Director of Victim Services Cited on Labor Trafficking in DAME Magazine

In DAME Magazine’s recent article, How the Pandemic has Affected Survivors of Human Trafficking, the Institute’s Director of Victim Services, Marie Martinez Israelite, commented on the pervasiveness of labor trafficking within the U.S. The article describes how the economic instability brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the already-challenging financial situations of trafficking survivors … Continue reading Director of Victim Services Cited on Labor Trafficking in DAME Magazine

Director of Victim Services Debunks Trafficking Myths in Darling Article

In a December 17 Darling article, Fight the Fallacies: An Anti-Human Trafficking Expert’s Take on QAnon, Marie Martinez Israelite, Director of Victim Services, debunks a few of the most common falsehoods about human trafficking. Like many others in the anti-trafficking movement, I’m fired up after months of being bombarded with misinformation spread by QAnon about … Continue reading Director of Victim Services Debunks Trafficking Myths in Darling Article

Darling Magazine Features Institute in Its ‘Nonprofit Spotlight’ Series

This month, Darling magazine highlights the Institute in its ‘Nonprofit Spotlight,’ a series that shines a light on nonprofits doing impactful work on the ground level. The article features an interview with Marie Martinez Israelite, the Institute’s Director of Victim Services. Darling got to chat with Marie about her role at The Human Trafficking Institute … Continue reading Darling Magazine Features Institute in Its ‘Nonprofit Spotlight’ Series

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

Israelite Featured in Bucknell Alumni Magazine

By: MOLLY WICKER The Institute’s Director of Victim Services, Marie Martinez Israelite, was featured in the spring issue of Bucknell University’s alumni magazine. Israelite, who graduated from Bucknell in 2000, has worked in a variety of capacities where she honed she expertise in victims services work. In her role at the Institute, Israelite is responsible … Continue reading Israelite Featured in Bucknell Alumni Magazine

Global Human Trafficking Academy Cohort Tackles Fictional Live-Action Trafficking Case

By: TAYLOR KING “Throughout the next two weeks, you will be taking on your own human trafficking case. You will gather evidence, interview a human trafficking survivor, find other witnesses, decide what suspects to charge and end with a mock trial,” explained David Fillingame, Institute Special Counsel in Belize, as he introduced the Global Human … Continue reading Global Human Trafficking Academy Cohort Tackles Fictional Live-Action Trafficking Case

Academy Attendees Learn About Systems-Based Victim Advocacy

By: MOLLY WICKER For victims of human trafficking, there is no shortage of services that need to be provided to account for all aspects of recovery. In many cases, these services come from two places: either systems-based or community-based. Systems-based victim services provide a different way of approaching the services sector within human trafficking while … Continue reading Academy Attendees Learn About Systems-Based Victim Advocacy

Belize Enters Agreement with the Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit

By: KELLI L. ROSS and TAYLOR KING The Belize Police Department and the Human Trafficking Institute entered into an agreement to partner in building the capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit, formed earlier this year. Commissioner of Police Allen Whylie, who leads the Belizean national police department, signed the agreement in Washington, D.C., on … Continue reading Belize Enters Agreement with the Institute to Enhance the Capacity of Belize’s Specialized Human Trafficking Unit

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