HTI’s 2020 Annual Report Details Great Progress Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

The Human Trafficking Institute’s 2020 Annual Report details progress made towards implementing the HTI model in Partner Countries Belize and Uganda as well as steps taken by leadership to promote sustainable growth of HTI’s work. In Uganda, HTI achieved remarkable success due to the dedication of its staff on-the-ground who worked to train more police … Continue reading HTI’s 2020 Annual Report Details Great Progress Despite COVID-19 Pandemic

Institute Awarded 2020 CARSI ESF Grant for Belize

The U.S. Embassy in Belize announced the Institute as one of four recipients of the 2020 Central America Regional Security Initiative, Economic Support Fund (CARSI ESF) grant on October 27, 2020. Theses grants support good governance, using civil society engagement to strengthen government effectiveness. The United States has invested more than $44 million (USD) since … Continue reading Institute Awarded 2020 CARSI ESF Grant for Belize

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