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The Charity and Security Network monitors U.S. and foreign government activities and a wide range of news sources to identify developments in national security policy that impact civil society and nonprofit organizations. We collect and disseminate relevant information on our website, via our Twitter and Facebook accounts, and through our biweekly email newsletter, which contains links to a variety of news articles. To read the most recent issues of our email newsletter or to subscribe, click here

Our staff also creates news pieces on events and developments of particular interest to our members that are not covered in other news outlets. Those stories can be found below, in revese chronological order. 

INGOs Call on UN to Protect Humanitarian Action

Date: 
June 25, 2019

A group of 13 international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) that provide humanitarian aid in areas of greatest need call on the UN’s Office for Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) to provide the “fullest support for efforts to protect principled humanitarian action from the impact of counterterrorism measures.” Noting that this year is the 70th anniversary of the Geneva Conventions, the June 19 letter states that although the UN has sa

BSA Reform Bill Clears House Committee

Date: 
May 28, 2019
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A bill designed to update the Bank Secrecy Act for the first time since the PATRIOT Act was passed contains two provisions that could benefit nonprofit organizations (NPOs) struggling with access to financial services. The bill passed unanimously out of the House Financial Services Committee on May 8, 2019. 

The Coordinating Oversight, Upgrading and Innovating Technology, and Examiner Reform Act of 2019 (COUNTER Act, H.R. 2514) directs the Secretary of the Treasury, in consultation with the Federal functional regulators (as defined under section 103) and other relevant stakeholders, to undertake a formal review and issue a report on the "adverse consequences of financial institutions de-risking entire categories of relationships, including charities, embassy accounts, money services businesses,"  countries, regions, and respondent banks; the reasons why financial institutions are engaging in de-risking; the association with and effects of de-risking on money laundering and financial crime actors and activities; and the most appropriate ways to promote financial inclusion while maintaining compliance with the Bank Secrecy Act. 

Global Fragility Act Passes House

Date: 
May 28, 2019

The Global Fragility Act of 2019 passed the U.S. House of Representatives on May 20, 2019 on a voice vote. In debate leading up to the vote, House sponsors Rep. Mike McCaul (R-TX) and Eliot Engel (D-NY) spoke in favor of the bill.  “This legislation gets at the heart of what we want to see from our diplomatic and development efforts around the world, helping places already torn apart by violence to recover and preventing the start of violence in other places where factors are ripe for its outbreak,” Engel said.

Senators Propose Resolution Calling for Release of Aid Funds for Palestinian Civilians

Date: 
April 30, 2019

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced Senate Resolution 171 on April 18, 2019 call on the administration to restore U.S. assistance to civilians in the West Bank and Gaza. Joined by five co-sponsors, S Res 171 also calls on Congress to clarify provisions of the 2018 Antiterrorism Clarification Act (ATCA) so that acceptance for funds for food and essential humanitarian services cannot be used to trigger jurisdiction of the Palestinian Authority for ATCA lawsuits in U.S. courts. A statement from 18 organizations, including the Charity & Security Network, supports the resolution and release of the funds.

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