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  • Why Ask Treasury to Fix the De-Risking Problem When They May Have Caused It? | Charity & Security Network
    system Operation Choke Point was originally set up by the Obama administration to choke payday lenders but it soon became a runaway freight train According to an October 19 article in American Banker Disturbingly the U S Department of Justice and the primary regulator of more than 4 700 U S banks the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp together operated what was effectively a government mandated de risking program through last year The program forced banks to end relationships with clients deemed high risk a term that is also used to describe charities in the Bank Examiners Manual The threat of fines appeared to apply to any high risk client beyond those industries named by the program as examples Consequently banks left and continue to exit these high risk sectors Indeed Money Transfer Networks and correspondent banking were heavily impacted by this program You can now start connecting the dots to nonprofits many de risked charities have speculated that pressure on correspondent banking systems caused the loss of their accounts Although the program officially ended last year the effects continue to be felt by nonprofit organizations and others who have had to scramble to find financial services to keep their operations going The question remains as to whether the pressure from feds to drop entire classes of clients continues to this day despite public statements that banks should take an individualized approach In a classic case of the fox guarding the hen house investigations continue within Treasury and DOJ The Congressional report is a better oversight of this problem but Treasury needs to undo the damage caused to U S charities Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/Treasury_May_Have_Caused_Derisking (2016-02-16)
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  • When Talking Women, Peace and Security, Let’s Talk U.S. Laws that Get in the Way | Charity & Security Network
    conflict Yet current U S law affects these organizations in the same way they impact all U S groups by preventing life saving work in terrorist controlled areas for fear of running afoul of the prohibition on the material support of terrorism and sanctions laws Official U S government policy states a commitment to strengthen women s participation at all levels of government including identifying female partners around the world and supporting their activities The U S government takes the position that women should not be seen as just passive recipients of its programs However the opportunities that the U S purports to support with one hand are quickly snatched with the other hand According to a 2011 report by the NYU School of Law there are countless examples of how terrorists undermine the rights of women and how the U S government s counterterrorism response fails to protect and can make things worse The U S government s significant cuts to humanitarian aid to Somalia prior to the 2011 famine for fear it would be diverted to al Shabaab for example wreaked havoc on the humanitarian crisis there with disproportionate impact on women and girls In addition to the laws that prevent legitimate peacebuilding and humanitarian projects in terrorist controlled areas there are terrorist financing laws that restrict donations to nonprofits The UN has stated that these have had a big impact on women s rights organizations and have interfered with efforts by these groups to resolve conflicts support victims of terrorism advance the rule of law and human rights and realize equality political inclusion and socioeconomic empowerment The Special Rapporteur notes that this may curb efforts that would effectively counter conditions conducive to terrorism Enabling legislation is needed to create a legal space for legitimate groups to work

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/When_Talking_Women (2016-02-16)
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  • Geneva Call Agreement Illustrates What U.S. Civil Society Can’t Do | Charity & Security Network
    s because U S anti terrorism laws prevent individuals and organizations from providing material support to groups listed as designated terrorist organizations DTOs by the U S Treasury even when it is communications aimed at mitigating and ending armed conflicts One of the parties to the Geneva Call agreement the Free Life Party of Pakistan PJAK was placed on the DTO list in 2009 where it remains today The U S Supreme Court s 2010 decision in Holder v Humanitarian Law Project HLP upheld the law defining prohibited material support of terrorism to include conflict prevention and resolution activities aimed at getting terrorist groups to lay down their arms And with the material support statute s extraterritorial jurisdiction provision Geneva Call could be subject to prosecution which is why the group s president will not come to the U S Peacebuilding activities such as the ones resulting in this Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict offer the most hope for countering violent extremism CVE by addressing its root causes teaching conflict resolution skills and building relationships However these efforts are stymied by overbroad one size fits all anti terrorism laws and policies At the same time government approaches to CVE have focused on its symptoms armed groups rather than the drivers perceived injustices disenfranchisement and economic hardships among other factors inhibiting the work of CSOs along the way A functioning civil society is essential to countering violent extremism and the work CSOs must be unfettered by these policies Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports Experts Blog About Us Staff Contact Search

