Partnering with Songs Against Slavery During Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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, who first met Institute Co-Founding Director John Richmond in 2013.

“After this initial meeting, we stayed in touch with John, and he advised us on our work from time to time,” Lancaster reflects. “And truthfully he is the reason that we so deeply believe in The Human Trafficking Institute. From the first time he told us he would be leaving the Department of Justice to launch the Institute with Victor Boutros until now, we have been on board with our support.”

“John’s extensive experience in fighting trafficking along with Victor, the entire team, and advisers is what we believe to be the dream team to help end human trafficking in a huge way,” Lancaster continues. “From personal experience, research, and proven results, we know The Human Trafficking Institute is going to break down walls that have prevented the fight against trafficking from moving forward. Therefore, we could not wait to help The Human Trafficking Institute in whatever way possible.”

During January, Songs Against Slavery is supporting the Human Trafficking Institute with a special fundraising campaign. Thanks to a generous donor, all gifts will be matched – dollar for dollar – up to $400,000! Click here to learn more.

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Kelli Ross

Kelli Ross

Kelli’s 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.