HTI Assists in Trial Resulting in Conviction of Teacher on Human Trafficking Charges

On October 8, 2021, a Ugandan school administrator was found guilty on all charges of child trafficking and given a life sentence. This is the first case in Uganda in which a convicted defendant of child trafficking has been given a life sentence. The defendant had been the headmaster of a boarding school where he … Continue reading HTI Assists in Trial Resulting in Conviction of Teacher on Human Trafficking Charges

HTI and ODPP Celebrate Release of Essential Prosecution Guidelines

This week, our team in Uganda and the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) celebrated the release of a set of guidelines for prosecutors trying human trafficking cases. Our team provided support in writing and crafting the guidelines which will be distributed to prosecutors across the country in upcoming trainings. All prosecutors are expected by the … Continue reading HTI and ODPP Celebrate Release of Essential Prosecution Guidelines

HTI Director of Legal Engagement Provides Insights on Human Trafficking in Supply Chains for Security Magazine

Security magazine recently interviewed Director of Legal Engagement Lindsey Roberson about mitigating risks of human trafficking in supply chains. Lindsey shared insights for companies about proactive identification of possible labor trafficking and prevention of trafficking through supply chain transparency. The article provides recommendations for businesses looking to prevent forced labor being used to create their … Continue reading HTI Director of Legal Engagement Provides Insights on Human Trafficking in Supply Chains for Security Magazine

HTI Welcomes 5th Class of Douglass Fellows from Top Law Schools

On Thursday, September 9th, our 5th class of Douglass Fellows began their orientation and met our team. This year’s fellows come from top law schools throughout the country and have each already shown incredible dedication to combating trafficking. The Douglass Fellows represent the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders working to decimate human trafficking at its … Continue reading HTI Welcomes 5th Class of Douglass Fellows from Top Law Schools

Uganda Police Force Celebrates HTI’s Gift of 2 Vehicles

On Tuesday, August 24th, our team in Uganda participated in a ceremony to hand over two new vehicles to the Uganda Police Force Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) for use in their human trafficking investigations. The vehicles were purchased by HTI after the CID expressed a need for bigger vehicles that would allow them to pursue … Continue reading Uganda Police Force Celebrates HTI’s Gift of 2 Vehicles

Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

On August 9, 2021, a federal appeals court agreed with HTI’s recommendations submitted last year in an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief, or a legal document providing third-party assistance and background to the court. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia upheld a 121-month prison sentence for Alvero Valdez, who … Continue reading Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

UN Special Rapporteur Report Promotes HTI Recommendations

Last week, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons released a report including points HTI recommended in its submission. Douglass Fellow Sam Franks drafted the HTI submission after the Special Rapporteur requested input from civil society groups to incorporate in her report on the non-punishment principle. The non-punishment principle is the concept that … Continue reading UN Special Rapporteur Report Promotes HTI Recommendations

2021 Department of State TIP Report Features HTI Efforts in Uganda

The U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP Report) yesterday. This year, the report featured the efforts of HTI’s team in Uganda to support our government partners to continue combating trafficking despite significant challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. When our team could not support prosecutors and investigators in person … Continue reading 2021 Department of State TIP Report Features HTI Efforts in Uganda

CBS News Interviews HTI CEO on Key Trends in the Enforcement of U.S. Human Trafficking Laws

Following the release of the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report, HTI CEO Victor Boutros spoke with CBS News anchor Anne-Marie Green about trends in the prosecution of human trafficking in the United States over the past two decades.  Boutros spoke about the demographics of victims seen in the Report: “Traffickers often prey on the existing … Continue reading CBS News Interviews HTI CEO on Key Trends in the Enforcement of U.S. Human Trafficking Laws