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This is at least part of their funding from the US government. They get almost $200 million per year (at least): https://www.usaspending.gov/recipient/3659a886-00cb-ec3c-8a01-50fea395eaff-C/all They get money from the UK, from donations, and probably from other countries, as well.
The IRC (International Rescue Committee) paid almost $7 million to “settle” accusations of procurement fraud related to the Syrian refugee crisis. Now it is using the Afghan disaster created, at least in part, by Sec. of State Tony Blinken to beg for money: https://archive.md/JbywF Blinken’s Hungarian step-mother has been affiliated with the group since 1978.
Friday, March 19, 2021: “The International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) Agrees to Pay $6.9 Million To Settle Allegations That It Performed Procurement Fraud by Engaging in Collusive Behavior and Misconduct on Programs Funded by the United States Agency for International Development”
Why weren’t they debarred? A look at the list of IRC board members and advisors suggests why!
Now are they going to get that money, and maybe more, back due to the crisis created by Tony Blinken? Blinken has been the foreign policy “brains” of Biden for decades. We believe that Blinken created the Afghanistan fiasco and did it on purpose.
“THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES NEARLY $64 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR AFGHANISTAN Monday, September 13, 2021 Today, the United States announced nearly $64 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will flow through independent organizations, such as UN agencies and NGOs… The United States is the single largest humanitarian donor in Afghanistan, providing nearly $330 million this year alone<”. https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/sep-13-2021-united-states-nearly-64-million-additional-humanitarian-assistance-afghanistan
Is this what the fiasco in Afghanistan was all about? Opportunism? More money made by creating the refugee crisis? Why this huge board and why so many advisors? Why so many political big names? Why are we getting tons of Afghan migrants, who apparently did nothing to help US troops in Afghanistan? And, will probably be on the welfare dole? https://cis.org/Report/Immigrants-Afghanistan If they aren’t on the dole, then they will be taking American jobs. And, they are bringing measles during a pandemic; surely Covid-19. And, probably polio, too: “Afghanistan and Pakistan are the only two remaining polio endemic countries in the world”. https://www.unicef.org/afghanistan/polio-eradication
“Help! Forensic Accountant Needed: International Rescue Committee Rolling in Taxpayer Dough!” 02/15/2020, by Ann Corcoran https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2020/02/15/help-forensic-accountant-needed-international-rescue-committee-rolling-in-taxpayer-dough/
“As the Trump Administration slows the flow of refugees into the US, the refugee contractors including the mack daddy of the whole bunch—the International Rescue Committee––is now going to provide lawyers for migrants who are scheduled for deportation as a way of expanding its financial base and its influence.” (Ann Corcoran, 2-14-20) https://refugeeresettlementwatch.org/2020/02/14/dallas-refugee-contractor-expands-role-works-to-stop-deportations-of-illegal-aliens/
Since 2013, former British Foreign Secretary David Milliband is President and CEO of the IRC. Obama’s Secretary of the Treasury, Timothy Geithner, is co-Chair of the Board of Directors. Geithner is President of Warburg Pincus, which was co-founded by Tony Blinken’s father, Donald Blinken. Former Ambassador to Hungary, Donald Blinken is still alive and is married to Vera (Ermer) Blinken.
Biden Sec. of State Blinken’s step-mother, Vera, is on the board of advisors of the IRC, as are Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger and others. Were any of these directly implicated in the fraud? We don’t know. But, it suggests what sort of operation this is — sucking off taxpayer money — and the top is ultimately responsible for what goes on at the bottom. They also get donations, as they are currently using Afghanistan to do. His step-mother, Vera Blinken, has been involved with the IRC since 1978. https://archive.md/FB04K According to her autobiography, her father was a banker named Jozsef Ermer. He survived the war and died in 1948. Nothing that we have read suggests that he had problems during the war related to being Jewish. It’s unclear if they were Jewish. Vera’s mother worked as a German interpreter for the Nazis to obtain food, according to her book “Vera and the Ambassador”. Her aunt’s husband was apparently a Greek ship-owner who paid for a fake marriage to an Italian to get them out of Hungary, well after World War II. Her aunt lived in New York. For whatever reasons, finding Vera’s birth name took effort, which is suspicious. Her birth name is apparently Veronica Ermer.
“FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, March 19, 2021
The International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) Agrees to Pay $6.9 Million To Settle Allegations That It Performed Procurement Fraud by Engaging in Collusive Behavior and Misconduct on Programs Funded by the United States Agency for International Development
WASHINGTON – The Justice Department announced today that the International Rescue Committee (“IRC”) has agreed to pay $6.9 million to settle allegations under the False Claims Act related to United States Agency for International Development (“USAID”)-funded programming for beneficiaries affected by the conflict in Syria. The settlement announced on March 16, 2021, is part of a civil resolution involving the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia, USAID, and the USAID Office of Inspector General (OIG).
IRC is a global humanitarian aid, relief and development nongovernmental organization that provides emergency aid and long-term assistance to refugees. It is headquartered in New York, New York. In the early years of the conflict in Syria, IRC received USAID funding for humanitarian assistance programming, specifically to provide emergency cross-border humanitarian assistance to internally displaced persons located within Syria.
USAID’s OIG conducted investigations in Turkey into allegations that IRC staff participated in a collusion and kickback scheme with a Turkish supply ring, which included bid-rigging activities in the selection of goods and services contracts for cross-border humanitarian relief into Syria. USAID OIG and the USAO-DC Civil Division also investigated allegations that IRC staff received kickbacks, steered bid procurement tenders, and allowed conflicts of interest between staff and suspect vendors. The investigation revealed that conduct by IRC staff resulted in the procurement of goods at unreasonably high prices, which were subsequently invoiced to USAID from October 2012 to December 2015.
USAO-DC Civil Division and USAID OIG thoroughly examined all source documents including contracts, proposals, contract terms, and invoices, in the lead-up to IRC’s agreement to pay the United States $6,934,500 to settle the False Claims Act allegations.
We are happy to bring this case to resolution and will continue to work with Offices of Inspectors General to ensure that humanitarian aid dollars that are targeted for humanitarian assistance for displaced persons are not compromised by lax oversight controls but are used appropriately to help those in dire need,” said Acting United States Attorney Channing D. Phillips.
Acting USAID Inspector General Thomas J. Ullom stated, “This settlement sends a strong message that USAID-funded implementers must have systems in place to detect, deter, and prevent fraud in humanitarian assistance programming. Aid organizations that lack proper monitoring and oversight controls over their procurement processes put taxpayer dollars at risk and compromise the delivery of critical assistance to those in need. USAID OIG’s global investigative operations will continue to shine a light on and drive consequences for fraud affecting USAID programming.”
Topic(s): False Claims Act
Component(s): USAO – District of Columbia
Press Release Number: 21-040 Updated March 19, 2021 “ https://www.justice.gov/usao-dc/pr/international-rescue-committee-irc-agrees-pay-69-million-settle-allegations-it-performed
“Aid group IRC acknowledges three sex abuse cases in DRC” The Independent February 15, 2018 https://www.independent.co.ug/aid-group-irc-acknowledges-three-sex-abuse-cases-drc/
“Charity fronted by former Labour foreign secretary David Miliband ‘hushed up 37 allegations of fraud, sex abuse and bribery’
* Former Labour MP David Miliband joined the IRC after quitting politics in 2013
* The International Rescue Committee was given £5.4million in taxpayers’ money
* Money given to the charity by the government was frozen after the allegations”
By CHARLIE BAYLISS FOR MAILONLINE
PUBLISHED: 09:38 BST, 14 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:55 BST, 14 February 2018 https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5389733/Charity-led-David-Miliband-hushed-sex-abuse-claims.html
“Major aid charities knew of ‘sex-for-food scandal’ years ago, says Times” 29 May 2018 https://www.civilsociety.co.uk/news/major-aid-charities-knew-of-sex-for-food-scandal-years-ago-says-times.html
“THE UNITED STATES ANNOUNCES NEARLY $64 MILLION IN ADDITIONAL HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE FOR AFGHANISTAN
For Immediate Release
Monday, September 13, 2021
Office of Press Relations
Today, the United States announced nearly $64 million in additional humanitarian assistance for the people of Afghanistan. This funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the U.S. Department of State will flow through independent organizations, such as UN agencies and NGOs, and provide life-saving support directly to Afghans facing the compounding effects of insecurity, conflict, recurring natural disasters, and the COVID-19 pandemic. For assistance to be effective, we will need an environment conducive to the principled delivery of aid, including the ability for both female and male aid workers to operate freely. This contribution underscores the United States’ commitment to the Afghan people.
