By: REBECCA JUN The Human Trafficking Institute partnered with the Belize Police Department to conduct Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Identification and Referral trainings at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville, 15 miles southwest of Belize City. This series of five trainings began on September 18. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of the Belize prison, called the prison to action … Continue reading The Institute and Belize Police Department Conduct Trainings to Identify Potential Victims of Trafficking
By: MOLLY WICKER The Institute’s third class of Douglass Fellows joined staff for two days of hands-on orientation and training in Washington, D.C. in September. This year’s class had the unique opportunity to not only hear from members of the Institute team, but also from experts in the field, who shared how their legal experience … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Learn from Experts in D.C.
By: MOLLY WICKER This September, the Human Trafficking Institute will welcome seven students from some of the nation’s top law programs for the 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship class. This 8-month public service fellowship is named in honor of Frederick Douglass and his commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy. The Douglass Fellowship provides exceptional law students a … Continue reading The Human Trafficking Institute Selects 2019-20 Douglass Fellowship Class, Announces Mentors
By: CHERISSE FRANCIS Last month, Cherisse Francis, the Judicial Law Clerk to the designated TIP justice of Belize, attended the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Regional Conference on combatting Trafficking in Persons. The conference was an important learning opportunity for anti-trafficking professionals in Belize and beyond, as it facilitated engagement with regional professionals who … Continue reading Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference
By: MOLLY WICKER Our 2018 Annual Report is complete and we are excited to share it with you! Inside these pages, you’ll find an overview of the Institute’s mission and strategy for getting to the root of the problem and decimating trafficking. This year included countless highlights and exciting milestones, including our Global Human Trafficking … Continue reading 2018 Annual Report Now Available
By: CHERISSE FRANCIS This month, 13 Belizean undergraduate students participated in a human trafficking moot trial at the Supreme Court in Belmopan, Belize. Twelve of these students are enrolled in the Criminal Justice Pathway at Galen University, while one is a student at St. John’s Junior College located in Belize City, Belize. This moot trial, … Continue reading Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial
By: KELLI L. ROSS Yesterday morning, the U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which ranks 187 countries on how well they are combatting human trafficking. Countries that receive the lowest ranking are subject to economic sanctions from the United States. This year, Belize received an improved Tier 2 Watch … Continue reading Belize Improves Its U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report Ranking
By: MOLLY WICKER Lindsey Roberson is the most recent expert to join the Human Trafficking Institute’s deep bench of experienced anti-trafficking professionals. As the Senior Legal Counsel, she will work to develop and maintain relationships with government officials in Belize and Uganda, help to establish and support specialized units, conduct legal research, and provide leadership, … Continue reading Human Trafficking Trial Attorney Joins Institute
By: MOLLY WICKER The Institute’s second class of Douglass Fellows completed their nine-month fellowship with a celebration dinner on April 10 at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C. The Fellows, representing seven law schools, were engaged in the Institute’s anti-trafficking work through three key components: 1) Research and Writing; 2) Advocacy; and 3) Mentorship. “This year’s … Continue reading 2018-19 Douglass Fellows Class Celebrated at Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C.