Monday, October 19, 2009

Aid Workers Freed from Kidnappers in Darfur

Two workers with the Irish aid group GOAL were freed from captivity in Darfur.  The Irish and Ugandan women were kidnapped on July 3 of this year.  According to Sudan’s state minister for humanitarian affairs, Abdel-Beqi al-Jailani, the two were released yesterday without the payment of ransom and are in good health.

DC Nonprofit Under Scrutiny

David W. Wilmot, a former DC lobbyist for Anheuser-Bush and Wal-Mart, founded Individual Development Inc. (IDI), a nonprofit that runs 11 mental health facilities across the District.  DC officials have asked judges to halt referrals to ISI’s facilities after the deaths of three residents revealed “systematic” problems with the organization.  In addition to poor quality of care, IDI is accused of several questionable governance issues.  According to the organization’s 990 tax filing, Wilmot was paid $105,000 in 2000 for five hours of work per week.  By 2003, he was working 40 hours a week and his salary jumped to $346,743 for an organization with a $12million annual budget funded solely through Medicaid.  Additionally, Wilmot and another member of the three man board took out loans from the organization.  Wilmot also hired his daughter to work for the organization and paid lobbying fees to his law firm, from which he draws a $60,000 salary.

Ronald McDonald House Sued for not Paying Overtime

Ana Siberio is suing the Ronald McDonald House Charities of South Florida over $20,000 in unpaid overtime after leaving her job with the charity in April.  Siberio claims she worked an estimated 70 hours per week and was told she was not allowed to clock in and out to record her time.  The Labor Department investigated her claim and found that the charity violated labor laws by not paying overtime.