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Dear Colleague:
I am pleased to invite you to participate in Whistleblower Week in Washington , D.C. by coming to the opening ceremonies of the No FEAR symposium on Monday, May 12th and the No FEAR Tribunal on Wednesday, May 14th. Whistleblowers from around the country will testify at the Tribunal about their experiences of retaliation and harassment inside the federal government.

Attendees will include a substantial number of medical doctors who have spoke out against unsafe and unhealthy conditions inside America ’s hospitals and consequently faced retaliation and termination. These courageous medical professionals will share their experiences during the Tribunal. Also in attendance will be many other federal employees who have experienced retaliation.

The No FEAR Institute’s annual Whistleblower Week in Washington is a week-long, multimedia and event-driven focus on Federal government whistleblowers. This year’s events will be particularly important as they coincide with the sixth anniversary of the signing of The Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation (No FEAR) Act of 2002, an act that many properly hail as the first civil rights law of the 21st century.

The No FEAR Act requires that Federal agencies be more accountable for violations of anti-discrimination and whistleblower protection laws. Discrimination and retaliation against Federal employees has cost the government millions of dollars. According to the March 2008 Government Accountability Office Report, between 2001 and 2003, discrimination and retaliation cases cost the government approximately $656 million dollars in judgment and settlement costs. Retaliation and discrimination also breed a myriad of costs that cannot be quantified in the toll exacted on the health and well-being of Federal employees and their families, along with undermining the morale and environment of our Federal agencies . The symposium will examine these costs and the Federal policies in place to address them.

I am honored to invite Members and their staff to participate in the tribunal which will feature testimony from Federal employees, their families, physicians and attorneys who will discuss the financial, social, and psychological impacts of retaliation and discrimination in the Federal workplace. No FEAR will also be hosting an Awards Reception that will honor Members of Congress and individuals who have supported Federal whistleblowers and advocated for strong enforcement of civil rights laws.

I ask you to join me for what promises to be a very interesting and engaging week of events. For more information, please contact Yohannes Tsehai (Yohannes.Tsehai@mail.house.gov) in my office at ext. 5-3816 or Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo (NoFearCoalition@aol.com) at the No FEAR Institute at: (301) 320-3021.

Sincerely,
Sheila Jackson Lee
Member of Congress
Congress of the United States
House of Representatives
Washington, D.C. 20515
April 2, 2008
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03/10/08 Congresswoma n Sheila Jackson Lee, Chair of Washington Whistleblower Week welcomes whistleblowers to the May celebration.
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