#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: JOHANNA LEE “Pulling the branch of a tree” — this is the literal English translation of Nelson Mandela’s Xhosa birth name, Rolihlahla. While Mandela proclaimed he did not believe that names are destiny, Rolihlahla—colloquially translated to mean “troublemaker” — seems to be a suitable name for a child who would grow up to be … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

#InContext: Robert F. Kennedy

By: CHRISTIN VIVONA Robert Francis “Bobby” Kennedy was born on November 20, 1925 in Brookline, Massachusetts to a tight-knit, Irish-American family. He was the seventh of nine children born to Joseph and Rose Kennedy. Bobby served in the U.S. Navy during World War II, then went back to school to earn his degree in government … Continue reading #InContext: Robert F. Kennedy

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: Ariana Hadden The concept of struggle for humanity is a common trope endured by many individuals in the world, and Nelson Mandela is no exception. Born on July 18, 1918, Mandela grew up in South Africa and into a way of life that was vulnerable to segregation coupled with racism, eventually leading him to … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

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

#InContext: Gandhi

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Mahatma (“the great soul”) Gandhi exemplifies the power of a peaceful leader. Born Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi in 1869, Gandhi grew up in a home filled with tradition. His mother raised him in  Vaishnavism, a Hindu sect that practiced vegetarianism, nonviolence, and fasting. These principles Gandhi learned as a child would guide him … Continue reading #InContext: Gandhi

#InContext: Nelson Mandela

By: MEGAN ABRAMEIT Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela is perhaps one of the 20th century’s greatest symbols of revolutionary peace. Mandela was born July 18, 1918, in Mvezo, South Africa. Even as a young person, Mandela must have shown a propensity for rebellion— the name Rolihlahla literally translates to “troublemaker.” His father, Henry Mandela, passed away from … Continue reading #InContext: Nelson Mandela

United Nations Asks Human Trafficking Institute to Train South African Prosecutors

The Human Trafficking Institute recently provided specialized training on behalf of the United Nations to a group of prosecutors from South Africa’s National Prosecuting Authority. The training, funded by the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime and held in South Africa’s capital, was part of the Palermo Protocol project, which provides legal and technical … Continue reading United Nations Asks Human Trafficking Institute to Train South African Prosecutors

#InContext: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

By: KELLI L. ROSS Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Mpilo Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, rose to worldwide fame in the 1980s as an opponent of apartheid in South Africa. Tutu was born in Klerksdorp, Transvaal, and was the second of four children of Zacheriah Zililo Tutu, a teacher, and Aletta Tutu, a cleaner and cook at a school for … Continue reading #InContext: Archbishop Desmond Tutu

#InContext: Gandhi

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, known as Mahatma meaning “Great Soul,” was born in 1869 to an elite family in northwest India. Influenced by Jainism, his mother taught him the virtues of tolerance, non-violence, and simple living that would reappear later in his political campaigns. In direct defiance of the elders of his caste, Gandhi left India … Continue reading #InContext: Gandhi