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