Even before recent insecurity pushed people from their homes and increased needs, USAID supported a large humanitarian response for more than 18 million people in Afghanistan. This additional humanitarian assistance will provide vulnerable Afghans with critically needed food, health care, nutrition, medical supplies, protection, hygiene supplies, and other urgently needed relief.
USAID has also activated a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) – based outside of Afghanistan – to lead the U.S. Government’s humanitarian response. This team, which is based outside of Afghanistan, is working with partners to provide aid and adapt programs in response to the new environment.
The United States is the single largest humanitarian donor in Afghanistan, providing nearly $330 million this year alone. We will continue to help alleviate the suffering of the Afghan people and call on other donors to step up their contributions to help deliver critical assistance directly to the people of Afghanistan. For the latest updates on USAID’s humanitarian assistance in Afghanistan, visit: Afghanistan | Humanitarian Assistance | US Agency for International Development “ https://www.usaid.gov/news-information/press-releases/sep-13-2021-united-states-nearly-64-million-additional-humanitarian-assistance-afghanistan
“IRC Board of Directors and Board of Advisors The International Rescue Committee is governed by a volunteer, unpaid Board of Directors. In addition, the IRC Board of Advisors provides advice on policy, advocacy, fundraising and public relations.
Timothy F. Geithner
Co-Chair, Board of Directors
Co-Chair, Board of Directors
Eduardo G. Mestre
Chair, IRC Board of Advisors
Honorary Vice-Chair, International
President and Chief Executive Officer
Tracy R. Wolstencroft
Board of Directors
President, Center for Global Development
Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein
Former UN Human Rights Chief
Clifford S. Asness
Managing and Founding Principal, AQR Capital Management
Dr. Titilola Banjoko
Chair, Board of Directors, IRC-UK
Chairman, World Connect
Visiting Fellow, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy
Cheryl Cohen Effron
Founder, Conjunction Fund
Laurence D. Fink
Founder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock, Inc.
Timothy F. Geithner
75th U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; President, Warburg Pincus
Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison
Executive Director, International Refugee Assistance Project
Uzodinma Iweala, M.D.
CEO, The Africa Center
Matthew M. Johnson
Partner, Ziffern Brittenham LLP
Partner, Paulson & Company
Founder and CEO, New Mountain Capital
David A. Levine
Former Chief Economist, Sanford C. Bernstein
François-Xavier (FX) de Mallmann
Chairman of the Investment Banking Division, Goldman Sachs
Senior Managing Director, Blackstone
Eduardo G. Mestre
Chairman of Global Advisory, Evercore Partners
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Professor of Public Policy, UC Berkeley
Vice Chairman, Morgan Stanley
Michael J. O’Neill
Former Chief Corporate Affairs Officer, American Express Company
Dr. Kathleen Pike, Ph.D.
Professor of Psychology, Departments of Psychiatry and Epidemiology, Columbia University Medical Center
Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation
Joshua L. Steiner
Chairman of the Board of Castleton Commodities, and Senior Adviser, Bloomberg, L.P.
Executive Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Inc.
Mona K. Sutphen
Senior Advisor, The Vistria Group
Founder and Co-CEO, H.I.G. Capital
Dr. Merryl H. Tisch
Former Chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents
E. Eric Tokat
Partner, Centerview Partners
P. Maureen White
Senior Fellow at the Foreign Policy Institute at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, Johns Hopkins University
Co-Founder & CEO TolaData GmbH
Leah Joy Zell
Founding Partner, Lizard Investors, LLC
Board of Advisors
Morton I. Abramowitz
Senior Fellow, The Century Foundation and President Emeritus, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
Madeleine K. Albright
Chair, Albright Stonebridge Group
Senior Counsel, Cleary Gottlieb, Steen and Hamilton
F. William Barnett
Former Director, McKinsey & Company, Inc.