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog/Geneva_Call_Example_of_What_US_CSOs_Can%27t_Do (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest Blog Entries | Charity & Security Network
    Due Process Faith Based Organizations Frozen Funds Gov t Watchlists and Databases Grantmaking Guidelines and Codes of Conduct Human Rights Impact on U S Nonprofits International Issues Links Material Support Militarization of Aid Miscellaneous Solutions Partner Vetting System Leave blank for all Otherwise the first selected term will be the default instead of Any Huffington Post U S State Dept Official s Speech May Fuel Global Civil Society Crackdown Kay Guinane Wednesday January 14 2015 Looks like the new war in Syria gives Matt Levitt a chance to revisit his old mistaken talking points about charities Suraj Sazawal former Charity Security Network Policy Analyst Wednesday October 1 2014 Constitutional Principles and the Charity Security Network Kay Guinane Wednesday September 17 2014 Counterterror Pressure on Banks Threatens Humanitarian Aid Flows Kay Guinane Thursday August 7 2014 Four Years Later The Humanitarian Law Project Decision Continues to Limit Options for Ending Conflict Kay Guinane Thursday June 19 2014 U S Law Limits Options for Nonviolent End to Nigerian Girls Nightmare Kay Guinane Monday May 19 2014 The Overbroad and Imbalanced Approach to Prohibiting Material Support of Terrorism Nathaniel J Turner Thursday February 13 2014 2014 Year of the Big Picture Kay Guinane Thursday January 16 2014 Humanitarian Access to Syrians Must be Respected by Assad and the U S Nathaniel J Turner Thursday October 31 2013 A War of Proportion Regulating the Financial Sector in the Name of Counterterrorism Tom Keatinge Wednesday September 18 2013 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The latest headlines Resources Litigation Analysis Background Legislation Studies Reports

