The nonprofit humanitarian agency World Vision United States improperly transacted with the Islamic Relief Agency (ISRA) in 2014 with approval from the Obama administration, according to a new report, government funding was sent to an organization called His ties to terrorism were approved.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R., Iowa) recently released a report detailing the findings of his staff’s investigation into the relationship between World Vision and ISRA in February 2019.
The investigation found that World Vision was not aware that the ISRA was approved by the US since 2004, after Osama al-Qaeda’s predecessor, Maqtab al-Qaeda, had raised nearly $ 5 million. Liden was the predecessor of al-Qaeda controlled by Helen.
However, that ignorance was born out of inadequate vet practices, the report states.
“World Vision works to help people around the world and the work is commendable,” Grassley said in a statement. “While it is not known whether ISRA was on the sanctions list or it was listed because of its affiliation with terrorism, it should be. Ignorance may not be enough as an excuse. World Vision changes in waiting practice are a good first. Step, and I look forward to its continued progress. “
The investigation was conducted till 1 July 2018 National review Sam Westrop, director of the Middle East Forum’s Islamic Watch, detailed the MEF’s findings that the Obama administration had “approved taxpayers’ $ 200,000 grant to ISRA.”
Government officials specifically authorized the release of “at least $ 115,000” of this grant, even after learning that it was a designated terrorist organization, Westrop wrote.
According to the Senate report, World Vision submitted a grant application to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) on January 21, 2014 to execute its Blue Nile recovery program. The proposed program included food security, sanitation equipment, and health services in conflict-affected areas in the Blue Nile region of Sudan.
USAID gave World Vision a grant of $ 723,405 for the program. The following month, ISRA agreed to provide humanitarian services to parts of the Blue Nile region for world vision. The two organizations also collaborated on several projects in 2013 and 2014.
The world-visioned only discovered ISRA was approved after the evangelical humanitarian nonprofit discussed a partnership with the International Migration Organization (IOM) on a separate humanitarian project in Sudan. In a regular veterinarian visit to World Vision and its partners, the IOM discovered ISRA’s approved status and reached out to the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) compliance team to confirm.
After receiving confirmation from OFAC, IOM declined World Vision’s proposal to cooperate, the report says.
The Legal Department of World Vision was informed of ISRA’s potential status as an accepted entity in September 2014 and immediately withheld all payments to the organization during the investigation.
The nonprofit sent a letter to OFAC on 19 November 2014 asking for clarification about the status of ISRA, and requested that, in the event ISRA was approved, it would be required to terminate the organizations existing contract with a Temporary license must be awarded.
Two months later, the Treasury responded, confirming that ISRA had been approved and was rejecting the request for a license to work with the organization, as it would be “inconsistent with OFAC policy”.
A month later, World Vision submitted another request for a license to transact with ISRA, paying $ 125,000 for the services provided to them, lest it result in legal consequences and possible expulsion from Sudan Face it.
On May 4, 2015, the Obama Administration’s State Department recommended World Vision’s request for a license to OFAC. The next day, OFAC granted ISRA a license to pay $ 125,000 for the services provided, and later sent the nonprofit “caution letter”, revealing that its collaboration with ISRA led to global terrorism Has violated the Sanction Regulation.
The report noted that the investigation found “no evidence that World Vision has intentionally sought to circumvent US sanctions by partnering with the CRA.”
“We also did not find any evidence that World Vision knew that ISRA was an approved entity before taking notice from the Treasury,” the report said. “However, based on the evidence presented, we conclude that World Vision had access to appropriate public information and should have known how, but properly failed ISRA as a sub-grantor, whose The resulting transfer of US taxpayer dollars to an organization with an extensive history of supporting terrorist organizations [sic] And terrorists including Osama bin Laden. “
The report called World Vision’s system potential sub-grants as “borderline negligence” and the organization says it “ignored primary-level investigative processes.”
The report said that World Vision, after examining this claim by the IOM of ISRA’s approval status, spent weeks and was unable to come to a conclusion on “what can only be described as flawed logic”. Trusts
The report accuses World Vision of trying to blame, and notes that the IOM was “able to quickly acquire ISRA and determine their status as an accepted entity.”
“Had World Vision employed the same methods assigned by due diligence and the IOM, taxpayer dollars would not have joined hands with an organization known to fund terrorist organizations,” it said.
The report states that World Vision has instituted additional screening methods, “employees on the Finance Committee have reservations”.
“World Vision has a duty to ensure that funds received from the US government or donated by Americans do not support terrorist activity,” it says. “World Vision, particularly related to this committee, is to blame the federal government for their inability to properly sub-legislate. A more robust and fundamentally sound system of screening and vetting is needed to restore public confidence that contributions made to World Vision are not funded by illegal organizations. “
“Furthermore, although we have no reason to doubt World Vision’s claim that the money was used by ISRA for humanitarian purposes in its entirety, this money essentially aids their terrorist activities.” It concludes.
World Vision said in a statement that it “Takes our compliance obligations seriously and shares the purpose of Sen. Grassley and the staff of the committee for low staffing.“
“We appreciate that in the committee’s staff report, the chairman found ‘no evidence that World Vision knew that ISRA was an accepted entity before receiving notice from the Treasury,’“ It has been added. “Terrorism stands for World Vision as an organization and we strongly condemn any act of terrorism or support for such activities.“