Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights

Summit At A Glance

One of the signature events of the Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights is the Whistleblower Book Signing and Film Screening. We're proud to announce that this year's social event will take place at Busboys & Poets, Brookland Location.

Over the last ten years members from the Make it Safe Coalition (MISC) have arranged an assembly of whistleblowers in Washington, DC each year for an annual conference originally known as Washington Whistleblower’s Week. All whistleblowers and their advocates, as well as the entire civil rights community are invited to participate. Host committee members—ACORN 8 (www.ACORN8.com), Coalition for Change (C4C), Project Censored, Justice Integrity Project and Federally Employed Women Legal Education Fund (FEW-LEF), will co-host this year’s Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights on Capitol Hill. The theme for the annual conference this year is—Whistleblowers Protect Freedom and Democracy.


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Schedule of Events



Wednesday  July 26, 2017





Press Conference and Whistleblower Panel Discussion

The National Press Club

The First Amendment Room

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20045


Intriguing panel on whistleblowing, Nationally and Internationally with distinguished whistleblowers and public interest advocates.

  • Tom Devine, GAP
  • Stephen Kohn, NWC
  • Michael McCray, ACORN 8
  • Brad Birkenfield, USB Whistleblower
  • Robert Maclean, TSA Whistleblower

The Whistleblower Press Conference is open to the press and the public.



McClendon Dinner 

The National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW

Washington, DC 20045

Hosted by Justice & Integrity Project all Whistleblower Summit participants and attendees are invited.

The McCendon Dinner is a "Dutch Treat" event where everyone comes together for a meal and discussion about timely and intriguing topics (e.g., whistleblowing) at the National Press Club.




Schedule of Events



Thursday July 27, 2017





National Whistleblower Day Celebration

"Invitation Only"

Russell Senate Office Building

Kennedy Caucus Room

2 Constitution Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20002

Leading members of Congress, key government officials, and prominent whistleblowers will come together in a historic celebration on the Hill in honor of National Whistleblower Day. The event will reflect on the courageous achievements of whistleblowers in exposing corruption, and chart a new course for the future of whistleblower policy in the United States.

WHO: The event will feature the following speakers:

From Congress: Co-Chairs of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus, Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Ron Wyden (D-OR), and the Co-Chairs of the House Whistleblower Protection Caucus, Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY) and Rod Blum (R-IA).

From government agencies: Lee Martin—Director of the IRS Office of the Whistleblower, Michael Horrowitz—Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Justice, Henry Kerner¾ presidential nominee for U.S. Special Counsel, and John Cruden—former Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice Environment and Natural Resources Division.

Prominent whistleblowers: Enron whistleblower Sherron Watkins, UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld, Army Corps of Engineers whistleblower Dr. Toni Savage, and FBI whistleblower Fred Whitehurst, among others.

The National Whistleblower Center (NWC) is honored to be hosting this unprecedented coming together of whistleblowers and bipartisan Congress members responsible for protecting whistleblowers.







Whistleblower Legislative Campaigns

Rayburn House Office Building

Room 2247

Washington, DC 20515

This panel will preview legislative campaigns in the 115t h Congress to fill the remaining gaps in whistleblower protections. Panelists will address the greatest threats to courageous truth-tellers, from retaliation within Offices of Inspectors General and the Intelligence Community, to the rise in retaliatory investigations and the urgent need for jury trial access under Whistleblower Protection Act to challenge government abuses.

Panelists include –

Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project (Moderator)

Elizabeth Hempowicz, Policy Counsel, Project on Government Oversight

DeLisa Lay, Senate Judiciary Committee

Charlie Moskowitz , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee

Krista Boyd, House Oversight and Government Reform

Courtney Allen , Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee





American Justice... Pro Se?

Rayburn House Office Building

Room 2247

Washington, DC 20515


Gloria Minott, Host WPFW (Moderator)

Caroline Douglas

Dr. Karen Huffer (Video Presentation)



















Whistleblower Book Signing

Busboys & Poets (Brookland Location)

Pearl Baily Room

625 Monroe Street NE,

Washington, DC 20017


The conference includes a historic panel discussion with distinguished authors of whistleblower books who will be present to autograph and discuss their books.


