Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

On August 9, 2021, a federal appeals court agreed with HTI’s recommendations submitted last year in an amicus curiae (or “friend of the court”) brief, or a legal document providing third-party assistance and background to the court. The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia upheld a 121-month prison sentence for Alvero Valdez, who … Continue reading Court Rules Consistently with HTI Amicus on Sentencing Guidelines for Traffickers

UN Special Rapporteur Report Promotes HTI Recommendations

Last week, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons released a report including points HTI recommended in its submission. Douglass Fellow Sam Franks drafted the HTI submission after the Special Rapporteur requested input from civil society groups to incorporate in her report on the non-punishment principle. The non-punishment principle is the concept that … Continue reading UN Special Rapporteur Report Promotes HTI Recommendations

Former Douglass Fellow and Colleague Train Future Anti-Trafficking Leaders at Pepperdine Law

Former Douglass Fellows at the Human Trafficking Institute go on to join an amazing network of alumni working for justice as prosecutors, legal aid providers, educators, and more. Sarah Hamill is one of them. Making the goal of the Institute to equip the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders her own, she began teaching the innovative … Continue reading Former Douglass Fellow and Colleague Train Future Anti-Trafficking Leaders at Pepperdine Law

Officials in All 16 Regions of Uganda Trained on Proper TIP Investigation and Prosecution Procedures

Despite the many challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis, HTI’s Special Counsel in Uganda, Tyler Dunman logged several hundred miles traversing the country to complete numerous trainings for Ugandan criminal justice officials in 2020. From July through November, Dunman conducted trainings for police, prosecutors, and judges in each of the 16 regions of the country. … Continue reading Officials in All 16 Regions of Uganda Trained on Proper TIP Investigation and Prosecution Procedures

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