#InContext: Henrik Ibsen

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Henrik Ibsen was a revolutionary without ever picking up a sword. He was born March 20, 1828, in Skien, Norway. Gripped by poverty, at age 15, Ibsen moved to a coastal town where he worked as an apothecary’s apprentice and studied to get into university. Even through these busy times, he managed … Continue reading #InContext: Henrik Ibsen

Ugandan TIP Training Concludes with Call for Trauma-Informed Approach

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS There is reason for continued optimism in the fight against human trafficking in Uganda. The Honorable The Chief Justice of Uganda Bart M. Katureebe called together more than 140 high-level judicial officers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other leaders for a two-day Trafficking in Persons (TIP) training on March 15-16, in Kampala. The … Continue reading Ugandan TIP Training Concludes with Call for Trauma-Informed Approach

#InContext: William Faulkner

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT William Faulkner, winner of the 1950 Nobel Prize for Literature, owes a great deal of success to his upbringing. Born William Falkner on September 25, 1897, in New Albany, Mississippi. Faulkner later moved to Oxford, Mississippi, where he drew inspiration for the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, the setting of many of his novels. … Continue reading #InContext: William Faulkner

#InContext: Gandhi

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Mahatma (“the great soul”) Gandhi exemplifies the power of a peaceful leader. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869, Gandhi grew up in a home filled with tradition. His mother raised him in  Vaishnavism, a Hindu sect that practiced vegetarianism, nonviolence, and fasting. These principles Gandhi learned as a child would guide him … Continue reading #InContext: Gandhi

Holly Thompson, 2018 Douglass Fellow, Selected for Summer Position at U.S. Department of Justice

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS WASHINGTON, DC — Holly Thompson, a member of the 2017-2018 Douglass Fellowship cohort, has been selected for a summer position with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. She will work in the Criminal Section of the Department’s Civil Rights Division. After a competitive application process, Thompson learned of her selection … Continue reading Holly Thompson, 2018 Douglass Fellow, Selected for Summer Position at U.S. Department of Justice

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

Celebrating Women Working for Freedom This International Women’s Day

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT and JOHN COTTON RICHMOND Women are leading the charge against human trafficking. Today, on International Women’s Day, the Human Trafficking Institute is highlighting a few of the women who are defenders against the exploitation human traffickers inflict on the vulnerable. These women are different ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds, but they are united … Continue reading Celebrating Women Working for Freedom This International Women’s Day

#InContext: J.K. Rowling

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Despite having two parents in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields, J.K. Rowling, whose given name is Joanne, had a love for books and writing from an early age. Born in Yate, United Kingdom, on July 31, 1965, she wrote her first novel at age 11. Rowling is quoted saying, … Continue reading #InContext: J.K. Rowling

#InContext: Harper Lee

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Nelle Harper Lee was born in Monroeville, Alabama, on April 28, 1926. Her father was a prominent lawyer and member of the state legislature and is said to be the inspiration for beloved character Atticus Finch in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Her mother was mentally ill and rarely left the … Continue reading #InContext: Harper Lee