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Toby Dershowitz

Senior Vice President

Areas of Impact:

Latin America

Biography:

 Ms. Toby Dershowitz has spent more than 25 years in Washington, focusing on policy issues related to terrorism, cyber, democracy building, energy security and the Middle East.

As FDD’s Vice President for Government Relations and Strategy, she engages in policy roadmapping that identifies the conceptual issues and the strategy necessary to move the dial in the policy arena.

Ms. Dershowitz also serves on the Board of Advisors of FDD’s Center on Sanctions and Illicit Finance.

Possessing a strong commitment to bi-partisanship, she briefs and works closely with Members of Congress and their staff as well as with officials throughout the Executive Branch. Her office also facilitates rapid response research driven by requests from government officials. She co-directs several FDD projects including:

1) Iran Human Rights Project which works with FDD scholars and others addressing Iranian human rights abuses, international companies whose equipment is used as tools of oppression by the regime, and human rights sanctions designed to hold Iranian officials and international companies accountable;

2) Syria Working Group, which identifies policies aimed at supporting Syria’s pro-democracy movement and leveraging vulnerabilities in the regime and relationships with the US and foreign governments to thwart the Assad regime’s brutality;

3) Project on terrorist media, which identifies and seeks to formally designate as terrorist entities traditional and new media owned by terrorist organizations that are used to influence populations throughout the world for nefarious purposes.

Leveraging her prior work as Spokesperson and Director of Media Relations for a leading foreign policy organization for 14 years and director of a press association for 12 subsequent years, Ms. Dershowitz maintains strong ties to domestic and international reporters, columnists and editors. She has written several guides regarded as ‘media bibles’ for advocacy organizations. She has done media training for Fortune 500 executives and continues to serve as counselor for clients of The Dershowitz Group, a public affairs and strategic communications firm.

Ms. Dershowitz spent a year of academic study in Cairo, Egypt and is conversational in Arabic, Hebrew and Spanish.

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

Toby Dershowitz

The multilateral organization that sets and enforces global anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) standards will meet early next week to determine how it will hold Iran accountable for its continued illicit financing activities. more...

Analysis & Commentary

23rd June 2017 – Quoted by Valentina Pasquali - MondeyLaundering.com

FATF Renews Suspension of ‘Countermeasures’ Against Iran

Toby Dershowitz

The global anti-money laundering standard setting body opted Friday to renew its temporary suspension of recommended banking restrictions against Iran while removing Afghanistan and Laos from its list of countries that warrant enhanced monitoring. more...

23rd June 2017 – Quoted by Samuel Rubenfeld - The Wall Street Journal

FATF Continues Suspension of Some Iran Restrictions

Toby Dershowitz

The Financial Action Task Force, an international anti-money-laundering standards body, said Friday it would extend the suspension of some of its restrictions against Iran. more...

16th June 2017 – The Hill

Boeing’s Iran deal: Jobs claim is murky at best

Toby Dershowitz, Tyler Stapleton

In December of 2016 Boeing announced that a new sale of 80 aircraft to Iran Air would “support nearly 100,000 U.S. jobs.” Those numbers seem murky at best. more...

16th June 2017 – FDD Policy Brief

FATF Leadership and Iranian Accountability

Toby Dershowitz

The multilateral organization that sets and enforces global anti-money laundering and counter terrorist financing (AML/CFT) standards will meet early next week to determine how it will hold Iran accountable for its continued illicit financing activities. more...