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National Whistleblower Center Meets with Top U.S. Department of Commerce Officials

Posted in International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Meets with Top Department of Commerce OfficialsThis week the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) met with the U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) General Counsel Peter Davidson and Senior Counsel James Uthmeier to discuss the implementation of whistleblower laws in their agency. NWC was represented by Executive Director Stephen M. Kohn, Managing Director of the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program Scott Hajost, and Co-Chairperson of the Board Dr. Gina Green.… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Celebrates World Wildlife Day

Posted in Campaigns, Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, International, International Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Celebrates World Wildlife DayToday the National Whistleblower Center is excited to celebrate World Wildlife Day, a day that commemorates the signing of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) 45 years ago in Washington, D.C. CITES was an important step forward in promoting the protection of wildlife and biodiversity around the world. While this is a… Continue Reading

National Whistleblower Center Names Scott Hajost Managing Director of Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
National Whistleblower Center Names Scott Hajost Managing Director of Global Wildlife Whistleblower ProgramThe National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is proud to announce that Scott Hajost has been named the new managing director of the NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program. Mr. Hajost will work to forge new partnerships, both in the U.S. and globally, to refer and protect whistleblowers in the areas of wildlife crime, including illegal logging and fishing.… Continue Reading

To Honor Esmond Martin, U.S. Agencies Must Implement Wildlife Whistleblower Programs

Posted in Campaigns, Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
To Honor Esmond Martin, Implement a Wildlife Whistleblower ProgramEsmond Martin, after decades of working undercover investigating the illegal wildlife trade, was found stabbed to death in his Nairobi home earlier this week. Martin was an extraordinarily intelligent man. An American geographer from New York, Martin published books and extensive reports on Kenya, Tanzania, Vietnam, and Laos. But it may have been Martin’s bravery that got him killed.… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers Beware: Your Work Computer Is Probably Monitored

Posted in Corporate Whistleblowers, Environmental Whistleblowers, FBI Whistleblower Blog, FBI Whistleblowers, FDA Whistleblowers, Government Whistleblowers, Tax Whistleblowers, Trucker whistleblowers, Whistleblower FAQ, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Before Blowing the Whistle, Make Sure to Secure Your Tech PrivacyPicture this: while at work you become aware of conduct that you believe is unethical, illegal, or qualifies as government waste, fraud, or abuse. You decide you want to blow the whistle. But before you act, be careful! Most corporate and government networks log traffic. Your work computer and phone are not private. When you use a company or department… Continue Reading

Customs Fraud, Wildlife Crime, and the Value of Whistleblowers

Posted in False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Customs Fraud, Wildlife Crime, and the Value of WhistleblowersIn late 2017, federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York (considered one of America’s most important judicial districts) settled a case against Notations, a garment wholesaler. In a case originally brought by a qui tam relator (a.k.a. a whistleblower), Notations admitted to ignoring repeated warning signs that its Chinese importer was lying about the value of its imported… Continue Reading

Wildlife Trafficking: Fighting a Culture of Intimidation

Posted in News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wayne Lotter, ConservationistEvery 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… Continue Reading

Four Ways Whistleblower Rewards Can Save Lions From Extinction

Posted in Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
LionLion 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.… Continue Reading

Rule 12: Get a Reward! End Wildlife Trafficking.

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Handbook
the Whistleblower’s HandbookPart 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… Continue Reading

Whistleblowers: Our Secret Weapon in the Fight Against Wildlife Trafficking

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wild leopard in Kruger ParkThe illegal wildlife trade is wiping entire species from our planet, and causing irreparable damage to our biological ecosystems. Despite all of the national and international government regulations and anti-poaching measures by nonprofit groups and other organizations, wildlife trafficking is an incredibly lucrative trade that continues to thrive, valued at $7 – 23 billion per year. If there is any… Continue Reading

Against the Tide: Whistleblowers and Illegal Fishing

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
World Ocean Day (June 8th), is a global celebration of the vast, and largely unexplored, underwater world that makes up the majority of our planet. It’s also an annual opportunity to highlight the action needed to preserve the ocean’s extraordinary ecosystems, of which we still haven’t even scratched the surface of understanding. In the spirit of World Oceans Day, the… Continue Reading

Have We Learned Anything From the Extinction of the Vaquita?

