Office of the Spokesperson

For Immediate Release

March 8, 2021


Revocation of License Granted for Dan Gertler


Today, the Department of the Treasury, in consultation with the Department of State, revoked the license that was issued to Specially Designated National Dan Gertler on January 15, 2021.


The license previously granted to Mr. Gertler is inconsistent with America’s strong foreign policy interests in combatting corruption around the world, specifically including U.S. efforts to counter corruption and promote stability in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). As the original designation of Mr. Gertler under the Global Magnitsky sanctions program in 2017 and subsequent designations in 2018 made clear, Mr. Gertler engaged in extensive public corruption. Under our Privileged Partnership for Peace and Prosperity, the United States stands firmly with our partners in the DRC to counter malign behavior that undermines the country’s institutions and economic opportunities.


The United States will continue to promote accountability for corrupt actors with all the tools at our disposal, in order to advance democracy, uphold international norms, and impose tangible costs on those who seek to upend them.


“ The Biden Administration is committed to supporting President Tshisekedi’s efforts to fight corruption and to hold those responsible accountable. Corruption prevents the DRC from realizing its potential and hurts the Congolese people. In fact, it is the main issue of concern people raise with me when I travel around the country, including how illegal economic activity fuels the violence in eastern DRC,” said Ambassador Hammer.