U.S. Launch of the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index

Join Tax Justice Network and the FACT Coalition for a discussion of the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index, the ranking of the U.S., and the status of relevant U.S. legislation.

 Wednesday, February 19, 2020

9:30am to 10:30am

Coffee, Tea, and Pastries Will Be Provided

SD-106, Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

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As Congress considers measures to combat financial secrecy and end the formation of anonymous companies in the United States, the Tax Justice Network and the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition ask you to join them on Capitol Hill for the U.S. launch of the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index (FSI) on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 9:30 am – 10:30 am.  The event will take place in SD-106 (Dirksen Senate Office Building).

Since 2009, the Tax Justice Network has produced the Financial Secrecy Index biennially, analyzing the level of secrecy in the world’s financial centers. It is the only comprehensive ranking that seeks to apply a methodical approach to defining secrecy jurisdictions. The previous iteration of the FSI, released in January 2018, rated the United States as the 2nd largest secrecy jurisdiction in the world, behind only Switzerland.

The 2020 FSI Launch Event will feature a presentation by TJN on the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index results, including where the U.S. falls in the new rankings and why.  A panel of experts will then discuss the national security, law enforcement, human rights, and economic implications of financial secrecy in the United States as well as bipartisan legislation (such as the ILLICIT CASH Act and the Corporate Transparency Act) currently pending in Congress to tackle financial secrecy.

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9:30 AM — Welcome Remarks — Clark Gascoigne, The FACT Coalition

9:35 AM — Presentation of the 2020 Financial Secrecy Index — Jack Blum, Tax Justice Network

9:50 AM — Panel Discussion featuring:

  • Jack Blum, Tax Justice Network
  • Eric LeCompte, Jubilee USA Network
  • Tim Richardson, Fraternal Order of Police
  • Frank Russo, National District Attorneys Association
  • Jodi Vittori, Transparency International Defense & Security
  • Clark Gascoigne, The FACT Coalition — Moderator

10:15 AM — Audience Q&A

10:30 AM — End

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