VICTOR BOUTROS, Founding Director
Victor previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and trained law enforcement from different parts of the world on how to investigate and prosecute human trafficking. He is co-author with Gary Haugen of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford Press). Earlier this year, Victor and Mr. Haugen received the Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Impacting World Order, awarded annually to the authors of one world-changing book based on originality, feasibility and potential impact. Victor is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago. Click here to download complete bio.
ABIGAIL P. POWELL, Strategic Partnerships
Abigail formerly served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Buckner International, a social service organization caring annually for half a million vulnerable children and families, where she represented Buckner’s models of care to leaders around the globe. Abigail also launched the 137-year-old ministry’s Government Relations office in Washington, D.C. Her experience working for the U.S. Senate and engaging a range of backgrounds and personalities kick-started her enthusiasm for creatively bringing in like-minded individuals around a sustainable goal. Abigail graduated from Redeemer Seminary in May 2016 with a Masters in Theology and is also a graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
JOHN COTTON RICHMOND, Founding Director
John previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and an expert on human trafficking for the United Nations and at the European Union. He was named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” and by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and twice earned DOJ’s Special Commendation Award. John co-designed the advanced human trafficking curriculum for federal agents. Before joining DOJ, John served as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Mary Washington. John lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and three children. Click here to download complete bio.
SUTTON ROACH, Strategic Partnership Associate
Sutton graduated from Purdue University in 2016 with a BA in Mass Communication. Prior to joining the Institute, she served with International Justice Mission as the Donor Relations Intern and then as a Global Advancement Research Coordinator. During her college career, Sutton was president of IJM’s National Student Leadership Team, where she helped mobilize over 100 campus chapters around the country and led the global “Stand for Freedom” awareness campaign. She is the founder of Generation: JUSTICE, an organization at Purdue devoted to campus and community engagement to help combat human injustice. She lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area.
DAVE ROGERS, Director of Law Enforcement Operations
Special Agent Dave Rogers previously served as the FBI’s National Program Manager for Human Trafficking within the Civil Rights Unit, overseeing the FBI’s anti-trafficking work across the United States. Prior to this, Dave was an Advanced Instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, where he trained new agents to conduct criminal investigations. In addition, Dave has trained government units on human trafficking enforcement from Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. During his 23 years in federal law enforcement, he developed a broad range of investigative expertise, working organized crime, labor racketeering, asset forfeiture/money laundering and international terrorism cases. Dave has a BS in International Relations from American University. Click here to download complete bio.
KELLI L. ROSS, Project Manager & Assistant to the Founding Directors
Kelli’s background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, TN. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for faith-based microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, VA; and as business reporter at The Jackson Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, TN.
TAKIM WILLIAMS, Project Assistant
Takim graduated from Princeton in 2016 with a degree in philosophy and a minor in creative writing. He was heavily involved in Princeton Faith and Action, a parachurch ministry, facilitating fellowship and community within the ministry as a leader of the social initiative called “Post-Encounter.” During his sophomore year, Takim led a student group, The Alternative, whose mission was to expose the harmful effects of the hookup culture and provide an alternative social scene to the monotonous binge-drinking of weekend nightlife. He also founded figments speculative fiction magazine, a literary publication for student-written science fiction and fantasy, serving as editor-in-chief his junior and senior years. Takim continues to think creatively about how he can use his passion for storytelling to improve the world around him. He is currently revising his debut novel.