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

Institute Publishes Resource on Prosecution-led Investigations in Uganda

By: ALYSSA CURRIER This month, the Institute published a Best Practices for Prosecution-led Trafficking in Persons Investigations in Uganda field manual for justice sector professionals who are investigating and prosecuting human trafficking crimes in Uganda. The new resource focuses on how to conduct “prosecution-led investigations,” which is a collaborative enforcement approach. “Prosecution-led investigative strategies are … Continue reading Institute Publishes Resource on Prosecution-led Investigations in Uganda

Belize Celebrates Second Conviction Ever Under 2013 TIP Act

By: MOLLY WICKER Belize recently celebrated its second conviction ever under its 2013 Trafficking in Persons Act. On March 10, a jury unanimously found the defendant, Rosa Anita Garcia Julian, guilty of two counts of human trafficking. This was both the first human trafficking trial, and the first conviction in Belize, since 2016. The case was based on an investigation that … Continue reading Belize Celebrates Second Conviction Ever Under 2013 TIP Act

Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference

By: CHERISSE FRANCIS Last month, Cherisse Francis, the Judicial Law Clerk to the designated TIP justice of Belize, attended the International Association of Women Judges (IAWJ) Regional Conference on combatting Trafficking in Persons. The conference was an important learning opportunity for anti-trafficking professionals in Belize and beyond, as it facilitated engagement with regional professionals who … Continue reading Judicial Law Clerk Presents at International Conference

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