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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: St. Francis of Assisi

By: MOLLY WICKER St. Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury in exchange for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to live in poverty and rebuild the Christian church. Today, he is considered the patron saint of animals and the environment by the Catholic Church … Continue reading #InContext: St. Francis of Assisi

#InContext: Mother Teresa

By: MOLLY WICKER For decades, Mother Teresa’s kindness and generosity has captured the attention of the world. She was showered with honorary degrees and awards and universally praised by the media. Popes, presidents, philanthropists, and even the Queen, looked to her for guidance to eradicate poverty and affect change. Despite the many influential people vying … Continue reading #InContext: Mother Teresa

#InContext: Rosa Parks

By: SARAH CRAMER Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913, in Tuskegee, Alabama. At a young age, Parks’ parents separated. She and her mother moved in with her mother’s parents, who were former slaves. From a young age, she witnessed her family serve as leading examples and strong advocates for human equality. In one … Continue reading #InContext: Rosa Parks

Boutros Featured in Baylor Magazine for Anti-Human Trafficking Work

A Tangible Hope Baylor Magazine – Summer 2017 For years, Victor Boutros, BA ’98, battled modern day slavery as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. Department of Justice, where he investigated and prosecuted international human trafficking, hate crimes and official misconduct cases around the country. His passion for such work began growing while he was … Continue reading Boutros Featured in Baylor Magazine for Anti-Human Trafficking Work

#InContext: Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, is the spiritual leader of Tibet and has spent his lifetime advocating for the freedom of Tibet. His Holiness was born on July 6, 1935, to a farming family in the village of Taktser in northeastern Tibet. At birth, he was named Lhamo Dhondup, but at the … Continue reading #InContext: Dalai Lama

#InContext: Jessie E. Sampter

Jessie Ethel Sampter was born on March 22, 1883, in New York City to Rudolph and Virginia (Kohlberg) Sampter, prosperous second-generation German Jews. She and her sister Elvie were raised in a mansion on Fifth Avenue in Harlem, which housed three generations of an extended family. Her father was a self-employed attorney and avowed atheist … Continue reading #InContext: Jessie E. Sampter

United Nations Asks Human Trafficking Institute to Train South African Prosecutors

The Human Trafficking Institute recently provided specialized training on behalf of the United Nations to a group of prosecutors from South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. The training, funded by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and held in South Africa’s capital, was part of the Palermo Protocol project, which provides legal and technical … Continue reading United Nations Asks Human Trafficking Institute to Train South African Prosecutors

#InContext: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid in South Africa. Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, and was the second of four children of Zacheriah Zililo Tutu, a teacher, and Aletta Tutu, a cleaner and cook at a school for the blind. Tutu began … Continue reading #InContext: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

#InContext: Eugene Cho

Eugene Cho, founder of One Day’s Wages and lead pastor at Quest Church in Seattle, was born in South Korea and immigrated to the United States when he was six years old. Growing up in San Francisco, Cho helped his parents run a local grocery store, stocking shelves and running the cash register. In his … Continue reading #InContext: Eugene Cho

#InContext: Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin invented the theory of evolution by natural selection. How was it that a man born into a Christian family and trained as a clergyman at a conservative university came to develop a theory that not only challenged the religious view of creation but altered the Western world’s understanding of human identity? Though Darwin … Continue reading #InContext: Charles Darwin