#InContext: Barack Obama

By: REBECCA JUN On January 4, 2010, President Barack Obama made a Presidential Proclamation, declaring January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month. “I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the vital role we can play in ending modern slavery.” By marking this month 10 years ago, Obama encouraged Americans … Continue reading #InContext: Barack Obama

#InContext: Alexander Hamilton

By: ZACHARY BUCHANAN The hit musical Hamilton is a pop culture sensation that spotlights the Founding Fathers’ early decision for the nation—the good, the bad, and the ugly. The show skirts a bit around the slavery debate (Thomas Jefferson makes one nod to “Sally, dear,” referencing Sally Hemings), but creator Lin-Manuel Miranda addresses the slavery … Continue reading #InContext: Alexander Hamilton

#InContext: Pauli Murray

By: RACHEL GEISSLER Unsung heroine of the civil rights movement and lifelong champion of human rights, Anna Pauline “Pauli” Murray penned the words to her poem “Prophecy” in 1969. As a black woman born in America in 1910, she battled barriers to education and inclusion at every turn. For Murray, the decision to challenge oppression … Continue reading #InContext: Pauli Murray

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

#InContext: Karl Marx

By: RACHEL UNGAR Karl Marx sought to reform what he viewed as the most serious problem of his era: the poverty and exploitation of the working class. Through his efforts to understand the causes underlying these societal ills, Marx developed a theory of history known as economic determinism: that contemporary societies take their shape, or … Continue reading #InContext: Karl Marx

Douglass Fellows Mentor Joins Department of Justice

By: Molly Wicker Betsy Hutson, a Douglass Fellows mentor and experienced prosecutor, recently announced that she will join the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit in the Civil Rights Division, Criminal Section. She will be a trial attorney. Most recently, Hutson worked for McGuire Woods, where she led the team that won the largest civil single-plaintiff human … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Mentor Joins Department of Justice

Institute CEO Speaks at UVA Darden

BY: MOLLY WICKER Victor Boutros, Institute CEO, spoke to Executive MBA students at the University of Virginia’s D.C. Darden School of Business campus. The talk, which focused on the economics of human trafficking, provided students with an opportunity to apply what they recently learned about Global Economies and Markets (GEM) and Operations, including supply chain. … Continue reading Institute CEO Speaks at UVA Darden

Regent University School of Law Cites Institute

By: MOLLY WICKER In a recent article analyzing the outcomes of the 2019 Trafficking in Persons Report, Regent University School of Law Professor S. Ernie Walton cites the Human Trafficking Institute’s partnership with Uganda as a key factor in the country’s continued progress. “With this partnership,” Walton writes, “a well-functioning justice system, various other measures … Continue reading Regent University School of Law Cites Institute

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