Time: Thursday, January 11, 12:00 pm Eastern | Register Here: https://goo.gl/wf4Uxy
Illegal wildlife trade has increased sharply in recent decades due in part to the low risk of detection. Trafficking is often carried out by complex criminal networks, taking advantage of international supply chains and logistics. The crimes generally originate outside of the United States, so many erroneously believe that there is nothing that can be done within our domestic legal system. That’s simply untrue. The transnational application of U.S. laws to protect wildlife, if properly implemented, will have a revolutionary impact on the protection of wildlife.
The use of whistleblower rewards by the U.S. government has stimulated an unprecedented detection of crimes. These laws have resulted in a radical increase of credible reports in every field for which they have been implemented, and large rewards have been paid to foreign citizens for crimes that originated outside the United States.
This presentation will discuss the importance of mainstreaming U.S. whistleblower laws to significantly increase enforcement of wildlife trafficking laws. Currently, none of the agencies with jurisdiction over these laws have publicized their potential application for combating wildlife trafficking, and consequently they have been radically underutilized or completely ignored by NGOs, government agencies and potential whistleblowers.
Stephen M. Kohn serves pro bono as the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. He has represented whistleblowers for over 30 years, successfully setting numerous precedents that have helped define modern whistleblower law and obtained the largest reward ever paid to an individual whistleblower ($104 million for exposing illegal offshore bank accounts), & has published numerous books on whistleblower law.
In 2016, NWC was selected as a Grand Prize winner in the Wildlife Crime Tech Challenge, sponsored by US AID, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, National Geographic & TRAFFIC.