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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

Institute Partners with Wake Forest for “Combatting Human Trafficking” Symposium

Founding Directors Victor Boutros and John Richmond, a 1998 graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law, partnered with the Wake Forest Law Review to present, “Combatting Human Trafficking: Current Trends and Cutting Edge Issues,” on Friday, Oct. 28, in the Worrell Professional Center at Wake Forest. Richmond led a session called, “2016 Federal Human … Continue reading Institute Partners with Wake Forest for “Combatting Human Trafficking” Symposium

Institute Founding Director Leads Workshop at UNODC-South Africa Seminar

The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, Regional Office for Southern Africa (UNODC-ROSAF) hosted a seminar on the Prosecution of Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases Oct. 10-13, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Institute Founding Director John Richmond led a workshop called “Good practice: Prosecution Strategy in TIP cases” for participants on Oct. 10. … Continue reading Institute Founding Director Leads Workshop at UNODC-South Africa Seminar

The Institute Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court against Backpage.com. (Click here to read the Supreme Court brief.) The case involves three minor sex trafficking victims in Massachusetts whose traffickers sold on Backpage.com. As former federal human trafficking prosecutors, the Institute was asked to speak into the unique legal issues … Continue reading The Institute Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court