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Boutros & Richmond Return to White House to Participate in Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Roundtable

WASHINGTON, DC – Human Trafficking Institute Founding Directors Victor Boutros and John Richmond were invited back to the White House on May 17 as part of a bipartisan anti-human trafficking roundtable discussion in the West Wing’s Roosevelt Room. This small group discussion was led by Ivanka Trump and included Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Heidi … Continue reading Boutros & Richmond Return to White House to Participate in Bipartisan Anti-Human Trafficking Roundtable

Stanford Students Engage the Anti-Trafficking Community

By Jonathan Roberts Photo by Elke Teichmann The reality of human trafficking and issues surrounding the U.S. State Department’s annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) took center stage at Stanford University last week. On Wednesday, November 29th, former TIP Ambassador Susan Coppedge and the Human Trafficking Institute’s John Richmond met with Stanford students to … Continue reading Stanford Students Engage the Anti-Trafficking Community

Belize Officials to Convene for Judicial Training

By Jonathan Roberts BELIZE CITY, BELIZE–Belize judges will gather this Friday to improve their knowledge and management of Trafficking in Persons cases. Every magistrate judge and Supreme Court Justice in the country is invited to attend. At the request of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize, The Human Trafficking Institute will facilitate … Continue reading Belize Officials to Convene for Judicial Training

#InContext: Madeleine Albright

By Brittany Davis Throughout her life, Madeleine Albright desired to make a difference in the world. Born in Prague in 1937, she spent a brief time in her native Czech Republic before fleeing the country during the Nazi invasion in WWII and escaping it again after the communists took power the late 1940s. Albright faced … Continue reading #InContext: Madeleine Albright

Belize Officials Seek Victim-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Work

BY: JONATHAN ROBERTS Belize City, Belize—Over 65 Belize government officials gathered earlier this month to improve victim-centered techniques in anti-trafficking investigations. They received training from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations on forensic interviewing for victims of human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Institute, in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, shared best practices … Continue reading Belize Officials Seek Victim-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Work

#InContext: Helen Keller

BY: MEAGHAN NEWKIRK Helen Keller was born a normal, healthy baby girl, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. Tragedy struck when, at 19 months old, she suffered a severe illness that left her both blind and deaf. As a young child, Helen learned to express basic commands, but over time she grew frustrated with … Continue reading #InContext: Helen Keller

#InContext: Kenneth Kaunda

Kenneth Kaunda was the first President of independent Zambia and is steadfast in his support for societal improvement in Africa. Kaunda was born in 1928 in Northern Rhodesia (now Zambia) to Church of Scotland missionaries and schoolteachers. His mother was the first African woman to teach in colonial Zambia. Kaunda followed in his parents’ footsteps … Continue reading #InContext: Kenneth Kaunda

Experienced Human Trafficking Attorney Joins Institute in Belize

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS This month, New York attorney Dave Fillingame began his year-long position with the Institute as Special Counsel on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases in Belize. This marks the Institute’s first legal professional to be based in Belize. In this role, Fillingame will work closely with Belize’s Director of Public Prosecutions and the newly … Continue reading Experienced Human Trafficking Attorney Joins Institute in Belize

#InContext: J.R.R. Tolkien

By: KATHERINE CAREY J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the well-known trilogy The Lord of the Rings, exemplified leading a meaningful life, even in the face of adversity. Both Tolkien’s personal life and his celebrated books epitomize that lesson. Born in 1892, Tolkien suffered a difficult childhood. His father passed away when Tolkien was only four, … Continue reading #InContext: J.R.R. Tolkien

#InContext: Malala Yousafzai

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS As the youngest Nobel Laureate ever, Malala Yousafzai is a powerful voice for the oppressed. She advocates for children’s rights across the world. Malala was born in 1997 in Swat Valley, Pakistan. Though Pakistani women are typically not treated equally to men, Malala’s parents were determined to give her every opportunity that … Continue reading #InContext: Malala Yousafzai