#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: Lin-Manuel Miranda

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: Lin-Manuel Miranda

#InContext: Agnes Igoye

By: REBECCA JUN Today, there are an estimated 24.9 million victims of human trafficking; that is about three times the population of New York City. While it is important to grasp the millions of lives in this vicious cycle, Agnes Igoye fights for each individual. In an interview with Vital Voices, a non-profit organization that … Continue reading #InContext: Agnes Igoye

#InContext: William Wilberforce

By: ASHLEIGH PELTO William Wilberforce was a nineteenth century British member of Parliament who dedicated his life and political career to the abolition of slavery. He is widely regarded as the “voice of the abolition movement” and his advocacy brought about substantial and lasting change in terms of the slave trade in early 1800s England. … Continue reading #InContext: William Wilberforce

Annick Febrey Cited in Reuters Article About Slave-Made Goods

By: MOLLY WICKER In an article published by Reuters, entitled “U.S. ban on slave-made goods nets tiny fraction of $400 billion threat,” the Institute’s Director of Government and Corporate Relations Annick Febrey share insights into the world of human trafficking within corporate supply chains. Although Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has allocated a few of … Continue reading Annick Febrey Cited in Reuters Article About Slave-Made Goods

#InContext: Harriet Jacobs

By: ARIANA HADDEN For some individuals, freedom is never an option to begin with. They are born into the world without rights, without justice, and without a regard for their dignity. This is the life of Harriet Jacobs. Harriet Ann Jacobs was born into slavery on February 11, 1813 in Edenton, North Carolina. Her father … Continue reading #InContext: Harriet Jacobs

#InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

By: ARIANA HADDEN Known for creating an abolitionist newspaper called The Liberator, which garnered both positive and negative attention, William Lloyd Garrison is considered an American journalistic crusader of his time and one of the most influential people during the early fight to end slavery. Garrison was born on December 10, 1805, in Massachusetts to … Continue reading #InContext: William Lloyd Garrison

Accelerating Progress to Combat Human Trafficking Through the First-Ever Global Academy

By: KELLI L. ROSS A specialized cohort of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and social workers from Belize, South Africa, and Uganda convened on October 15, outside Washington, D.C., for the first-ever Global Human Trafficking Academy. The Academy, hosted and conducted by The Human Trafficking Institute, is a unique opportunity to accelerate a country’s progress toward … Continue reading Accelerating Progress to Combat Human Trafficking Through the First-Ever Global Academy

#InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.

By: RACHEL HEWS On April 12, 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. was sent to a Birmingham, Alabama, jail, where he would spend the following eight days. The cause? Protesting without a permit. At the time, King had been leading the Civil Rights Movement for nearly a decade, with little progress to show. Congress passed the … Continue reading #InContext: Martin Luther King Jr.