ACBH Executive Director traveled to New York City for an event at Columbia University titled "The Whistleblower: Kathryn Bolkovac – Peacekeeping and Human Trafficking in Bosnia." The former Nebraska police officer Kathryn Bolkovac, who authored the book: The Whistleblower: Sex Trafficking, Military Contractors, and One Woman's Fight for Justice discussed her story with Tanya Domi, Director of Media Relations at CUNY and Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University whose reporting broke this story.
In 1999, Ms. Bolkovac was recruited by DynCorp International – a government contractor – to support the UN peacekeeping mission in BiH. While working as a human rights investigator, she discovered military officers involved in human trafficking and forced prostitution. Ms. Bolkovac reported the crimes that were taking place and as a result she was demoted, threatened, and fired for exposing their human rights violations. Ultimately, she won a lawsuit against DynCorp and her fight for justice later became the Hollywood feature film "The Whistleblower".
"Victims must be protected to become survivors," stated Bolkovac. She called for more accountability in government contracting and asserted that "human trafficking by zero tolerance, by zero investigations and zero punishment means nothing." While the retaliation against whistleblowers is great, the National Defense Act of 2013 strengthens the rights of whistleblowers and the Project on Government Oversight is leading the way on accountability for government contractors.