Aid Worker Safety Overview

January 26, 2012

Around the world thousands of aid workers are under threat of harm due to increased association with military or government interests. To curb this, it is imperative that aid workers be perceived as neutral and impartial during times of assistance delivery. Below are links to our resources on the issues facing aid workers and our proposals. 

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Peacebuilding Overview

January 26, 2012

Peacebuilding is the set of initiatives by diverse actors, including civil society, to address the root causes of violence and protect civilians before, during, and after violent conflict.

For many years, U.S. nonprofit organizations have helped pave the way for peace by bringing fighting factions together and providing alternatives to violence as a means of redressing grievances. Unfortunately, the 2010 Supreme Court 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.

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Anti-Terrorism Financing Overview

January 16, 2012

Since 9/11, measures designed to criminalize financial support for terrorist organizations are increasingly linked to laws and regulations governing charities and non-profits.  Under this framework, repressive regimes and financial institutions can restrict the legitimate activities of civil society through the imposition of extensive legal and financial requirements.   This trend needs to be curbed so the important work that civil society organizations do to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism can continue.


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See related issues: Financial Action Task Force (FATF) and Financial Access