Treasury Dept. Fines Voices in the Wilderness Thousands for Delivering Medical Supplies to Iraq

August 01, 2003

The Chicago-based humanitarian group is fined tens of thousands of dollars for violating sanctions against Iraq. We speak with Voices in the Wilderness co-founder and two-time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Kathy Kelly.

The Treasury Department notified the humanitarian group Voices in the Wilderness three days ago that they have twenty days to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines for violating sanctions against Iraq.

Since its founding in 1996, Voices in the Wilderness has campaigned to end economic and military warfare against the Iraqi people. They have done this mostly by organizing delegations to Iraq in deliberate violation of U.N. economic sanctions and U.S. law, to publicly deliver small amounts of medical supplies to children and families in need.

Many of the group’s members refuse to pay taxes for war.