Victor Boutros, Founding Director of the Human Trafficking Institute (pictured second to the right), and Gary Haugen, CEO of International Justice Mission (pictured on the left), were awarded the 2016 University of Louisville Grawemeyer Award for Ideas Improving World Order for “The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence.” In this book, they explore the theory in which the absence of law enforcement in developing countries undermines the fight against global poverty. To read more, click here.
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Kelli serves as Chief of Staff and Director of Communications at the Human Trafficking Institute. Her background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. View all posts by Kelli Ross