The United States Department of Treasury Office of Foreign Assets Control (“OFAC”) has designated the Tamil Foundation of Cumberland, MD as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist (“SDGT”) under the Terrorist Sanctions. OFAC accues the Tamil Foundation of being part of a support network for the Tamil Tigers rebel group, an organization known for rebelling against the Sri Lankan government.

Section 1 of Executive Order 13224 blocks property and interests under the jurisdiction of the United States of persons listed as an SDN. In addition, any persons owned, controlled or acting on behalf of an SDN with property or interests under the jurisdiction of the United States may have those interests blocked.

Such interests can include bank accounts, real estate, and securities. An appeal to such blocking can be a costly and time consuming matter. As such, effective counsel should be sought out immediately if one believes that it might be blocked or an individual or entity it is involved with may be blocked.

For more information click here: U.S. imposes sanctions on Tamil Foundation.

If you feel that you may have violated any OFAC administered regulations or seek assistance in complying with those regulations please contact the author at 202-329-5652 or by email at

The author of this blog is Erich C. Ferrari, an attorney in Washington, DC, who specializes in Sanctions Law and White Collar Criminal Defense. If you have any questions please email him at