March 19, 2023 - Turtle Survival Alliance’s Chair of the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Committee, Heather Barrett, released the following statement regarding the sexual harassment allegations that have been levelled against Dr. Shailendra Singh.
“We have been following the recent social media posts and have received direct contact from one individual alleging inappropriate behavior by Dr. Singh. We take this very seriously. We understand that there is a current investigation in India, compliant with Indian laws, and we await the results and will be prepared to take appropriate action.
Turtle Survival Alliance believes that everyone deserves to work in a safe environment where they are not subjected to unwanted sexual contact or predatory behavior. As we learn more about this situation, we want to communicate our deepest sympathies for those who have bravely shared their stories.
Although the Turtle Survival Alliance does not operate in India, we have been very proud to support the important turtle conservation work in the country. We recognize that the tremendous impact of Turtle Survival Alliance can only be achieved when we entrust funding to organizations that are held to a high standard of transparency and accountability.
As we continue to grow, we will strive to strengthen our relationships and increase transparency and equitable treatment of employees by our worldwide partners. We recognize women as powerful change leaders for the conservation of wildlife and habitat - in their families, in their communities, in their countries and worldwide. Our mission will only succeed if we promote people of all ages and all backgrounds working together for the conservation of freshwater turtles and tortoises.”
For information about the Alliance's commitment to a violence free workspace or to share a question, concern, or complaint specific to a Turtle Survival Alliance Foundation board member, employee, contractor, or volunteer, please contact TSA’s Interim Executive Director Genevieve Waller at firstname.lastname@example.org.