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

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

The Human Trafficking Institute Selects 2018-19 Douglass Fellowship Class, Announces Mentors

By: TAYLOR KING The Human Trafficking Institute selected seven students from some of the nation’s top law programs for the 2018-19 Douglass Fellowship class. This 8-month public service fellowship is named for abolitionist Frederick Douglass and his commitment to freedom, education, and advocacy. The Douglass Fellowship provides exceptional law students a unique opportunity to utilize … Continue reading The Human Trafficking Institute Selects 2018-19 Douglass Fellowship Class, Announces Mentors

Statement of John Cotton Richmond to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

On Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2018, Institute Co-Founding Director John Cotton Richmond went before the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations as the Nominee to be the next U.S. Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons at the U.S. Department of State. His nomination was announced was July 3. Almost two and a half years ago, … Continue reading Statement of John Cotton Richmond to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations

Coordinator of Human Trafficking Cases Named in Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

By: KELLI L. ROSS Justice Mike Chibita, Ugandan Director of Public Prosecutions, recently named Rachel Bikhole, Principal State Attorney, the Coordinator of Human Trafficking Cases in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). In this role, Bikhole will coordinate and supervise all human trafficking cases in Uganda. “I chose Rachel as a focal … Continue reading Coordinator of Human Trafficking Cases Named in Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions

Free the Slaves Supports John Richmond Nomination

By: MOLLY WICKER Free the Slaves supports the nomination of John Cotton Richmond as the Trafficking Ambassador, in a statement released on July 5, 2018. “I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with John for several years,” says FTS Executive Director Maurice Middleberg. “He is an outstanding professional, very thoughtful and unfailingly civil, … Continue reading Free the Slaves Supports John Richmond Nomination

John Cotton Richmond Nominated to be U.S. Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons

By: KELLI L. ROSS MCLEAN, VA – Today, John Cotton Richmond was announced as the nominee to be the next Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons and the Director of the U.S. Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (J/TIP). This office leads the United States’ global engagement against human trafficking and … Continue reading John Cotton Richmond Nominated to be U.S. Ambassador for Trafficking in Persons

Law Enforcement Officials Meet in Seattle for Advanced Human Trafficking Training

By: TAYLOR KING More than 200 law enforcement officials and anti-trafficking advocates recently gathered for an advanced training on human trafficking at the Criminal Justice Training Center in Seattle, Washington. Training topics included current statutes and national trends in human trafficking law, investigation tools, and victim-centered strategies, among others. The Institute’s Co-Founder John Richmond began … Continue reading Law Enforcement Officials Meet in Seattle for Advanced Human Trafficking Training