On August 28, 2017, Ensia, an independent, nonprofit magazine presenting perspectives on environmental challenges, published Making It Easier and Safer for Informants to Turn in Wildlife Criminals. The article written by William H. Funk, highlights the National Whistleblower Center’s Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program. The NWC’s program was a grand prize winner in the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge in 2016.
The article explains how the NWC’s program works to combat illegal wildlife trafficking:
“In a nutshell, the Global Wildlife Whistleblower Program works by applying existing regulatory frameworks prohibiting criminals from having any contact with American properties or businesses to prosecute those illegally shipping poached wildlife, using secure communications to protect informants from retaliation by poaching syndicates. The center publicizes the money to be made through successful prosecution of traffickers, safeguards the confidentiality of informants through digital encryption, and ensures that payments — sometimes in the multiple millions of dollars — are carefully transferred to those who have earned it. ”
Read the full article here: Making It Easier and Safer for Informants to Turn in Wildlife Criminals.
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