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Boutros & Richmond Return to White House to Participate in Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Roundtable

WASHINGTON, DC – Human Trafficking Institute Founding Directors Victor Boutros and John Richmond were invited back to the White House on May 17 as part of a bipartisan anti-human trafficking roundtable discussion in the West Wing’s Roosevelt Room. This small group discussion was led by Ivanka Trump and included Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Heidi … Continue reading Boutros & Richmond Return to White House to Participate in Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Roundtable

#InContext: Anna Julia Cooper

By: CASSONDRA MURPHY Spanning the time from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, Anna Julia Cooper’s life was defined by her tireless fight for freedom and equality. Cooper was born into slavery in North Carolina in 1858. Although not allowed to pursue educational opportunities until her ninth birthday — two years after the … Continue reading #InContext: Anna Julia Cooper

#InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

By: EMILY SAUER In early 1957, Martin Luther King Jr. pitched an idea to publish his well-known sermons. Melvin Arnold, head of Harper & Brothers’ Religious Books Department, agreed to publish King’s book and repeatedly begged him for the manuscript for the next several years. But it was not until five years later that King … Continue reading #InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

Podcast: John Cotton Richmond

The Let’s Give a Damn podcast featured Founding Director John Richmond on its Sept. 27, 2017 episode. John Cotton Richmond has been helping, loving, and serving people for quite some time. He started out working to free people from human slavery with the International Justice Mission. He then serve das the Special Litigation Counsel with … Continue reading Podcast: John Cotton Richmond

Institute to Host Trafficking in Persons Specialized Prosecutor Training in Uganda

BY: JONATHAN ROBERTS Prosecutors will gather this week in Kampala, Uganda, where the Human Trafficking Institute will host a specialized training on effectively prosecuting Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases. This is the first meeting of its kind since the Uganda Director of Public Prosecutions and the Institute entered into a Memorandum of Understanding that dedicates … Continue reading Institute to Host Trafficking in Persons Specialized Prosecutor Training in Uganda

#InContext: Henry David Thoreau

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS A philosopher, naturalist, and social reformer, Henry David Thoreau’s life and legacy compelled others to resist injustice and stand for human rights across the world. Thoreau was born on July 12, 1817, in Concord, Massachusetts. Thoreau frequently joked that he was born ‘in the nick of time,” when transcendentalism and the anti-slavery … Continue reading #InContext: Henry David Thoreau

Douglass Fellows Meet with Descendent of Frederick Douglass

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS Washington, DC – Kenneth B. Morris, Jr. welcomed The Human Trafficking Institute’s inaugural class of Douglass Fellows during their orientation in Washington, DC. Morris is the co-founder and president of Frederick Douglass Family Initiatives and the great-great-great grandson Frederick Douglass and the great-great grandson of Booker T. Washington. Morris toured the U.S. … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Meet with Descendent of Frederick Douglass

#InContext: Edward Everett Hale

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS As one of the most influential men in Boston late into the 19th century, Edward Everett Hale lent his voice to freedom and social progress. His writings and sermons frequently motivated others to join movements for patriotism, peace, and liberty for all regardless of status, race, or gender. Hale was born in … Continue reading #InContext: Edward Everett Hale

#InContext: Bryan Stevenson

By: MOLLY WICKER When lawyer Bryan Stevenson was a boy, his grandmother asked him to promise to take care of his mother, to do the right thing even in the face of adversity, and to steer clear of alcohol. He fulfilled her three requests and, as an adult, credits this conversation for helping determine his … Continue reading #InContext: Bryan Stevenson

#InContext: Ralph Waldo Emerson

By: MOLLY WICKER As a young man coming of age during the time of the Civil War, Ralph Waldo Emerson saw firsthand the consequences and destruction of slavery. Emerson was a passionate opponent of slavery and his thoughts on the subject are scattered throughout his essays, speeches, and collected works. Emerson was born on May … Continue reading #InContext: Ralph Waldo Emerson