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The U.S. Continental Congress passed America’s first whistleblower law during the height of the American Revolution on July 30th, 1778.
To honor this history, the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day took place in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on July 30th, 2015. It was a huge success.
Since then, the National Whistleblower Center has held an annual celebration to honor and celebrate the great contributions of whistleblowers. We are strongly advocating for July 30th to be permanently recognized as National Whistleblower Day, and we need your support.
Over the last few years, the National Whistleblower Center has worked to build bipartisan support for the issue of whistleblower protection. The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution each year since 2013 declaring July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.” The U.S. House has also introduced a resolution to recognize the day.
The National Whistleblower Center believes it is important to honor whistleblowers and change the culture of retaliation that often destroys whistleblowers’ careers. We need your help in securing enactment of a law that would establish July 30th as National Whistleblower Day in perpetuity.
“That it is the duty of all persons in the service of the United States, as well as all other inhabitants thereof, to give the earliest information of wrongdoing to Congress or other proper authority of any misconduct, frauds or misdemeanors committed by any officers or persons in the service of these states, which may come to their knowledge.”
First U.S. whistleblower law, unanimously passed on July 30, 1778 by the Continental Congress
How You Can Help
Urge Your Representatives to Permanently Establish a National Whistleblower Day
Congress needs to pass legislation that would require the heads of each federal agency use National Whistleblower Day as an opportunity to set the tone at the top, calling public attention to the contributions whistleblowers have made to American democracy and their own agencies. The legislation needs to have all federal agencies highlight the role whistleblowers have played in their agencies to combat waste, fraud, and abuse and enforce the laws of the land.
Spread the Word
Let your friends and family know about this campaign!
The National Whistleblower Center is a publicly-supported, tax-exempt organization that needs your support to continue protecting and advocating for whistleblower rights. Donate to support the National Whistleblower Day 2019 Campaign!
Donations of $50 or more to the National Whistleblower Center get a copy of the 2017 edition of The New Whistleblower’s Handbook.
National Whistleblower Day 2019
Meet the whistleblowers we honored at National Whistleblower Day by visiting our whistleblower recognition page.
National Whistleblower Day Program
A range of speakers from Members of Congress to whistleblowers and whistleblower advocates spoke at our event in 2019. Find our program here.
Watch the Celebration
We live-streamed to supporters on Facebook! Find the video here.
“With their words and actions, leaders have to make clear that whistleblowers are important and retaliation is not tolerated.”
Senator Chuck Grassley
There is bipartisan support for the issue of whistleblower protection in both houses of Congress. The U.S. Senate has passed a Resolution each year since 2013 declaring July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.” The 2019 Resolution was unanimously passed on July 24th, 2019.
This year, the U.S. House also introduced a resolution that would declare July 30th “National Whistleblower Appreciation Day.”
The History of America’s First Whistleblower Law
As told by the former Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center, Stephen M. Kohn.
- Watch Past Celebrations: National Whistleblower Day Playlist
- Read America’s First Whistleblower Law: 1778 Resolution
- Read the Story of America’s First Whistleblower Law: Whistleblowing and the American Dream
- Read an Article About National Whistleblower Day from The Hill: The Message Behind National Whistleblower Day