The Institute’s 2019 Annual Report is now available

By: KELLI L. ROSS The 2019 Annual Report provides an overview of the Institute’s mission and strategy for decimating trafficking, as well as including exciting highlights and milestones from the past year. In 2019, remarkable progress was made in Uganda and Belize. In Uganda, the government created a specialized Human Trafficking Department within the Ugandan … Continue reading The Institute’s 2019 Annual Report is now available

Belize Celebrates Second Conviction Ever Under 2013 TIP Act

By: MOLLY WICKER Belize recently celebrated its second conviction ever under its 2013 Trafficking in Persons Act. On March 10, a jury unanimously found the defendant, Rosa Anita Garcia Julian, guilty of two counts of human trafficking. This was both the first human trafficking trial, and the first conviction in Belize, since 2016. The case was based on an investigation that … Continue reading Belize Celebrates Second Conviction Ever Under 2013 TIP Act

The Institute and Belize Police Department Conduct Trainings to Identify Potential Victims of Trafficking

By: REBECCA JUN The Human Trafficking Institute partnered with the Belize Police Department to conduct Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Identification and Referral trainings at the Belize Central Prison in Hattieville, 15 miles southwest of Belize City. This series of five trainings began on September 18. Virgilio Murillo, CEO of the Belize prison, called the prison to action … Continue reading The Institute and Belize Police Department Conduct Trainings to Identify Potential Victims of Trafficking

Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS Last month, Cherisse Francis, the Judicial Law Clerk to the designated TIP justice of Belize, attended the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Regional Conference on combatting Trafficking in Persons. The conference was an important learning opportunity for anti-trafficking professionals in Belize and beyond, as it facilitated engagement with regional professionals who … Continue reading Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference

Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS This month, 13 Belizean undergraduate students participated in a human trafficking moot trial at the Supreme Court in Belmopan, Belize. Twelve of these students are enrolled in the Criminal Justice Pathway at Galen University, while one is a student at St. John’s Junior College located in Belize City, Belize. This moot trial, … Continue reading Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial

Institute Cited in Belize Media Coverage on TIP Ranking

By: MOLLY WICKER On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, in which Belize received an improved Tier 2 Watch List ranking. After four consecutive years of receiving a failing grade, the improved ranking demonstrates the country’s committed efforts to training dedicated police officers and prosecutors to … Continue reading Institute Cited in Belize Media Coverage on TIP Ranking

Belize Improves Its U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report Ranking

By: KELLI L. ROSS Yesterday morning, the U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report, which ranks 187 countries on how well they are combatting human trafficking. Countries that receive the lowest ranking are subject to economic sanctions from the United States. This year, Belize received an improved Tier 2 Watch … Continue reading Belize Improves Its U.S. Department of State’s Trafficking in Persons Report Ranking

Human Trafficking Trial Attorney Joins Institute

By: MOLLY WICKER Lindsey Roberson is the most recent expert to join the Human Trafficking Institute’s deep bench of experienced anti-trafficking professionals. As the Senior Legal Counsel, she will work to develop and maintain relationships with government officials in Belize and Uganda, help to establish and support specialized units, conduct legal research, and provide leadership, … Continue reading Human Trafficking Trial Attorney Joins Institute

Judicial Law Clerk Begins Work in Belize with Designated TIP Judge

By: MOLLY WICKER Attorney Cherisse Francis recently started as the Judicial Law Clerk to Justice Antoinette Moore, the Designated Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Justice on the Supreme Court of Belize. In this role, Francis is based in Belize for one year, where she will assist Justice Moore with legal research and writing, and support the … Continue reading Judicial Law Clerk Begins Work in Belize with Designated TIP Judge