It’s time to celebrate 2019 whistleblower victories

by Kait Pararas, Program Associate

Published on December 19, 2019

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It’s time to celebrate 2019 whistleblower victories

Today, the National Whistleblower Center released its End-of-Year Report looking back on the accomplishments of 2019.

It was a big year for the National Whistleblower Center (NWC) in more ways than one. We saw major organizational changes, a groundbreaking new climate change campaign, a series of policy achievements, and unprecedented news coverage of our mission.

In March, John Kostyack took over as Executive Director from NWC co-founder Stephen Kohn, who is now serving as the Chairman of the Board.

Under his leadership, we have further ramped up our activity and reached important milestones in three critical areas: providing legal expertise to whistleblowers, increasing public understanding of the benefits of whistleblowers, and strengthening whistleblower laws and programs.

Here are a few key highlights, in no particular order:

  • On December 9th, we launched our new Climate Corruption Campaign, the first sustained effort to educate potential whistleblowers in the fossil fuel and industrial logging industries about their rights under whistleblower laws.
  • On July 30th, we celebrated our most successful National Whistleblower Day yet with a record number of lawmakers featured, including our first international lawmaker.
  • At the end of October, the SEC postponed a scheduled vote on potentially disastrous changes to its whistleblower programs following an outpouring of opposition from our supporters. Since then, the Chairman has publicly reiterated his support for the program.
  • On July 1st, the Taxpayer First Act was signed into law, marking a major success for tax fraud whistleblowers.
  • In May, the Associated Press published an explosive article about a petition we filed before the SEC demonstrating that Facebook is not only hosting terror and hate content but actually auto-generating its own.

Please take a few moments to review our report below and learn more about all that we accomplished in 2019.

None of these moments would be possible without our supporters. But we still have a long way to go, and next year is shaping up to be a pivotal one for whistleblowers. So if you’re able, please consider making a tax-deductible donation to NWC so that we can continue protecting whistleblowers in 2020. Click here to donate.

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