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The Poachers Pipeline: Investigating the Black Market Trade in Rhino Horn

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 3.23.00 PMThe illegal rhino horn trade is one of the most potent and corrupt in the illegal wildlife trafficking arena, resulting in the death of at least 6,000 rhinos in the last decade alone, leaving only 25,000 rhinos remaining. Rhino horn is also one of the most profitable products on the illegal wildlife black market, considered more valuable than gold and… Continue Reading

Webinar: Whistleblowers on Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
webinar-imageOn Thursday, November 17, 2016, Stephen M. Kohn will present a free webinar on the key role whistleblowers can play in preventing illegal wildlife trafficking. This webinar will explore how whistleblowers around the world can report wildlife crime and receive monetary awards under two legal instruments, the Lacey and Endangered Species Acts, that support the provision of monetary incentives to persons… Continue Reading

Wildlife Advocates Doubt Fake Rhino Horn Scheme Will End Illegal Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-10-13 at 3.23.00 PMPembient, a U.S. Company, is using 3D technology to engineer ‘cultured’ rhino horn containing a mixture of real rhino DNA signature and keratin. Pembient believes it can reduce the economic incentive for poachers by flooding the market with the synthetic horn at very low cost, therefore driving down the demand for the real thing.  However, the product has been controversial,… Continue Reading

CITES CoP17 to Address Illegal Wildlife Trade

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-10-12 at 10.38.27 AMThe Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 17th Conference of the Parties (CoP17) began this past week in Johannesburg, South Africa. Yury Fedotov, executive director of the UN Office on Drug and Crime, and John Scanlon, secretary-general of CITES, have both recognized the growing issue of wildlife trafficking. Fedotov and Scanlon have partnered… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Tip Alerts NOAA to Illegally Harvested Atlantic Striped Bass

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-28 at 10.04.42 AMYesterday, the Department of Justice announced that Dewey W. Willis Jr. plead guilty to federal charges for the illegal harvest of Atlantic striped bass from federal waters in 2010. It has been illegal to harvest the Atlantic striped bass, also referred to as a “rockfish” or a “striper,” from federal waters since 1990, due to the severe decrease in stock.… Continue Reading

Congress Passes “END Wildlife Trafficking Act”

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-27 at 4.38.18 PMOn September 21, 2016, The House of Representatives voted by unanimous consent to pass H.R. 2494, the Eliminate, Neutralize and Disrupt (END) Wildlife Trafficking Act. The bipartisan legislation, designed to combat the growing wildlife trafficking crisis, passed the Senate unanimously last week, on September 15.  The legislation is now before the President for signature.… Continue Reading

Blowing the Whistle to Promote Sustainable Oceans

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2016-09-15 at 9.55.37 AMToday marks the start of the third Our Ocean conference hosted by Secretary of State John F. Kerry.  The conference, which is being held in Washington, DC from September 15-16, 2016, will focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, and marine pollution, among other pressing concerns. As Secretary Kerry acknowledged, “The richness and diversity of our marine resources are being… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Selected as Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Grand Prize Winner

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
IMG_1403Washington, D.C. September 1, 2016. Today, the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge announced the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) as a Grand Prize Winner. The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, an initiative of USAID in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, is finding new, innovative solutions to the most intractable issues in the fight against wildlife trafficking.… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center and World Bank Meet to Discuss Plans to Protect Wildlife Whistleblowers

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
imageLast week, the National Whistleblower Center’s Executive Director Stephen Kohn visited the World Bank to discuss the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program with members of the Bank’s environmental protection program. Mr. Kohn’s presentation covered the background and specifics of the Program, which aims to educate potential wildlife whistleblowers around the world about their rights to protection and rewards under U.S. law, thereby encouraging those whistleblowers… Continue Reading

Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Highlights Importance of Whistleblowers on World Wildlife Day

Posted in Events, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
#WWD2016 #InOurHandsToday, the Departments of Justice, State, and the Interior, co-hosted a panel discussion with the Presidential Task Force on Wildlife Trafficking to celebrate “World Wildlife Day.” John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General for the Environment and Natural Resources Division, underscored the urgency of combating wildlife trafficking by reminding the audience, “If we don’t do better, we’re going to be telling… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Joins World Wildlife Day Movement