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog?tid=All&page=1 (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest Blog Entries | Charity & Security Network
    Miscellaneous Solutions Partner Vetting System Leave blank for all Otherwise the first selected term will be the default instead of Any Addressing the Potential Impact of Legal Restrictions on Organizations Providing Humanitarian Assistance in Syria Kay Guinane Tuesday September 10 2013 NSA Surveillance and its Civil Society Implications Elliot Carter Monday July 29 2013 From Perpetual War to Building Peace Melanie Greenberg and Kay Guinane Monday July 8 2013 The President s Speech and Envisioning the Post War World Kay Guinane Thursday June 6 2013 Uncharitable and Inaccurate Accusations Suraj K Sazawal Monday April 8 2013 Need for Protection from Repressive Laws and Over Regulation Kay Guinane Friday March 29 2013 De Listed U S Lacks Review Process for Terror Designations Nathaniel J Turner Friday February 22 2013 As So Often Before Now in Mali Suraj K Sazawal Thursday January 24 2013 Toward a Robust Free and Independent Civil Society Suraj K Sazawal Monday December 10 2012 Don t Miss These Columns on Twitter Hamas and the Material Support Statute Kay Guinane Thursday November 29 2012 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog?tid=All&page=2 (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest Blog Entries | Charity & Security Network
    System Leave blank for all Otherwise the first selected term will be the default instead of Any The Creeping Politicization of Licenses for Humanitarian Aid Kay Guinane Wednesday October 31 2012 The FATF s Opportunity to Protect Nonprofits Kay Guinane and Suraj K Sazawal Wednesday October 17 2012 MEK s De listing Shows Washington s Double Standard Knows No Bounds Suraj K Sazawal Thursday October 4 2012 America s Top Exports Counterterrorism Policy and Barriers to Charities Nathaniel J Turner Wednesday September 5 2012 Treasury Should Heed Call to Re write Rules for Shutting Down Charities Kay Guinane Wednesday July 25 2012 Treasury s Biggest Problem Might be Itself Suraj K Sazawal Wednesday July 11 2012 The Rebel the Queen and Track II Diplomacy Kay Guinane Thursday June 28 2012 If All You Have is a Hammer Everything Looks Like a Nail Suraj K Sazawal Wednesday May 30 2012 The Threat Behind the Homegrown Threat Suraj K Sazawal Monday April 16 2012 U S Should Heed UN Call for Mediation Strategy in Armed Conflicts Kay Guinane Monday March 5 2012 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog?tid=All&page=3 (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest Blog Entries | Charity & Security Network
    Watchlists and Databases Grantmaking Guidelines and Codes of Conduct Human Rights Impact on U S Nonprofits International Issues Links Material Support Militarization of Aid Miscellaneous Solutions Partner Vetting System Leave blank for all Otherwise the first selected term will be the default instead of Any The Sahel Does Not Have to be the Next Somalia Suraj K Sazawal Wednesday February 15 2012 Flawed Counterterrorism Policy Puts Aid Workers in More Danger Nathaniel J Turner Wednesday February 1 2012 How Misguided Counterterrorism Strategies Lead to Misguided Programs By John Filson Program Manager 3P Human Security Tuesday December 20 2011 Paul Okumo Reports from the 4th High Level Conference on Aid Effectiveness Paul Okumu Director for Partnership SISA Centre for Corporate Partnership and Head of Secretariat Africa CSO Platform on Principled Partnership ACP Nairobi Kenya Thursday December 1 2011 The Good Wife TV Episode Highlights Restrictions on Lawyers Representing Groups on Terrorist List Morton Sklar Co Counsel for PJAK and Legal Consultant to The Good Wife TV Series Thursday November 10 2011 Hunger Without Borders and Discriminatory Aid Policies Kay Guinane Monday October 17 2011 Honoring International Charities and Their Workers on 9 11 Kay Guinane Sunday September 11 2011 The President Must Address Life and Death Policy Matters in Somalia Suraj K Sazawal Monday August 1 2011 Sec Clinton Should Use Exemption Powers to Legalize Conflict Prevention and Resolution Programs Kay Guinane Tuesday June 21 2011 Why Fight Terrorism with One Hand Tied Behind Our Back Suraj K Sazawal Thursday June 2 2011 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding Countering Violent Extremism Click Here For More Issues Solutions Principles to Guide Solutions Models to Draw On Proposed Solutions News The

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog?tid=All&page=4 (2016-02-16)
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  • Latest Blog Entries | Charity & Security Network
    of Aid Miscellaneous Solutions Partner Vetting System Leave blank for all Otherwise the first selected term will be the default instead of Any Time to Let the Experts Define Due Diligence Vetting for Charitable Programs Kay Guinane Tuesday May 3 2011 To Charities and Grantmakers Don t Pass Up This Opportunity Kay Guinane Thursday March 31 2011 Give Peacebuilding a Chance Kay Guinane Tuesday March 1 2011 US Should Join the Movement Away from Long Term Emergency Powers Kay Guinane Wednesday February 16 2011 To Michael Mukasey Rudy Giuliani Tom Ridge and Frances Townsend Welcome to our World Kay Guinane Tuesday January 18 2011 WikiLeaks Exposes Terrorism Funding Sources Suraj K Sazawal Thursday December 16 2010 Treasury Comment Shows Nonprofits are Right to End Unproductive Dialog Kay Guinane Wednesday December 1 2010 Experts at Fear Mongering Wendell Belew Belew Law Group Tuesday November 16 2010 The G Men Who Kicked the Hornet s Nest Kay Guinane Monday October 18 2010 On Constitution Day Don t Mourn Organize Kay Guinane Thursday September 16 2010 Pages first previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next last Issues Humanitarian Access Material Support Financial Action Task Force FATF Financial Access Peacebuilding

    Original URL path: http://www.charityandsecurity.org/blog?tid=All&page=5 (2016-02-16)
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