Founding Director John Richmond recently returned from a visit to Belize where he met with government officials, prosecutors, and nonprofit organizations working to fight trafficking in this country.
By: JOHN COTTON RICHMOND “The Root Cause of Human Trafficking is Traffickers.” Some might wonder, “How can someone make this statement? After all, aren’t there many interconnected causes of human trafficking?” People might argue that poverty, lack of education, immigration policy, environmental conditions, fractured families, and a lack of good job opportunities are the real … Continue reading The Root Cause of Trafficking is Traffickers
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!
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
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
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
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 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