Human Trafficking Victim Services Expert Joins Institute Team

By: TAYLOR KING Marie Martinez Israelite is the most recent expert to join the Human Trafficking Institute’s deep bench of experienced anti-trafficking professionals. As the Director of Victim Services, she will develop critical relationships with law enforcement officers, prosecutors, government officials, and victim services providers to build upon the Institute’s model of a trauma-informed approach … Continue reading Human Trafficking Victim Services Expert Joins Institute Team

Accelerating Progress to Combat Human Trafficking Through the First-Ever Global Academy

By: KELLI L. ROSS A specialized cohort of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and social workers from Belize, South Africa, and Uganda convened on October 15, outside Washington, D.C., for the first-ever Global Human Trafficking Academy. The Academy, hosted and conducted by The Human Trafficking Institute, is a unique opportunity to accelerate a country’s progress toward … Continue reading Accelerating Progress to Combat Human Trafficking Through the First-Ever Global Academy

Institute Visits Guatemala to Gain Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS The Institute’s Special Counsel in Belize Dave Fillingame and former Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu recently visited Guatemala to learn about this Central American country’s existing anti-trafficking framework as well as gain insight on ways in which Belize and Guatemala can partner in their efforts to fight trafficking. “Since Belize and Guatemala are … Continue reading Institute Visits Guatemala to Gain Insight on Country’s Anti-Trafficking Framework

Boutros Discusses Efforts to Fight Trafficking in Belize on CSIS Podcast

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) podcast 35 West, hosted by Richard Miles, featured Founding Director Victor Boutros on its Nov. 16, 2017 episode, “Traffic Jam: Belize Struggles to Combat the Sex Trade.” Last year, Belize landed on the lowest rung of the Trafficking in Person’s (TIP) report – for the third year … Continue reading Boutros Discusses Efforts to Fight Trafficking in Belize on CSIS Podcast

5 Key Takeaways from the Belize Judiciary Trafficking in Persons Conference

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS BELIZE CITY, BELIZE – Belize judges clearly and collectively made known their intent to join the fight against modern slavery last week when they gathered in Belize City for the Belize Judiciary Trafficking in Persons Conference. More than 80 percent of Belize’s magistrate and Supreme Court justices attended the Institute-led event that … Continue reading 5 Key Takeaways from the Belize Judiciary Trafficking in Persons Conference

Belize Officials to Convene for Judicial Training

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS BELIZE CITY, BELIZE–Belize judges will gather this Friday to improve their knowledge and management of Trafficking in Persons cases. Every magistrate judge and Supreme Court Justice in the country is invited to attend. At the request of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Belize, The Human Trafficking Institute will facilitate … Continue reading Belize Officials to Convene for Judicial Training

Belize Officials Seek Victim-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Work

BY: JONATHAN ROBERTS Belize City, Belize — More than 75 Belize government officials gathered earlier this month to improve victim-centered techniques in anti-trafficking investigations. They received training from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations on forensic interviewing for victims of human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Institute, in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, … Continue reading Belize Officials Seek Victim-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Work

Experienced Human Trafficking Attorney Joins Institute in Belize

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS This month, New York attorney Dave Fillingame began his year-long position with the Institute as Special Counsel on Trafficking in Persons (TIP) cases in Belize. This marks the Institute’s first legal professional to be based in Belize. In this role, Fillingame will be working with government officials and non-government organizations engaged in anti-trafficking … Continue reading Experienced Human Trafficking Attorney Joins Institute in Belize

Institute Hosts Belize Delegation in Washington, D.C.

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS The Human Trafficking Institute welcomed a delegation from Belize to Washington, D.C. on August 16-17, for an anti-trafficking roundtable. The two-day event focused on approaches to combat human trafficking in Belize and provided the opportunity to exchange best practices. It consisted of meetings with the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of … Continue reading Institute Hosts Belize Delegation in Washington, D.C.