Experts Call for Permitting Track II Diplomacy on Second Anniversary of Humanitarian Law Project Decision

June 12, 2012


A June 21, 2012 panel discussion marked the second anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision in Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which upheld the government’s power to criminalize peacebuilding efforts aimed at encouraging terrorist groups to lay down their arms. Decided in 2010, the case focused on ‘material support’ prohibitions in U.S. law that make it a crime to provide “training,” “services,” “expert advice or assistance,” and “personnel,” to a listed terrorist group.

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Congressional Briefing: A Crisis in Humanitarian Access to Civilians

July 10, 2012

A Crisis in Humanitarian Access to Civilians  

On July 26, 2012, the Charity & Security Network hosted a Capitol Hill briefing featuring a panel of experts discussing the dire situation on the ground in the Sahel and Somalia, how U.S. laws erect barriers to effective aid delivery, and how an international humanitarian law framework could help.  Examples were drawn from the CSN report: Safeguarding Humanitarian Access in Armed Conflict. 
Click here to read its executive summary

Transcript of the event is available 

Panel Event- Dilemma for US NGOs: Counterterrorism Laws vs. the Humanitarian Imperative

July 1, 2009

The legal constraints national security laws impose of U.S. charitable organizations cause tensions with international law and codes for humanitarian aid and development programs. The standards and principles expressed in the Geneva Conventions and International Red Cross Code of Conduct could be emulated by the U.S and incorporated into future polices.

This panel discussion featured NGO leaders and experts from the U.S. who shared their expertise on humanitarian codes, charitable groups and donors affected by U.S. laws and regulations.

Congressional Briefing: Effective Counterterrorism for a New Era

April 19, 2013

On April 15, 2013 The Charity & Security Network and Alliance for Peacebuilding hosted a Congressional briefing, "Effective Counterterrorism for a New Era." The briefing brought together a panel of experts in counterterrorism, civil society and military to discuss strategies for reforming U.S. counterterrorism measures to be more cost-effective and efficient.

Nonprofits in Search of Financial Access: Real Problems, Potential Solutions

Event Date: 
May 11, 2017

Nonprofits around the world are having difficulty accessing banking services. U.S. and other countries’ financial regulations, rooted in a comprehensive counter-terror finance regime, and the ever-shifting political landscape set the stage for financial institutions around the globe to continually re-evaluate their risk profiles. As a result, accounts are closed or never opened, wire transfers are delayed and correspondent banking relationships are severed. This, in turn, impacts vital humanitarian aid, development, peacebuilding, human rights, and other programming. 

Two recent reports examine the scope and impacts of this problem. Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits, by the Charity & Security Network, provides the first empirical data on the issue and sets out a series of recommendations. Tightening the Purse Strings, by the Women Peacemakers Program and Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic, looks at the effects of counter-terrorism finance measures on gender equality and security. 

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Webinar - Financial Access for Nonprofits: New Empirical Data

Event Date: 
February 28, 2017

With the launch of our new report, Financial Access for U.S. Nonprofits, the first-ever empirical data on the issue gives new insight to the problem known as "derisking."

Hear from the report's authors about the findings, stakeholder perspectives and possible solutions. 

* Sue Eckert, Adjunct Senior Fellow, Center for New American Security and report author
* Kay Guinane, Director, Charity & Security Network and report author
* Andrea Hall, Communications and Outreach Coordinator, Charity & Security Network and report author
* Dawn Sikorski, Corporate Counsel, Islamic Relief USA

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Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. David Small on the Impact of Exporting One-Size-Fits-All Counterterrorism Policies

November 7, 2011

 Made in the USA: Impact of Exporting a One-Size-Fits-All Counterterrorism Policy

You're invited to a brown bag lunch featuring Dr. David Small of New Zealand, a visiting Fulbright Scholar at Georgetown University. Dr. Small will describe the impact of the United States' exporting its counterterrorism regime around the world, and identify alternative models that respect civil liberties and are better suited to meet the security needs of "low-risk" countries like his native New Zealand.
Dr. Small has been a long-time activist for social justice issues, from leading an anti-apartheid protest in 1981 to opposing the model of globalization that has sparked the current Occupy Wall Street actions. He is also a Senior Lecturer in Education at the University of Canterbury, and Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of New Zealand.

Event Recap: A Briefing on What's at Stake in the Supreme Court Case Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project

February 18, 2010

On Feb. 17, 2010 the Charity and Security Network teamed with the Constitution Project  to host a briefing on the Supreme Court case, Holder v. Humanitarian Law Project, which held oral arguments on Feb. 23.  The case is the first constitutional challenge to provisions of federal laws, including the Patriot Act, prohibiting “material support” for groups designated a “terrorist” by the United States government. The event, Free Speech, Human Rights & Counter-Terrorism Laws, explored the likely impact and misconceptions of the Court's ruling on national security policies.