National Whistleblower Day commemorates the bold vision of our Founding Fathers and their uncompromising support for whistleblowers.
This year marks the 242nd anniversary of America's first whistleblower law, passed on July 30th, 1778 during the height of the American Revolution. The law was passed after ten whistleblowers reported wrongdoing and abuses committed by a superior officer in the Continental Navy.
To honor this history, the first Congressional celebration of National Whistleblower Day took place in the U.S. Senate Kennedy Caucus Room on July 30th, 2015.
Every year since, the National Whistleblower Center has held an event on Capitol Hill to celebrate whistleblowers. For the first time, this year's event will be an interactive virtual conference.
National Whistleblower Day celebrates the people who raise their voice in the name of combatting fraud, corruption and other crimes; their courage in the face of great adversity; and the strength of their conviction and dedication to the truth.
NWC is honored to have had numerous whistleblowers join us this year to celebrate the occasion. These brave individuals have discovered fraud, waste, and abuse in industries ranging from healthcare to engineering to law enforcement.
The Untold Stories of the Whistleblowers of 1777
Stephen M. Kohn, TEDx
America's First Whistleblower Law
Stephen M. Kohn, NWD 2017
National Whistleblower Day 2019