Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog: The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Founding Directors Victor Boutros and John Richmond reflect on the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on the Oxford Human Rights Hub blog. July 30th marked the UN’s fourth annual World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, which seeks to increase awareness of human trafficking as a serious crime and human rights violation. Traffickers make money … Continue reading Oxford Human Rights Hub Blog: The World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

The Human Trafficking Institute to Present Trafficking in Persons Conference in Uganda

Prosecutors, legislators, and law enforcement officials will gather next week in Kampala, Uganda, when the Human Trafficking Institute will present at a two-day conference on strategies to combat human trafficking. The training conference is being hosted by the Ugandan Judiciary and Willow International. The conference will provide leaders with greater understanding on the scope of … Continue reading The Human Trafficking Institute to Present Trafficking in Persons Conference in Uganda

Richmond Meets with Haitian Prime Minister

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — A discussion regarding Haiti’s approach to human trafficking took place between Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant and Human Trafficking Institute Founding Director John Richmond during a trip to Port-au-Prince in early May. The discussion happened in response to a two-day visit this past February in Washington D.C., where a delegation from … Continue reading Richmond Meets with Haitian Prime Minister

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

Institute Launches Douglass Fellows Program to Develop Future Anti-Human Trafficking Leaders

McLean, Virginia – The Human Trafficking Institute is launching its Douglass Fellows program, inspired by Frederick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, law enforcement, and advocacy. This program will provide an opportunity for law students and exceptional graduate and undergraduate students to participate in a nine-month fellowship focused on providing resources to those currently combatting human … Continue reading Institute Launches Douglass Fellows Program to Develop Future Anti-Human Trafficking Leaders

The Institute Partners with Restavek Freedom to Host Haitian Delegation in DC

The Human Trafficking Institute recently partnered with Restavek Freedom to host members of the Haitian government during a two-day visit to Washington, DC. The Haitian delegation included: Dr. Ely Thelot, President, National Committee for Trafficking in Persons; Dr. Price Cyprien, Congressman with the new administration in Haiti and head of the Justice committee; Joab Thelot, … Continue reading The Institute Partners with Restavek Freedom to Host Haitian Delegation in DC

Boutros & Richmond Brief the President on Human Trafficking

Washington, DC – Human Trafficking Institute Founding Directors Victor Boutros and John Richmond briefed President Trump on human trafficking on February 23 as part a closed-door listening session at the White House. The briefing came from a small, diverse group of trafficking experts, including former federal prosecutors, a former Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of … Continue reading Boutros & Richmond Brief the President on Human Trafficking

The Root Cause of Trafficking is Traffickers

By: JOHN COTTON RICHMOND “The Root Cause of Human Trafficking is Traffickers.” Some might wonder, “How can someone make this statement? After all, aren’t there many interconnected causes of human trafficking?” People might argue that poverty, lack of education, immigration policy, environmental conditions, fractured families, and a lack of good job opportunities are the real … Continue reading The Root Cause of Trafficking is Traffickers