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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

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

“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 Trafficking Academy cohorts … 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

Victor Boutros receives International Protect HER Award from New Friends New Life

By: MOLLY WICKER New Friends, New Life, a nonprofit that restores and empowers formerly trafficked teen girls and sexually exploited women and children, presented Victor Boutros with its International ProtectHER Award at its annual luncheon on November 9. Victor was honored for his work with the Institute, specifically for training and partnering with foreign governments … Continue reading Victor Boutros receives International Protect HER Award from New Friends New Life

Victor Boutros featured in Gusto article about small business management

By: MOLLY WICKER Institute Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Victor Boutros was recently featured in an article on Gusto about small business management. The piece, entitled “Sometimes You Just Want to Give Up on Your Business. Here are 6 Things to Do Instead,” included advice from entrepreneurs in both the corporate and non-profit sectors. “We … Continue reading Victor Boutros featured in Gusto article about small business management

International Justice Missions Applauds Confirmation of John Richmond

By: MOLLY WICKER International Justice Mission recently published their support of John Richmond’s confirmation as Ambassador-at-Large for the Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. “I have had the privilege of working with Mr. Richmond on the front lines of the fight against slavery and witnessed his perseverance … Continue reading International Justice Missions Applauds Confirmation of John Richmond

Institute Agreement Featured in Belize Government Daily News

By: MOLLY WICKER The Human Trafficking Institute was featured in the Belizean Government’s Daily News, in a story about its recent partnership with the Belize Police Department. The Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute entered into an agreement to partner in building the capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit, formed earlier this … Continue reading Institute Agreement Featured in Belize Government Daily News

Belize Enters Agreement with the Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit

By: KELLI L. ROSS and TAYLOR KING The Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute entered into an agreement to partner in building the capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit, formed earlier this year. Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, who leads the Belizean national police department, signed the agreement in Washington, D.C., on … Continue reading Belize Enters Agreement with the Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit

Human Trafficking Victim Services Expert Joins Institute Team

By: TAYLOR KING Marie Martinez Israelite is the most recent expert to join the Human Trafficking Institute’s deep bench of experienced anti-trafficking professionals. As the Director of Victim Services, she will develop critical relationships with law enforcement officers, prosecutors, government officials, and victim services providers to build upon the Institute’s model of a trauma-informed approach … Continue reading Human Trafficking Victim Services Expert Joins Institute Team

Febrey Cited in News Report about California

By: MOLLY WICKER Annick Febrey, Director of Government and Corporate Relations was cited by Visalia Times Delta on October 22 in a news article about the prevalence of human trafficking in California. “California is leading the way on labor trafficking, in terms of cases filed,” Febrey said. “Those cases take time – two-thirds as long.” … Continue reading Febrey Cited in News Report about California