The U.S. Embassy in Belize announced the Institute as one of four recipients of the 2020 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grant on October 27, 2020. Theses grants support good governance, using civil society engagement to strengthen government effectiveness. The United States has invested more than $44 million (USD) since 2008 through CARSI to fund programs to support justice initiatives, at-risk youth, good governance, and citizen security in Belize. Click here to read the complete article.
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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