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Welcome to the National Whistleblower Legal Defense & Education Fund’s ("NWLDEF") Wildlife Whistleblower Attorney Referral Service (ARS). This service provides referrals to whistleblowers who report violations of wildlife trafficking and other related laws. These include laws protecting fish, plants, and animals, prohibiting illegal logging, protecting the oceans and prohibiting foreign bribery. U.S. laws authorize the payment of monetary rewards to whistleblowers, regardless of citizenship or whether or not you are a foreign national. The goal of this service is to ensure that wildlife whistleblowers obtain legal assistance in filing claims with the appropriate legal authorities and to assist wildlife whistleblowers in qualifying for monetary rewards. Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) may also utilize this service to report violations identified by their members or supporters.

The NWLDEF’s Trustees, all of who are licensed attorneys with significant experience in whistleblower law, manage the ARS. To view additional resources that are available to you, click here.  If you want to blow the whistle on violations of law that are not related to the wildlife protection laws, click here.

PRIVACY

Your privacy is important to us. All communications with the NWLDEF are treated as strictly confidential to the fullest extent of the law. Attorneys working with the NWLDEF will review the information provided. In addition, if you do not wish to submit this form online, you may print it, fill in the answers, and send it via a postal service. We consider the submission and content of this form to fall within the confines of the attorney-client and work product privileges, and will treat the information we receive accordingly. Please understand that although we consider your communication with us to be privileged, we are not your attorneys and do not represent you.

USE OF EMAIL

WARNING: Do not use your company email system, cell phone or computer network or any company owned devices when communicating with us. In addition, you may wish to use a computer that is not your computer (e.g. library/internet café) to set up a new email account that is not associated with any of your other accounts for communicating with us.

STRICTLY CONFIDENTIAL ATTORNEY CLIENT PRIVILEGED REFERRAL INTAKE FORM

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If you know, do the violations you have identified include potential violations of any of the following laws or international conventions?
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(Important: A referral does not necessarily result in attorney representation. We submit a copy of this report to the referral attorney, who maintains confidentiality obligations under the attorney-client privilege. This attorney may directly contact you and discuss terms of representation. You do not have legal representation until you have a signed written agreement with an attorney.)
Please note: Non-U.S. citizens may be eligible to obtain whistleblower rewards and may participate in the U.S. whistleblower reward program.
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Mailing Address:

NWLDEF
P.O. Box 25090
Washington, DC 20027

Any materials submitted to us by mail cannot be returned.

Nothing on this website should be interpreted as legal advice or guidance as to whether or not you have a valid claim.  The NWLDEF cannot make any judgment on your case, or whether or not we can help you, until after you provide us with information and we have an opportunity to review that information.

Questions regarding the Confidential Report Form, status of your report, and inquires about the Attorney Referral Service – Email: ars@whistleblowers.org

Regardless of whether you are able to retain counsel through this service, it is absolutely imperative for you to know your rights. We strongly suggest that you review the resources linked on The Whistleblowers Protection Blog and obtain a copy of "The Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself".  www.whistleblowershandbook.com.  You should also review the following article published in the January 2016 edition of the Environmental Law Reporter: “Monetary Rewards for Wildlife Whistleblowers: A Game-Changer in Wildlife Trafficking Detection and Deterrence.”.

DISCLAIMER AND REFERRAL POLICY: This form will be used only to permit an attorney to confidentially evaluate your claim or case. It is not a commitment to provide legal representation. The NWLDEF is not affiliated with any government agency or court, and is committed to trying to locate private attorneys to represent qualified whistleblowers. Hitting the "submit" button does not constitute the filing of a claim with any government agency or court. Regardless of our evaluation of your situation, the contents of the form shall remain confidential.

It is NWLDEF’s strict policy that the confidential report form you submit shall remain confidential. We consider the submission and content of this form to fall within the confines of the attorney-client and work product privileges and will treat the information we receive accordingly. Please understand that although we consider your communication with us to be privileged, we are not your attorneys and do not represent you. Should the attorney to whom we make a referral and you) mutually agree to enter a representation arrangement, the attorney will enter into a formal written agreement with you setting forth the scope and terms of legal representation. Until you have a signed agreement, you do not have an attorney.

If a referral is made and you hire that attorney to represent you, the NWLDEF Wildlife Whistleblower ARS will have no further involvement with your case. Furthermore, it is up to you to independently evaluate the quality of any attorney/law firm to which a referral is made. A referral does not constitute an endorsement of the attorney/law firm. The Wildlife Whistleblower ARS is a pro bono public service. It works closely with the National Whistleblower Center (www.whistleblowers.org), but is an independent attorney-managed legal organization, whose actions are covered under the attorney-client and attorney work product privileges. All communications with the NWLDEF are treated as strictly confidential to the fullest extent of the law.

You are not charged any fee for using this service. However, if an attorney agrees to represent you, and you obtain a reward, the attorney may be obligated to pay a referral fee to the NWLDEF. You do not pay this fee, and should not be billed for this fee. The attorney pays this fee from the attorney's fees he or she collects as outlined in your representation agreement. If an attorney for whom we have made a referral attempts to charge you for this fee, please contact us a soon as possible.