Statement of John Cotton Richmond to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, Institute Co-Founding Director John Cotton Richmond went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as the Nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. His nomination was announced was July 3.

Almost two and a half years ago, I stepped down from my position at DOJ to launch the Human Trafficking Institute, with other experienced trafficking prosecutors and law enforcement professionals. With a deep bench of talent, the Institute is working on long-term projects to improve the delivery system of justice. My colleagues at the Human Trafficking Institute have graciously encouraged me to appear before you here today and, if confirmed, re-enter public service.

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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.