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The Root Cause of Trafficking is Traffickers

By: JOHN COTTON RICHMOND “The Root Cause of Human Trafficking is Traffickers.” Some might wonder, “How can someone make this statement? After all, aren’t there many interconnected causes of human trafficking?” People might argue that poverty, lack of education, immigration policy, environmental conditions, fractured families, and a lack of good job opportunities are the real … Continue reading The Root Cause of Trafficking is Traffickers

Podcast: How do we stop traffickers?

Founding Directors John Cotton Richmond and Victor Boutros recently discussed the Human Trafficking Institute with Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak at Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice. Morgan and Stachowiak ask three questions that fall into anti-human trafficking strategies: 1. How do we make people less vulnerable to traffickers? 2. How do … Continue reading Podcast: How do we stop traffickers?

Every Gift – Up To $400,000 – Matched Thanks To Generous Donor!

MCLEAN, VIRGINIA – Today, the Human Trafficking Institute is announcing a $400,000 matching gift opportunity. Thanks to a generous family donation, every gift will be matched, dollar for dollar. By participating, you help double the Institute’s impact in combating trafficking! When deciding to make this investment in the work of the Human Trafficking Institute, the … Continue reading Every Gift – Up To $400,000 – Matched Thanks To Generous Donor!

President Obama Makes Proclamation for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

On December 28, President Barack Obama released a proclamation naming January “National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.” Our Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart — its fundamental notion in direct contradiction with our founding premise that we are all created equal. The courageous individuals who … Continue reading President Obama Makes Proclamation for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Partnering with Songs Against Slavery During Human Trafficking Awareness Month

This month, we are thrilled to partner with Songs Against Slavery. Through music, this Nashville-based nonprofit empowers and inspires communities to join the fight against human trafficking in the United States. Songs Against Slavery raises awareness and funds through benefit concerts and partnerships with musicians. They are led by Co-Founders Lauren Lancaster and Grace Theisen, … Continue reading Partnering with Songs Against Slavery During Human Trafficking Awareness Month

UNODC releases 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Today, the UNODC – United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime released its 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons. The report states that “children make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide. Additionally, women and girls comprise 71 percent of human trafficking victims.” UNODC Executive Director Yury Fedotov “stressed that more … Continue reading UNODC releases 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons

Boutros Co-Authors “The Locust Effect” with Gary Haugen

Founding Director Victor Boutros co-authored The Washington Post Bestseller The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford Press) with Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission. Beneath the surface of the world’s poorest communities, common violence — including rape, forced labor, illegal detention, land theft, police abuse and other … Continue reading Boutros Co-Authors “The Locust Effect” with Gary Haugen

Richmond Participates in Expert Meeting on Human Trafficking at United Nations

The United Nations invited more than 20 human trafficking experts from around the globe gathered in Vienna, Austria, on Nov. 10-11, 2016, to participate in the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) Expert Group Meeting. Institute Founding Director John Richmond was one of the participants. Experts in attendance represented Armenia, Australia, Djibouti, France, … Continue reading Richmond Participates in Expert Meeting on Human Trafficking at United Nations