Podcast: How do we stop traffickers?

Founding Directors John Cotton Richmond and Victor Boutros recently discussed the Human Trafficking Institute with Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak at Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice.

Morgan and Stachowiak ask three questions that fall into anti-human trafficking strategies:
1. How do we make people less vulnerable to traffickers?
2. How do we care for survivors?
3. How do we actually stop the traffickers?

Richmond and Boutros share that in order to stop trafficking, they must start at the root of the problem. It is necessary to have an understanding of the laws and the books, political will to enforce the laws, and the capacity to enforce the law. Boutros explains that the Institute will train specialized units to create a model of prosecutors and agents that are focused on human trafficking cases. This podcast episode challenges listeners to begin to think in innovative ways about how they can stop trafficking at its source. It’s time to learn how to identity the traffickers, not just the victims, in order to be able to stop future exploitation.

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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.