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Wildcat Foundation Awards Grant for Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2017-01-26 at 3.14.05 PMWashington, D.C. January 26, 2017. The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) announced today that it received a significant grant from The Wildcat Foundation.  This grant will provide primary funding for the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program.  The NWC’s emerging Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program counters wildlife crime and promotes conservation by harnessing the power of whistleblower reward laws.… Continue Reading

NWC Presents Whistleblower Rewards before Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Screen Shot 2017-01-17 at 5.46.15 PMThis morning, National Whistleblower Center (NWC) Executive Director Stephen Kohn addressed the Federal Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking, a group of private sector experts charged with advising the Presidential Task Force on a multi-pronged approach to combat wildlife trafficking. The Task Force, co-chaired by the Secretary of State, Secretary of the Interior, and the Attorney General (or designees thereof), was… Continue Reading

NWC Releases End-of-Year Report Boasting Whistleblower Successes of 2016

Posted in End of Year
Screen Shot 2016-12-13 at 2.46.33 PMToday, the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) released its End-of-Year Report, filled with whistleblower successes from 2016.  In the past year, the NWC continued its mission to strengthen whistleblower protections and incentives, defend whistleblowers’ rights, and educate people at home and abroad about the power of whistleblowers in combatting fraud and corruption.… Continue Reading

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

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
The Poachers Pipeline: Investigating the Black Market Trade in Rhino HornThe 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

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

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