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Accelerating Progress to Combat Human Trafficking Through the First-Ever Global Academy

By: KELLI L. ROSS A specialized cohort of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and social workers from Belize, South Africa, and Uganda convened on October 15, outside Washington, D.C., for the first-ever Global Human Trafficking Academy. The Academy, hosted and conducted by The Human Trafficking Institute, is a unique opportunity to accelerate a country’s progress toward … Continue reading Accelerating Progress to Combat Human Trafficking Through the First-Ever Global Academy

Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

By: MOLLY WICKER Applications for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship cohort will be accepted until 5 PM EST on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Inspired by Fredrick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy, The Human Trafficking Institute provides this opportunity for second- and third-year law students to participate in an eight-month fellowship program focused on developing … Continue reading Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

Institute Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Favor of Lower Court’s Restitution Award

By: MOLLY WICKER The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in a case against an Oklahoma man convicted of sex trafficking for purchasing commercial sex from children (read the full brief here). On appeal is whether the defendant, Curtis Anthony, can be … Continue reading Institute Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Favor of Lower Court’s Restitution Award

Institute Director Speaks on Mechanisms to Navigate Criminal Justice Systems at Human Trafficking Conference

The Human Trafficking Institute’s Director of Law Enforcement Operations, Dave Rogers, recently spoke on a panel entitled “Maximizing Global Cooperation and Reducing Demand,” along with Justice Mike Chibita, Director of Public Prosecutions in Uganda. The panel was part of the National Association of Attorneys General and International Association of Prosecutors Global Conference on Human Trafficking … Continue reading Institute Director Speaks on Mechanisms to Navigate Criminal Justice Systems at Human Trafficking Conference

Douglass Fellow Hosts Advocacy Event with Annick Febrey

By: MOLLY WICKER On January 28th, Pepperdine University’s Sudreau Global Justice Program and the Palmer Center, in partnership with The Human Trafficking Institute, welcomed Annick Febrey, the Institute’s Director of Government and Corporate Relations, to speak on labor trafficking, supply chain transparency, and corporate accountability. The event was organized by Sarah Hammil, a 2018-19 Douglass … Continue reading Douglass Fellow Hosts Advocacy Event with Annick Febrey

Memphis Business Owner Partners with Institute

By: MOLLY WICKER When Amy Howard was young, she realized that someone’s environment can truly inspire their life. After developing easy-to-use, professional DIY product lines and helping countless people rescue and restore things from the past, Amy wanted to provide women around the world with the same opportunity. A Makers’ Studio is her way of … Continue reading Memphis Business Owner Partners with Institute

John Richmond Sworn-in as Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in Persons

By: MOLLY WICKER On Wednesday, November 14, John Cotton Richmond, Institute Co-Founding Director, was formally sworn-in by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo as the 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). The ceremony was held in the Benjamin Franklin … Continue reading John Richmond Sworn-in as Ambassador-at-Large for Trafficking in Persons

Institute Celebrates 2018 Global Human Trafficking Academy with Finale Dinner

By: MOLLY WICKER The Human Trafficking Institute marked the conclusion of its inaugural Global Human Trafficking Academy on October 26 with a finale dinner at the Library of Congress. Cohorts from Belize, South Africa, and Uganda came together with U.S. and international government officials, non-profit leaders, and Institute staff members to celebrate the success, collaboration, … Continue reading Institute Celebrates 2018 Global Human Trafficking Academy with Finale Dinner

Global Human Trafficking Academy Cohort Tackles Fictional Live-Action Trafficking Case

By: TAYLOR KING “Throughout the next two weeks, you will be taking on your own human trafficking case. You will gather evidence, interview a human trafficking survivor, find other witnesses, decide what suspects to charge and end with a mock trial,” explained David Fillingame, Institute Special Counsel in Belize, as he introduced the Global Human … Continue reading Global Human Trafficking Academy Cohort Tackles Fictional Live-Action Trafficking Case

Academy Attendees Learn About Systems-Based Victim Advocacy

By: MOLLY WICKER For victims of human trafficking, there is no shortage of services that need to be provided to account for all aspects of recovery. In many cases, these services come from two places: either systems-based or community-based. Systems-based victim services provide a different way of approaching the services sector within human trafficking while … Continue reading Academy Attendees Learn About Systems-Based Victim Advocacy