Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

On August 9, 2021, a federal appeals court agreed with HTI’s recommendations submitted last year in an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief, or a legal document providing third-party assistance and background to the court. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia upheld a 121-month prison sentence for Alvero Valdez, who … Continue reading Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

Institute Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Favor of Lower Court’s Restitution Award

By: MOLLY WICKER The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed an amicus curiae brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit in a case against an Oklahoma man convicted of sex trafficking for purchasing commercial sex from children (read the full brief here). On appeal is whether the defendant, Curtis Anthony, can be … Continue reading Institute Files Amicus Curiae Brief in Favor of Lower Court’s Restitution Award

The Institute Files Amicus Brief with 8th Circuit Court

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS MCLEAN, VA—The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit in support of the defendant, who employed a victim-centered approach to a human trafficking investigation. (Click here to read the 8th Circuit brief.) The case involves six plaintiffs who allege that the … Continue reading The Institute Files Amicus Brief with 8th Circuit Court

The Institute Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court

The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court against Backpage.com. (Click here to read the Supreme Court brief.) The case involves three minor sex trafficking victims in Massachusetts whose traffickers sold on Backpage.com. As former federal human trafficking prosecutors, the Institute was asked to speak into the unique legal issues … Continue reading The Institute Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court