John Freeman Joins Institute as New Director of Law Enforcement Operations

By: KELLI L. ROSS John Freeman joined the Institute as the new Director of Law Enforcement Operations on August 17. He brings 21 years of experience with the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), U.S. Department of State, where he retired in July 2020. As the Director of Law Enforcement Operations, John will co-lead the Institute’s programs … Continue reading John Freeman Joins Institute as New Director of Law Enforcement Operations

Institute Welcomes 4th Class of Douglass Fellows

By: KELLI L. ROSS The Human Trafficking Institute welcomed it’s fourth class of Douglass Fellows with a virtual orientation on August 20-21. Four third-year law students from some of the nation’s top law programs will participate in the 8-month public service fellowship named in honor of Frederick Douglass and his commitment to freedom, education, and … Continue reading Institute Welcomes 4th Class of Douglass Fellows

2019-20 Douglass Fellows Celebrate with Virtual Finale

By: KELLI L. ROSS The 2019-20 Douglass Fellows Finale looked slightly different than previous year-end celebrations. Due to COVID-19, this year’s Fellows class marked the end of their fellowship with a virtual event in April. And, while their second semester was altered, their accomplishments were not diminished. “We recognized the fellows for their contributions over … Continue reading 2019-20 Douglass Fellows Celebrate with Virtual Finale

Special Counsel Assists in Properly Charging UPDF Officer with Aggravated Trafficking in Children

By: KELLI L. ROSS Tyler Dunman, the Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda, recently assisted in getting a Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) officer properly charged with the first-ever Aggravated Trafficking in Children charge to be filed in Kabale District. In mid-June, the UPDF officer was arrested and charged after abducting and sexually exploiting a 16-year-old … Continue reading Special Counsel Assists in Properly Charging UPDF Officer with Aggravated Trafficking in Children

The Institute’s 2019 Annual Report is now available

By: KELLI L. ROSS The 2019 Annual Report provides an overview of the Institute’s mission and strategy for decimating trafficking, as well as including exciting highlights and milestones from the past year. In 2019, remarkable progress was made in Uganda and Belize. In Uganda, the government created a specialized Human Trafficking Department within the Ugandan … Continue reading The Institute’s 2019 Annual Report is now available

Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Two Cases in Uganda

By: KELLI L. ROSS Trafficking cases continue to move through the justice pipeline in Uganda, where the Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda Tyler Dunman is supporting of the work of police, prosecutors, and non-governmental partners in the country. In the midst of stay-at-orders, Dunman has continued to assist and advise government officials in the charging … Continue reading Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Two Cases in Uganda

Institute Publishes Resource on Prosecution-led Investigations in Uganda

By: ALYSSA CURRIER This month, the Institute published a Best Practices for Prosecution-led Trafficking in Persons Investigations in Uganda field manual for justice sector professionals who are investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes in Uganda. The new resource focuses on how to conduct “prosecution-led investigations,” which is a collaborative enforcement approach. “Prosecution-led investigative strategies are … Continue reading Institute Publishes Resource on Prosecution-led Investigations in Uganda

Report Reveals Increase in Criminal & Civil Human Trafficking Suits Brought Against Hotel Chains in 2019

By: KELLI L. ROSS The 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report, which was released on May 26, revealed an increase in both criminal and civil human trafficking suits brought against hotel chains in 2019. The Report, a project of the Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and … Continue reading Report Reveals Increase in Criminal & Civil Human Trafficking Suits Brought Against Hotel Chains in 2019

Federal Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 606 Criminal Human Trafficking Cases in 2019

By: KELLI L. ROSS The 2019 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released today on the Human Trafficking Institute’s website. The Report, a project of the Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year. In 2019, there were … Continue reading Federal Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 606 Criminal Human Trafficking Cases in 2019