Richmond Magazine Features Institute in “Cider for Change” Article

Richmond magazine highlighted the Institute in its “Cider for Change” article on March 28. The article focuses on the “In Plain Sight” awareness dinner, which was held in Richmond, Virginia, on March 27, to shed light on human trafficking in the service industry. Institute Founding Director John Richmond was the featured speaker.

“Trafficking is exploding around the world,” Richmond said. “We think of it as something that happened historically, things of yesteryears. It’s going on all over, and right here. This is an economic crime, and the traffickers are motivated not by hate, but by money.”

Courtney Mailey, owner of Blue Bee Cider, the only completely female-owned craft beverage producer in Richmond, and Brittanny Anderson of Brenner Pass and Metzger Bar & Butchery and the James Beard Award semifinalist chef, hosted the five-course dinner and cider pairing. Click here to read the complete article.

Pictured (l to r) John Richmond, Courtney Mailey, and Linda Richmond.

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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.