Religious Development Coalition Releases Statement on "Panama Papers"

Jubilee USA

For Immediate Release

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Greg Williams, Communications Director
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Religious Development Coalition Releases Statement on "Panama Papers"

WASHINGTON - More than 11 million leaked documents from one of the world's largest "off-shore" law firms reveal how the global financial system enables corruption and tax evasion. The "Panama Papers" highlight the role that anonymously formed companies play in facilitating money laundering and crime. The leak is the largest known to date and involves heads of state and other prominent officials.

Eric LeCompte, Executive Director of the religious development group Jubilee USA, releases the following statement:

"The Panama Papers is the biggest leak we've ever seen on how global corruption and tax evasion is facilitated.

"Corruption and money laundering are not victimless crimes. The most vulnerable people in the world are harmed by financial secrecy.

"Congress should pass legislation to make it more difficult to set up anonymous companies here in the US. These companies fuel corruption, poverty, human trafficking and armed conflict. 
 
"Congress can pass the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act and move meaningful legislation to stop corruption and tax evasion."

Read more about the Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act

Read more about the crime and corruption facilitated by shell companies

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Jubilee USA Network is an alliance of more than 80 religious denominations and faith communities, human rights, environmental, labor, and community groups working for the definitive cancellation of crushing debts to fight poverty and injustice in Asia, Africa, and Latin America.

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