#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

Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu Awarded Skadden Fellowship

Cory Sagduyu, a 2017-18 Douglass Fellow and third-year University of Virginia School of Law student, has been awarded the Skadden Fellowship. This program will fund her first two years working as an attorney for Ayuda, a nonprofit organization that assists immigrant victims of workplace crimes or labor exploitation. Sagduyu will provide both immigration and employment … Continue reading Douglass Fellow Cory Sagduyu Awarded Skadden Fellowship

#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

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: 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

#InContext: Eleanor Roosevelt

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Anna Eleanor Roosevelt, niece of Theodore Roosevelt, was born to prominent parents in New York City on October 11, 1884. Her family life was complicated, with an alcoholic father and disapproving mother who criticized her appearance and seriousness. Both of her parents died before she was 10, leaving her in the care … Continue reading #InContext: Eleanor Roosevelt

Boutros Featured on Vocation & the Common Good Podcast

Institute Founding Director Victor Boutros was featured on New City Commons’ podcast Vocation & the Common Good, Volume 102, on Jan. 31, 2018. Vocation & the Common Good is a multi-year research project describing the possibilities for Christian faithfulness within nine spheres of modern work. The podcast is one way of distributing the findings of … Continue reading Boutros Featured on Vocation & the Common Good Podcast