Author Talk & Book Signing


Potential participants include –

  • Sharyl Atkisson-SMEAR
  • Brad Birkenfield— Lucifers Banker
  • Stephen Kohn—The Whistleblower’s Handbook
  • Tom Devine—The Corporate Whistleblower’s Survival Guide
  • Michael McCray—ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics
  • Marcel Reid—ACORN 8: Race, Power & Politics
  • Andrew Kreig—Presidential Puppetry

Whistleblower Film Screening


Advance film screening of Frank Serpico (2017)

We all know the story, thanks to Al Pacino’s 1973 Oscar-nominated film, Serpico. And we all know the man behind the story, at least now, with a new documentary premiering at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, Frank Serpico.

Take a deep inside look at the NYPD cop who told the world – and his department – he wouldn’t stand for corruption. Directed by Antonio D’Ambrosio, Frank Serpico is a collection of interviews with Serpico and others in his life, as well as reenactments of key events.

What makes this such an extraordinary doc is the fact that’s been trying to get made for years. People have reached out to Serpico about appearing in their films and making his own documentary, but time and time again, he’s turned them down. The ever reclusive Serpico moved to the Netherlands after he was shot for exposing police corruption and moved back to New York.

- Catherina Gioino


In-house film screening of ACORN And The Firestorm

This documentary focuses on ACORN, a national group devoted to empowering disadvantaged communities, that was targeted by right-wing undercover journalists. When a video involving a fake prostitute surfaces on Youtube, the small community organization is thrust into the center of a fight illuminating America's great political divide. Directed by Sam Pollard and Reuben Atlas.


Schedule of Events



Friday July 28, 2017



The Stewart E. Mott House

122 Maryland Ave., NE

Washington, DC 20515




10:0011:00  Closing Plenary

The host committee and event sponsors for the Whistleblower Summit will give opening remarks on the closing day to recap the event and hank all of the participants and attendees.

Michael McCray, ACORN 8

Marcel Reid, ACORN 8

Matthew Fogg, FEW-LEF

Andrew Kreig, JIP

Tom Devine, GAP

Steve Kohn, NWC


Justice Reform: Guardianship Panel

The Judicial Integrity Panel will focus on the use and alleged misuse of probate and family courts, and the process that has been created which deprives individuals and families of their identities, their assets and even their children. These “courts” facilitate the true redistribution of wealth in this country. Each panelist brings a personal perspective to this forum. The average American may never be in more danger than when they are forced into a probate or family court encounter.


Marti Oakley, TS Radio/Blogtalk (Moderator)

Brian Kinter, Parental Rights

Danny Tate, Conservatorship

Jeannie Kasem, Guardianship



LUNCH Panel Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform Panel

Gloria Minott, Host WPFW (Moderator)

Matthew Fogg, United States Deputy Marshal (Inactive)

Ken Williams, Boston Area Homicide Detective



Using Media for Environmental Whistle blowing

·         Andrew Kreig, Justice Integrity Project editor, author, attorney and former whistleblower on media corruption involving environmental reporting (Moderator)

·         Wayne Madsen, Wayne Madsen Report editor, author, syndicated columnist and former Navy Intelligence officer and NSA analyst

·         Michael McCray, ACORN 8, A environmental / subject matter expert, ACORN Lead Based Paint Campaign



The Office of Special Counsel and Merit Systems Protections Board: Past, Present and Future Analysis

This panel will examine the significant progress that the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) and Merit Systems Protection Board (MSPB) has made, its potentials and failures. There will be discussion on pending legislation to reauthorize the OSC and additional areas for reform.

Panelists include

Tom Devine, Legal Director, Government Accountability Project (Moderator)

Tristan Leavitt, Office of Special Counsel

Mark Robbins, chair MSPB

Brandon Coleman, VA Whistleblower




Awards Reception: Pillar Award Presentation

Sponsored by the Government Accountability Project, Public Citizen and Project On Government Oversight.

Presentation by Marcel Reid, Pacifica Whistleblower Liaison. The Pillar Human Rights Award: the annual awards presentations for notable Civil Rights and Human Rights champions. 




Whistleblower Solidarity Dinner


The National Press Club

529 14th Street, NW (14th Floor)

Washington, DC 20045


This semi-formal dinner is the capstone event of the conference to promote solidarity within the public interest community. The Solidarity Dinner is a "Dutch Treat" event where everyone comes together for a final meal and comrade at the National Press Club.