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First-Ever Federal Human Trafficking Report Released at National Press Club

By: KELLI L. ROSS WASHINGTON, DC – The first-of-its-kind Federal Human Trafficking Report was released on Wednesday, April 18, at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The report, a project of The Human Trafficking Institute, provides an exhaustive account of all the criminal and civil human trafficking cases handled by federal courts during 2017. … Continue reading First-Ever Federal Human Trafficking Report Released at National Press Club

Statement of John Cotton Richmond to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, Institute Co-Founding Director John Cotton Richmond went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as the Nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. His nomination was announced was July 3. Almost two and a half years ago, … Continue reading Statement of John Cotton Richmond to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Annick Febrey Inspires Action at the Students Opposing Slavery International Summit

By: TAYLOR KING From the shiny, new products lining home improvement store shelves to the twice-worn shirts on the racks of local thrift stores, every good has a supply chain with a story. Often these stories are – seen or unseen – fraught with lies, manipulation, and illegal activities including human trafficking. The Institute’s Director … Continue reading Annick Febrey Inspires Action at the Students Opposing Slavery International Summit

Coordinator of Human Trafficking Cases Named in Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

By: KELLI L. ROSS Justice Mike Chibita, Ugandan Director of Public Prosecutions, recently named Rachel Bikhole, Principal State Attorney, the Coordinator of Human Trafficking Cases in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). In this role, Bikhole will coordinate and supervise all human trafficking cases in Uganda. “I chose Rachel as a focal … Continue reading Coordinator of Human Trafficking Cases Named in Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

John Cotton Richmond Nominated to be U.S. Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons

By: KELLI L. ROSS MCLEAN, VA – Today, John Cotton Richmond was announced as the nominee to be the next Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons and the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). This office leads the United States’ global engagement against human trafficking and … Continue reading John Cotton Richmond Nominated to be U.S. Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons

Law Enforcement Officials Meet in Seattle for Advanced Human Trafficking Training

By: TAYLOR KING More than 200 law enforcement officials and anti-trafficking advocates recently gathered for an advanced training on human trafficking at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Seattle, Washington. Training topics included current statutes and national trends in human trafficking law, investigation tools, and victim-centered strategies, among others. The Institute’s Co-Founder John Richmond began … Continue reading Law Enforcement Officials Meet in Seattle for Advanced Human Trafficking Training

2017 Annual Report is Now Available

Our 2017 Annual Report is complete! Inside these pages, you’ll find an overview of the Institute’s mission and strategy for getting to the root of the problem. The report offers an update on our work in Uganda and Belize, by summarizing the state of trafficking in each country, highlighting progress, and articulating our goals. It … Continue reading 2017 Annual Report is Now Available

Inaugural Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC

By: KELLI L. ROSS The Institute’s first class of Douglass Fellows completed their nine-month fellowship with a celebration dinner on April 18 at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC. The seven Fellows, representing six law schools, were engaged in the Institute’s anti-trafficking work through three key components: (1) Research & Writing; (2) Advocacy; and (3) Mentorship. … Continue reading Inaugural Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, DC

Human Trafficking Institute Invited to Join Preeminent Anti-Trafficking Policy Group

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS The Human Trafficking Institute recently became one of the newest members of the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST), giving the Institute a stronger voice in U.S. Government policy solutions that bring traffickers to justice around the globe. ATEST is a U.S.-based coalition that advocates for solutions to prevent and end … Continue reading Human Trafficking Institute Invited to Join Preeminent Anti-Trafficking Policy Group

Institute Visits Guatemala to Gain Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS The Institute’s Special Counsel in Belize Dave Fillingame and former Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu recently visited Guatemala to learn about this Central American country’s existing anti-trafficking framework as well as gain insight on ways in which Belize and Guatemala can partner in their efforts to fight trafficking. “Since Belize and Guatemala are … Continue reading Institute Visits Guatemala to Gain Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework