Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

On August 9, 2021, a federal appeals court agreed with HTI’s recommendations submitted last year in an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief, or a legal document providing third-party assistance and background to the court. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia upheld a 121-month prison sentence for Alvero Valdez, who … Continue reading Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report

The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report is an annual publication of the Human Trafficking Institute that provides comprehensive data from every federal criminal and civil human trafficking case that United States courts handle each year. For the first time, the 2020 Report compiles data from every federal human trafficking prosecution since 2000, the year the … Continue reading 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report

HTI Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 579 Human Trafficking Cases in 2020

The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released today on our website. The Report, a project of HTI, is a continuation of HTI’s efforts to provide comprehensive and objective data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year. For the first time, the 2020 Report compiles data from every … Continue reading HTI Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 579 Human Trafficking Cases in 2020

Celebrating International Women’s Day with Survivor Leader Shamere McKenzie

To celebrate International Women’s Day this year, our team highlighted the accomplishments of a woman survivor leader working in the anti-trafficking field. We were thrilled to host Shamere McKenzie for a live conversation on Instagram to discuss her work as the CEO of the Sun Gate Foundation and what being a woman in the anti-trafficking … Continue reading Celebrating International Women’s Day with Survivor Leader Shamere McKenzie

Douglass Fellows Launch Trafficking Matters Podcast

By: KELLI L. ROSS From the Human Trafficking Institute’s Douglass Fellows comes the Trafficking Matters podcast. In each episode, listeners will hear from Douglass Fellows Samantha Franks and Alicen Rodolph as they speak with those who are working to decimate human trafficking. In Episode 1, “Human Trafficking Myths & Legends,” Rodolph and Franks unpack myths … Continue reading Douglass Fellows Launch Trafficking Matters Podcast

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

An Open Letter: Freedom Needs Truth

Freedom Needs Truth is a coalition of organizations, including the Human Trafficking Institute, dedicated to fighting human trafficking, who are warning about the dangers posed by QAnon conspiracy theories. On October 21, 2020, Freedom Needs Truth posted an open letter to Candidates, the Media, Political Parties, and Policymakers. Click here to read the letter.

Special Counsel Assists in Properly Charging UPDF Officer with Aggravated Trafficking in Children

By: KELLI L. ROSS Tyler Dunman, the Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda, recently assisted in getting a Uganda Peoples’ Defence Force (UPDF) officer properly charged with the first-ever Aggravated Trafficking in Children charge to be filed in Kabale District. In mid-June, the UPDF officer was arrested and charged after abducting and sexually exploiting a 16-year-old … Continue reading Special Counsel Assists in Properly Charging UPDF Officer with Aggravated Trafficking in Children

Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Two Cases in Uganda

By: KELLI L. ROSS Trafficking cases continue to move through the justice pipeline in Uganda, where the Institute’s Special Counsel in Uganda Tyler Dunman is supporting of the work of police, prosecutors, and non-governmental partners in the country. In the midst of stay-at-orders, Dunman has continued to assist and advise government officials in the charging … Continue reading Suspected Traffickers Arrested and Charged in Two Cases in Uganda