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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

Expert Human Trafficking Prosecutor Joins Institute in Uganda

By: REBECCA JUN Tyler Dunman joins the Institute as the Special Counsel in Uganda. In this role, he will work in Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) providing expertise and supporting prosecutors who are working on trafficking cases. His position is one of the Institute’s three strategic components of our model to … Continue reading Expert Human Trafficking Prosecutor Joins Institute in Uganda

Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Partners with the Institute to Celebrate Uganda’s PTIP Act 10-Year Anniversary

By: REBECCA JUN Uganda’s government and civil society commemorated the 10th anniversary of the country’s Prevention of Trafficking in Persons Act (PTIP Act) on October 23 in Kampala. The PTIP Act was Uganda’s first law to demonstrate its commitment to fight against human trafficking, prohibiting all forms of human trafficking and prescribed punishments up to … Continue reading Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Partners with the Institute to Celebrate Uganda’s PTIP Act 10-Year Anniversary

The Institute and Belize Police Department Conduct Trainings to Identify Potential Victims of Trafficking

By: REBECCA JUN The Human Trafficking Institute partnered with the Belize Police Department to conduct Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Identification and Referral trainings at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville, 15 miles southwest of Belize City. This series of five trainings began on September 18. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of the Belize prison, called the prison to action … Continue reading The Institute and Belize Police Department Conduct Trainings to Identify Potential Victims of Trafficking

Institute CEO Featured in Baylor Alumni Magazine

By: MOLLY WICKER Institute Founding Director and CEO Victor Boutros was featured in the October issue of Baylor University’s alumni magazine. Victor graduated from Baylor in 1998, where he studied philosophy. He also attended Harvard, Oxford and the University of Chicago Law School, from which he earned a juris doctor in 2003. While pursuing a … Continue reading Institute CEO Featured in Baylor Alumni Magazine

Douglass Fellows Learn from Experts in D.C.

By: MOLLY WICKER The Institute’s third class of Douglass Fellows joined staff for two days of hands-on orientation and training in Washington, D.C. in September. This year’s class had the unique opportunity to not only hear from members of the Institute team, but also from experts in the field, who shared how their legal experience … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Learn from Experts in D.C.

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