Reflecting on Uganda: Looking Away Cannot Be An Option

By: MARGARET MURRAY Uganda, to me, is a striking dichotomy: the richest land inhabited by some of the most impoverished people. My thoughts flash to one particular excursion across the country as Tony, our van driver, skillfully swerved through an unending plethora of pot-holes. Across the rural countryside, “The Pearl of Africa’s” rich soil gives … Continue reading Reflecting on Uganda: Looking Away Cannot Be An Option

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

Human Trafficking Expert Annick Febrey Joins The Institute

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS McLean, VA — Annick Febrey recently joined the Institute as Director of Government and Corporate Relations. In this position, she will serve as a bridge between the Institute’s work overseas and the U.S. government. In particular, she will build relationships with members of Congress and provide them with updates on what is … Continue reading Human Trafficking Expert Annick Febrey Joins The Institute

Ugandan TIP Training Concludes with Call for Trauma-Informed Approach

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS There is reason for continued optimism in the fight against human trafficking in Uganda. The Honorable The Chief Justice of Uganda Bart M. Katureebe called together more than 140 high-level judicial officers, prosecutors, law enforcement, and other leaders for a two-day Trafficking in Persons (TIP) training on March 15-16, in Kampala. The … Continue reading Ugandan TIP Training Concludes with Call for Trauma-Informed Approach

Belize Officials Seek Victim-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Work

BY: JONATHAN ROBERTS Belize City, Belize — More than 75 Belize government officials gathered earlier this month to improve victim-centered techniques in anti-trafficking investigations. They received training from the U.S. Embassy and U.S. Homeland Security Investigations on forensic interviewing for victims of human trafficking. The Human Trafficking Institute, in coordination with U.S. Homeland Security Investigations, … Continue reading Belize Officials Seek Victim-Centered Approach to Anti-Trafficking Work

#InContext: Helen Keller

BY: MEAGHAN NEWKIRK Helen Keller was born a normal, healthy baby girl, in Tuscumbia, Alabama, on June 27, 1880. Tragedy struck when, at 19 months old, she suffered a severe illness that left her both blind and deaf. As a young child, Helen learned to express basic commands, but over time she grew frustrated with … Continue reading #InContext: Helen Keller

#InContext: J.R.R. Tolkien

By: KATHERINE CAREY J.R.R. Tolkien, the author of the well-known trilogy The Lord of the Rings, exemplified leading a meaningful life, even in the face of adversity. Both Tolkien’s personal life and his celebrated books epitomize that lesson. Born in 1892, Tolkien suffered a difficult childhood. His father passed away when Tolkien was only four, … Continue reading #InContext: J.R.R. Tolkien

Human Rights Lawyer Becomes Institute’s First Embedded Expert in Uganda

By: JONATHAN ROBERTS This week, human rights lawyer Tanima Kishore began her year-long position with the Institute as Special Counsel to Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). This marks the Institute’s first embedded expert to work in Uganda. In this role, Kishore will be based in Kampala, assist the ODPP on all trafficking cases in … Continue reading Human Rights Lawyer Becomes Institute’s First Embedded Expert in Uganda

Shining a Spotlight on Willow International

The Institute is launching a new SPOTLIGHT series in which we are highlighting organizations who are taking bold steps in the fight against trafficking. Our first spotlight features WILLOW INTERNATIONAL. A nonprofit working to end human trafficking in Uganda through restoration, partnership, and prevention. Willow International provides individualized case management services for minor and adult … Continue reading Shining a Spotlight on Willow International