW edition of Stephen Kohn‘s Whistleblower’s Handbook.

Whistleblowers are the key to ending wildlife trafficking and Stephen Kohn, the executive director of the National Whistleblower Center, knows it. There are over forty U.S. wildlife protection laws with Whistleblower rewards built into them. Unfortunately, for over 30 years no one has used reward provisions to activate whistleblowers to report wildlife crime (the first such provision was added the Lacey Act in 1981). Continue Reading