Member Engagement in Sanctioned Countries

By: Ashley M. Pruett, CAE, and Jane Y. Cohen

The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control limits your ability to interact with residents of certain sanctioned countries, but not all activity is off limits. If your association seeks to engage professionals in your industry in sanctioned countries, here's what you need to know to avoid impermissible interactions.

Whether delivering food to refugees or promoting global advances in green energy, nonprofit organizations provide invaluable services around the world. By necessity, nonprofits often engage in activities and have members in countries that are subject to comprehensive U.S. trade embargos imposed by the U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control. While adherence with the strictures of OFAC's requirements often seems daunting, developing and implementing compliance processes can enable nonprofits to share information with members in sanctioned countries....