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Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases in 2018

By: KELLI L. ROSS WASHINGTON, DC – The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released April 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Report, a project of the Human Trafficking Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal … Continue reading Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases in 2018

Douglass Fellows Mentor Joins Department of Justice

By: Molly Wicker Betsy Hutson, a Douglass Fellows mentor and experienced prosecutor, recently announced that she will join the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section. She will be a trial attorney. Most recently, Hutson worked for McGuire Woods, where she led the team that won the largest civil single-plaintiff human … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Mentor Joins Department of Justice

The Human Trafficking Institute Selects 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship Class, Announces Mentors

By: MOLLY WICKER This September, the Human Trafficking Institute will welcome seven students from some of the nation’s top law programs for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship class. This 8-month public service fellowship is named in honor of Frederick Douglass and his commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy. The Douglass Fellowship provides exceptional law students a … Continue reading The Human Trafficking Institute Selects 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship Class, Announces Mentors

Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS Last month, Cherisse Francis, the Judicial Law Clerk to the designated TIP justice of Belize, attended the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Regional Conference on combatting Trafficking in Persons. The conference was an important learning opportunity for anti-trafficking professionals in Belize and beyond, as it facilitated engagement with regional professionals who … Continue reading Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference

Institute CEO Speaks at UVA Darden

BY: MOLLY WICKER Victor Boutros, Institute CEO, spoke to Executive MBA students at the University of Virginia’s D.C. Darden School of Business campus. The talk, which focused on the economics of human trafficking, provided students with an opportunity to apply what they recently learned about Global Economies and Markets (GEM) and Operations, including supply chain. … Continue reading Institute CEO Speaks at UVA Darden

Regent University School of Law Cites Institute

By: MOLLY WICKER In a recent article analyzing the outcomes of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, Regent University School of Law Professor S. Ernie Walton cites the Human Trafficking Institute’s partnership with Uganda as a key factor in the country’s continued progress. “With this partnership,” Walton writes, “a well-functioning justice system, various other measures … Continue reading Regent University School of Law Cites Institute

2018 Annual Report Now Available

By: MOLLY WICKER Our 2018 Annual Report is complete and we are excited to share it with you! Inside these pages, you’ll find an overview of the Institute’s mission and strategy for getting to the root of the problem and decimating trafficking. This year included countless highlights and exciting milestones, including our Global Human Trafficking … Continue reading 2018 Annual Report Now Available

Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS This month, 13 Belizean undergraduate students participated in a human trafficking moot trial at the Supreme Court in Belmopan, Belize. Twelve of these students are enrolled in the Criminal Justice Pathway at Galen University, while one is a student at St. John’s Junior College located in Belize City, Belize. This moot trial, … Continue reading Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial

Institute Cited in Belize Media Coverage on TIP Ranking

By: MOLLY WICKER On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, in which Belize received an improved Tier 2 Watch List ranking. After four consecutive years of receiving a failing grade, the improved ranking demonstrates the country’s committed efforts to training dedicated police officers and prosecutors to … Continue reading Institute Cited in Belize Media Coverage on TIP Ranking

Belize Improves Its U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report Ranking

By: KELLI L. ROSS Yesterday morning, the U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which ranks 187 countries on how well they are combatting human trafficking. Countries that receive the lowest ranking are subject to economic sanctions from the United States. This year, Belize received an improved Tier 2 Watch … Continue reading Belize Improves Its U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report Ranking