Alan R. Batkin
Chairman and CEO, Converse Associates, Inc
Chief Executive Officer and Chief Creative Officer, cbc
Georgette F. Bennett
President, Tanenbaum Center for Inter-religious Understanding and Founder, Multifaith Alliance for Syrian Refugees
Chair, Primavera Mobil Mammography Program; Vice Chair, Foundation of Art Preservation in Embassies; Co-Chair, Blinken European Institute/Columbia University
Senior Managing Director, Kroll Associates
W. Michael Blumenthal
Former Secretary of the U.S. Treasury and Founding Director of Jewish Museum Berlin
Counsel, Boies Schiller Flexner LLP
Andrew H. Brimmer
Partner, Joele Frank, Wilkinson, Brimmer, Katcher
Jennifer Brokaw, M.D.
Associate Professor of Clinical Emergency Medicine, University of California, San Francisco
Special Correspondent, NBC News
Frederick Burkle, M.D.
Senior International Public Policy; Scholar at Woodrow Wilson; International Center for Scholars
Former Vice President for International Public Affairs, PepsiCo
Robert M. Cotten
Trinh D. Doan
Senior Vice President, Bank of America
Member; Leadership Council, New York Stem Cell Foundation
Co-Founder and CEO, EmancipAction
Former Senior Managing Director Brazil, China & Global Corporate Marketing, Tishman Speyer
H.R.H. Princess Firyal of Jordan
Kenneth R. French
Carl E. and Catherine M. Heidt, Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College
Jeffrey E. Garten
Dean Emeritus, Yale School of Management
Corydon J. Gilchrist
President/Owner, KCG Holdings I, LLC
Evan G. Greenberg
Chairman and CEO, Chubb
Maurice R. Greenberg
Chairman and CEO, C.V. Starr & Co
Sarah K. Griffin
Head of Geopolitical Risk, McKinsey & Company
CEO & Managing Director, Hellman & Friedman LLC
Managing Director, Lebenthal Asset Management
Karen Hein, M.D.
Former President of the William T. Grant Foundation
Lucile P. Herbert
Volunteer, International Rescue Committee
Chair Emeritus, Board of Directors, IRC-UK
President, ZS Fund LP
CEO, Crescent Enterprises
Aly S. Jeddy
Director, McKinsey & Company
Founding Chairman, ICM Holdings, Inc.
M. Farooq Kathwari
Chairman, President and CEO, Ethan Allen Interiors, Inc.
Former U.S. Ambassador to Japan
Dr. Christina Kirby
Henry A. Kissinger
Former U.S. Secretary of State; Chairman, Kissinger Associates
Former President, Lincoln Center
Former U.S. Ambassador, China
John J. Mack
Chair Emeritus, Morgan Stanley
Vincent A. Mai
Chairman and CEO, Cranemere, Inc.
Robert E. Marks
President and Chairman, Marks Ventures, LLC
Roman Martinez IV
Former Managing Director, Lehman Brothers, Private Investor
Author and Journalist
President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
W. Allen Moore
Distinguished Fellow, The Henry Stimson Center
Executive Vice President and General Counsel, The Estée Lauder Companies
Former Chairman and CEO, PepsiCo
Former Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee Board; Consultant
Anjali Pant M.D., M.P.H
Anchor and Managing Editor, CBS Evening News and Correspondent, 60 Minutes
PwC Financial Services Advisory
David L. Phillips
Director of the Program on Peace-building and Rights at Columbia University’s Institute for the Study of Human Rights
General Colin L. Powell
Former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
Her Majesty Queen Rania Al Abdullah of Jordan
Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University
Editor, Foreign Affairs
Former President and CEO, International Rescue Committee
Managing Director, Walden Venture Capital
Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code
Former Co-Chair, International Rescue Committee Board
Dr. Rajiv Shah
President, Rockefeller Foundation
James T. Sherwin
J.D.; Hon LLD; Director, Hunter Douglas N.V.
James C. Strickler, M.D.
Emeritus Professor Medicine and Community Medicine, Emeritus Dean, Dartmouth Medical School
Arthur O. Sulzberger, Jr.
Honorary Chairman of the Board and former CEO, ADP
Jonathan L. Wiesner
CEO, Garrison Institute
William T. Winters
CEO, Standard Chartered
Tracy R. Wolstencroft
President & CEO, National Geographichttps://archive.md/ABCHy#selection-1593.0-3991.24
IRC-UK Board of Trustees https://archive.md/A50XS
OIG report: https://oig.usaid.gov/node/4625