Organisation: Government Accountability Project
Name of Organisation’s Representative: Samantha Feinstein
Country: United States
Which seat are you nominating for? Americas Regional Seat
Profile of Organisation
Government Accountability Project’s mission is to promote corporate and government accountability by protecting whistleblowers, advancing occupational free speech, and empowering citizen activists. Founded in 1977, Government Accountability Project is the world’s leading whistleblower protection and advocacy organization. Located in Washington, DC, Government Accountability Project is a nonpartisan, public interest group. In addition to focusing on whistleblower support, we lead campaigns to enact whistleblower protection laws both domestically and internationally.
Since our founding in 1977, Government Accountability Project has defended over 8,000 whistleblowers. Currently, Government Accountability Project’s team includes upwards of 18 attorneys who litigate claims across a variety of different fields. Government Accountability Project is a one-stop shop: We make sure our clients’ rights are upheld and use the truth to hold governments and corporations accountable.
Government Accountability Project litigates whistleblowing claims through the following areas of expertise:
- Public Health
- Energy, Environment & Climate Change
- National Security
- Corporate & Financial Accountability
- International Whistleblower Rights
- Government Accountability
In-house attorneys and policy analysts help substantiate and litigate whistleblower claims. We harness our industry-leading expertise and comprehensive knowledge of the justice system to provide the best legal counsel possible to our clients. Government Accountability Project has our clients’ back so they will not face mistreatment for doing their jobs.
Government Accountability Project has been a member of the UNCAC Coalition for many years and seeks to reengage as an active participant in the group. Government Accountability Project, through its international whistleblower rights work, champions the creation, implementation, and monitoring of rights and best practices to support whistleblowers around the world. Since the mid-1990s, our team has drafted whistleblower policies for the European Union, the World Bank, the Organization of American States, and the United Nations, and participated in speaking tours promoting whistleblower rights in over two dozen countries. Our international team provides expert assessments on countries’ whistleblower laws, and conducts trainings in host nations for various stakeholders, including judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, Inspectors General, government agencies, nonprofits, and academics. We also assisted in drafting proposed legislation in over a dozen countries including Ghana, Serbia, and Tunisia. Our international team also conducts international corruption investigations and investigates international organizations from the World Bank to the UN. Most recently, we investigated a corrupt US military contracting company in Iraq that sparked a Department of Justice investigation into bribery, corruption, and waste of billions of taxpayer dollars that made its way to funding ISIS. As the world’s leading whistleblower watchdog, our research and publications provide in-depth analysis on how whistleblower laws and policies are functioning. Our research and publications are supported by international scholars and fellows on whistleblowing and accountability.
Top Three Priorities to Achieve for the Coalition
- Whistleblower RIghts Advancement and Reforms
- Anti-Corruption Reporting Mechanism and Privacy Protection
- Government Transparency
Profile of Candidate
Samantha Feinstein – Staff Attorney and Deputy Director, International Program
Samantha Feinstein is the Staff Attorney and Deputy Director of the International Program at Government Accountability Project. She develops and advances whistleblower-rights legislation, represents whistleblower clients, and leads the international program. Ms. Feinstein leads and participates as a member in thirteen different international and US-coalitions reaching a network of hundreds of organizations working in the transparency, anti-corruption, whistleblower rights, and civil liberties spaces. She has over 19 years of experience – 11 working in international law and development including anti-corruption, international access to justice, good governance, human rights, and humanitarian aid, with a focus on supporting fundraising and competitive proposals. Before joining the Government Accountability Project, she worked at the American Bar Association (ABA) Section of International Law and the ABA Rule of Law Initiative. Ms. Feinstein has also worked at various international development organizations including the International Rescue Committee where she managed their Middle East and their East and Central Africa refugee assistance programs, and Banyan Global where she worked as a consultant to help them win a multi-million-dollar USAID global gender project. She also worked in Brussels as Middle East Policy Advisor the Nirj Deva, UK Member of European Parliament (MEP) and Vice Chairman of the Development Committee.
Ms. Feinstein holds a B.A. in Government and World Affairs from the University of Tampa, an M.A. in International Relations from Hult International Business School in London, and a J.D. from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law. Ms. Feinstein is admitted to practice law in Washington, D.C.