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
World Wildlife Day #WWD2016 #InOurHandsThe National Whistleblower Center has sent some of our staff to attend today’s World Wildlife Day (WWD) events in New York City and Washington D.C. They will be meeting with international leaders and organizers who are leading the charge to protect wildlife across the globe. The United Nations introduced World Wildlife Day on March 3, 2013, to celebrate the beauty… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Project Wins People’s Choice Award

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Crime Tech ChallengeProtections for wildlife whistleblowers greatly enhanced Washington, D.C. February 10, 2016.  The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge announced that the National Whistleblower Center won its People’s Choice competition.  The National Whistleblower Center’s “Secured Internet Wildlife Crime Reporting System” received the most votes in the worldwide competition. The NWC’s project was one of 44 projects from around the world eligible for the People’s… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Wins Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge Award

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowersWashington D.C., USA. January 21, 2016—The Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge program, an initiative of the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in partnership with the National Geographic Society, the Smithsonian Institution, and TRAFFIC, announced today that the National Whistleblower Center’s “Secured Internet Wildlife Crime Reporting System” is one of the Wildlife Crime Challenge prize winners. Launched in 2014, the Wildlife… Continue Reading

Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers A Breakthrough for Environmental Protection

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers A Breakthrough for Environmental ProtectionWashington, D.C. January 4, 2016. The Environmental Law Reporter published an article that explains how the monetary rewards provisions for whistleblowers in both the Lacey Act and the Endangered Species Act can have a massive impact on the detection and deterrence of wildlife crimes. The article, “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence,” published… Continue Reading

Wildlife Crime Whistleblower Protection Campaign Unveiled

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Protect wildlife crime whistleblowersNew Tool to Combat Wildlife Trafficking Washington, D.C. October 27, 2015. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced today the launch of a new campaign to protect wildlife crime whistleblowers. This campaign was developed in response to inquiries from anti-trafficking NGOs and government officials who sought a way to incentivize whistleblowers to report wildlife crimes. The NWC identified seven major wildlife laws,… Continue Reading

Whistleblower Allegations Trigger TransCanada Investigation

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, News
transcanada-pipeA March 18, 2015 report by Reuters New Agency reveals Canada’s energy regulator , National Energy Board (NEB) is investigating up to a dozen new allegations of natural gas pipeline safety-code violations at TransCanada. According to the exclusive report, this is the second time in recent years NEB has looked into the safety practices at Canada’s second-largest pipeline company following complaints by a… Continue Reading

Ry Cooder writes song for Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News
Singer-Songwriter Ry Cooder has written and recorded a song honoring environmental whistleblower Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo.  Called "Kool-Aid," the song is featured in Cooder’s new album, "Election Special." Cooder (pictured in this photo by Dani Canto) felt inspired to write this song after hearing Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s interview on the Smiley & West show. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo sacrificed her career at the U.S.… Continue Reading

Occupy EPA protest planned for March 30

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
Occupy EPA is marching again. On Friday, March 30, 2012, at 12 noon, they will march from Franklin Square Park (13th & I Sts NW in Washington, DC) to the headquarters of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (12th & Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Federal Triangle, Washington DC). There, at 1:00 pm, they will lead a rally with EPA whistleblowers, Dr. Marsha… Continue Reading

Dr. Coleman-Adebayo on C-SPAN this weekend

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events
You can catch Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture at the Mid-Manhattan Library on C-Span/Book TV starting tomorrow. Called No FEAR: A Whistleblowers Triumph, the lecture draws on her book, NO FEAR: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at EPA.  You can read our coverage of her book signing here. C-SPAN will air Dr. Coleman-Adebayo’s lecture: Saturday, January 21st at 9:15am (ET)… Continue Reading

Honest Appalachia launches whistleblower site

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers
On-line activists in West Virginia have launched a whistleblower web site called Honest Appalachia.  It provides a means for whistleblowers to upload documents for public disclosure. The project’s lead developer, Garrett Robinson, told WFPL that the objective is to help local journalists get information about local issues that can help them make more useful reports about Appalachian issues. The project… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Handbook, Second Edition, is released today

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, FBI Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, News, Publications and Resources, Tax Whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ
The NWC is proud to announce the release of the second edition of The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. This second edition includes a new 20–page checklist on the procedures for obtaining Dodd-Frank Act rewards from the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The checklist covers the SEC’s regulations that went into effect on… Continue Reading