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Vaquitas caught in gillnetsToday, on Endangered Species Day, we bid farewell to yet another beautiful species decimated by human activity: the vaquita.  With less than a handful of these small porpoises left in the world, experts have concluded there is no option but to pursue a risky, last-ditch attempt at preserving vaquitas by removing them from the wild and placing them in captivity.… Continue Reading

Wildlife Whistleblower Laws to be Discussed at Rethinking Animals Summit

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
The Rethinking Animals Summit 2017 will be held May 6-7 addressing the massive global exploitation of animals and ways to create sustainable initiatives – including wildlife whistleblower laws. As humans continue to exploit animals and their resources for economic activities their existence becomes increasingly threatened. The summit aims to assemble “science, health business, conservation, animal welfare, security and ethics leaders… Continue Reading

NWC Speaking at EDTx 2017

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, Events, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Earth Day Texas, or EDTx 2017, will take place Friday, April 21st – Sunday, April 23rd, 2017, in Dallas, Texas.  EDTx is notably “the world’s largest annual forum for sharing the latest initiatives, discoveries, research, innovations, policies and corporate practices that are reshaping the future.” This year’s agenda is packed with presentations from over 225 experts and thought leaders and… Continue Reading

An Uncertain Future for South Africa’s Rhinos

Posted in International, News, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Rhino mother and babyOn April 5, 2017, South Africa’s Constitutional Court legalized domestic trade in rhino horn against the South African government’s desire to keep the ban in place.  South Africa is home to 70% of the world’s dwindling population of rhinos, and the decision has sparked questions about the potential impact on poaching and rhinos’ survival in the country.… Continue Reading

Tackling Wildlife Trafficking: Legal Tools and Tactics

Posted in Legislation, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
ELI Seminar Part Two PanelThe National Whistleblower Center (NWC) and the Environmental Law Institute (ELI) hosted the second part of its seminar series on wildlife crime whistleblowers on March 28th, 2017.  “Representing Wildlife Whistleblowers: Technical Skills for Lawyers” focused on wildlife crime prosecutions and the powerful U.S. laws that attorneys can use when helping whistleblowers report wildlife crime.  These laws include not only wildlife… Continue Reading

Elephant Action League’s Wildleaks Joins NWC’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program

Posted in Campaigns, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildleaks and the NWCPress Release March 29, 2017 Elephant Action League (EAL), through its project WildLeaks, and the National Whistleblower Center (NWC), through its Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program, are thrilled to announce a collaboration that will enable wildlife whistleblowers around the world to safely and anonymously file wildlife crime reports, and help ensure that these courageous whistleblowers qualify for monetary rewards.… Continue Reading

Despite Bipartisan Efforts to Stand Up to Wildlife Trafficking, Agencies Continue Their Standstill  

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, False Claims / Qui Tam, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Endangered_GorillaLast year, Steve Kohn informed the world about dormant whistleblower provisions in wildlife protection laws that, if activated, would effectively combat wildlife trafficking. While several branches of the U.S. government have committed to addressing trafficking activities that have pushed many iconic species such as tigers and elephants to the brink of extinction, federal agencies have yet to use all the… Continue Reading

World Wildlife Day Comes at a Turning Point in Wildlife Protection History

Posted in Environmental Whistleblowers, International, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Today is UN World Wildlife Day, which marks the day that the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES), was signed in 1973. Celebrated globally, World Wildlife Day raises awareness of the importance of our world’s wild animals and plants, and is more crucial now than ever before.… Continue Reading

Seminar Series on Whistleblowing Highlights Need for Robust System of Protection and Rewards

Posted in Events, Wildlife Crime Whistleblowers
Wildlife Whistleblower SeminarOn February 9th the Environmental Law Institute (ELI), in partnership with the National Whistleblower Center, hosted the first seminar in a two-part series on wildlife whistleblowing. “Harnessing the Power of Whistleblowers: Combating Wildlife Crime” focused on the vital role that whistleblowers play in the fight against global wildlife trafficking. Panelists included Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director of The National Whistleblower… Continue Reading