The Selma to Montgomery March of 1965 occurred the year after the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which did far less to improve the lives of oppressed African Americans than many of them had hoped. In King’s own words at the march, “The Civil Rights Act of 1964 gave Negroes some part of their rightful … Continue reading #InContext: Theodore Parker & Martin Luther King Jr.
Founding Directors John Cotton Richmond and Victor Boutros recently discussed the Human Trafficking Institute with Dr. Sandra Morgan and Dave Stachowiak at Vanguard University’s Global Center for Women and Justice. Morgan and Stachowiak ask three questions that fall into anti-human trafficking strategies: 1. How do we make people less vulnerable to traffickers? 2. How do … Continue reading Podcast: How do we stop traffickers?
Over 200,000 demonstrators joined Martin Luther King, Jr. for the March on Washington on August 28, 1963. The main event was King’s “I Have a Dream…” speech in which he boldly called Americans to “make real the promises of democracy.” Up until then they had not been real. Not for black Americans. One hundred years … Continue reading #InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.
By: TAKIM WILLIAMS Between 1640 and 1807, Great Britain was the largest supplier of slaves in the New World, responsible for transporting over 3 million Africans (many of whom died on the way) to its colonies in the Caribbean and the Americas. By the time William Wilberforce was elected to Parliament in 1780, the Triangle … Continue reading #InContext: William Wilberforce
This month, we are thrilled to partner with Songs Against Slavery. Through music, this Nashville-based nonprofit empowers and inspires communities to join the fight against human trafficking in the United States. Songs Against Slavery raises awareness and funds through benefit concerts and partnerships with musicians. They are led by Co-Founders Lauren Lancaster and Grace Theisen, … Continue reading Partnering with Songs Against Slavery During Human Trafficking Awareness Month
On September 25, 2012, President Barack Obama addressed attendees at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York. His remarks focused on human trafficking, in which he publicly called it modern slavery. This was the first time a sitting President had given a speech dedicated to slavery since Abraham Lincoln. And today, I want … Continue reading #InContext: President Barack Obama
On January 1, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation as the United States neared its third year of civil war. The proclamation declared “that all persons held as slaves” within the rebellious states “are, and henceforward shall be free.” Click here to read the entire Proclamation. Until that point, the North and South … Continue reading #InContext: The Emancipation Proclamation
The Human Trafficking Institute recently filed a brief in the U.S. Supreme Court against Backpage.com. (Click here to read the Supreme Court brief.) The case involves three minor sex trafficking victims in Massachusetts whose traffickers sold on Backpage.com. As former federal human trafficking prosecutors, the Institute was asked to speak into the unique legal issues … Continue reading The Institute Files Amicus Brief with U.S. Supreme Court