Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS This month, 13 Belizean undergraduate students participated in a human trafficking moot trial at the Supreme Court in Belmopan, Belize. Twelve of these students are enrolled in the Criminal Justice Pathway at Galen University, while one is a student at St. John’s Junior College located in Belize City, Belize. This moot trial, … Continue reading Belizean students exposed to Trafficking In Persons through Moot Trial

Institute Cited in Belize Media Coverage on TIP Ranking

By: MOLLY WICKER On June 20, 2019, the U.S. Department of State released its annual Trafficking in Persons Report, in which Belize received an improved Tier 2 Watch List ranking. After four consecutive years of receiving a failing grade, the improved ranking demonstrates the country’s committed efforts to training dedicated police officers and prosecutors to … Continue reading Institute Cited in Belize Media Coverage on TIP Ranking

Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases in 2018

By: KELLI L. ROSS WASHINGTON, DC – The 2018 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released April 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. The Report, a project of the Human Trafficking Institute, is a continuation of the Institute’s efforts to provide comprehensive data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal … Continue reading Federal Human Trafficking Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 771 Human Trafficking Cases in 2018

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

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