Whistleblowers can experience a lot of professional and personal hardship, so it is affirming that there is a National Whistleblower Day with an additional two days of related events. This year it was expanded to run July 28-30 and will highlight international whistleblower rights and including keynote addresses, panels and presentations. The schedule includes:
June 28: Includes panels and whistleblower stories from around the world.
June 29: A daylong whistleblower bootcamp presented by the Whistleblower Network News.
June 30: The actual National Whistleblower Day 2021, U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley, U.S. Representative Jackie Speier, SEC Chair Gary Gensler, Department of Labor Secretary Marty Walsh, former inspector General Michael Atkinson.
Providing support to those who need it
Founded in 1988, the National Whistleblower Center was started by attorneys who fought for whistleblowers at the Comanche Peak nuclear plant. The organization first helped employees who challenged the industry-wide practice of coercing employees to sign non-disclosure agreements that prohibited them from raising safety concerns to federal regulators.
Since then, this organization, many dedicated attorneys and others have sought to protect those who are willing to risk their career and personal life to do what is right. It is a non-partisan and tax-exempt organization based in Washington, D.C., supported by the public.
The organization designed the special day and series of events as a resource for others who want to speak out against dangerous and unethical behavior at companies, government agencies and organizations. It also provides best-practices training to advocates who protect whistleblowers around the world and help create effective laws.