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Belize Celebrates Second Conviction Ever Under 2013 TIP Act

By: MOLLY WICKER Belize recently celebrated its second conviction ever under its 2013 Trafficking in Persons Act. On March 10, a jury unanimously found the defendant, Rosa Anita Garcia Julian, guilty of two counts of human trafficking. This was both the first human trafficking trial, and the first conviction in Belize, since 2016. The case was based on an investigation that … Continue reading Belize Celebrates Second Conviction Ever Under 2013 TIP Act

Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-21 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

By: REBECCA JUN Applications for the 2020-21 Douglass Fellowship cohort will be accepted until 11:59pm EST Sunday, May 3, 2020. Inspired by Fredrick Douglass’s commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy, The Human Trafficking Institute provides this opportunity for second- and third-year law students to participate in an eight-month fellowship program focused on developing future leaders in the … Continue reading Now Accepting Applications for the 2020-21 Douglass Fellowship Cohort

Uganda’s National Police Human Trafficking Department Trained to Conduct TIP Investigations

By: REBECCA JUN The Human Trafficking Institute recently partnered with Uganda’s National Police Human Trafficking Department to train 32 members of its Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Department and detectives from border posts around Uganda. This two-day training was held on February 20, at the Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) at Kibuli in Kampala, Uganda. The training … Continue reading Uganda’s National Police Human Trafficking Department Trained to Conduct TIP Investigations

Institute CEO Speaks At Dallas Morning News and University of Dallas Event

Victor Boutros, the Institute’s CEO, spoke at a “Confronting Human Trafficking” event hosted by The Dallas Morning News in collaboration with the University of Dallas on Wednesday, February 26. This event aimed to raise awareness of modern slavery while strengthening the University of Dallas’ role in the community. Other speakers included Texas Attorney General Ken … Continue reading Institute CEO Speaks At Dallas Morning News and University of Dallas Event

Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda Featured in The Dallas Morning News

The Dallas Morning News featured Tyler Dunman, the Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda, in a news story on March 11, 2020, entitled, “A Houston Prosecutor Took His Family to Uganda to Fight Sex Traffickers. It’s Been a Journey of Faith.” The article recounted his family’s decision to move to Uganda, and how he is partnering … Continue reading Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda Featured in The Dallas Morning News

Institute’s Associate Legal Counsel Featured in Northwestern College’s Magazine

By: REBECCA JUN Alyssa Currier, the Institute’s Associate Legal Counsel, was featured in a news story entitled, “Modern Slavery Fighter,” published by Northwestern College’s magazine, the Classic. Currier received a B.A. in political science and Spanish from Northwestern, where she initially considered attending law school and pursuing anti-trafficking work. The article explains how this unfolded … Continue reading Institute’s Associate Legal Counsel Featured in Northwestern College’s Magazine

Douglass Fellow Hosts Advocacy Event “Defending Farmworker Rights in North Carolina” at UNC Law

By: REBECCA JUN As future leaders in the anti-human trafficking movement, the Institute’s Douglass Fellows host an advocacy event at their law school addressing a topic of their choice. Rachel Geissler, a third-year law student at the University of North Caroline Law, hosted her advocacy event, “Defending Farmworker Rights in North Carolina,” on February 4. … Continue reading Douglass Fellow Hosts Advocacy Event “Defending Farmworker Rights in North Carolina” at UNC Law

Institute Featured in Uganda News Media Story

By: REBECCA JUN The Institute was featured in a news story entitled “U.S. Trains CID Detectives in Anti Human Trafficking,” published by Chimp Reports on February 20, 2020. The article reported on a training conducted by Uganda’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Institute for Uganda’s National Police Human Trafficking Department. Click here to read … Continue reading Institute Featured in Uganda News Media Story

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