HTI Welcomes 5th Class of Douglass Fellows from Top Law Schools

On Thursday, September 9th, our 5th class of Douglass Fellows began their orientation and met our team. This year’s fellows come from top law schools throughout the country and have each already shown incredible dedication to combating trafficking. The Douglass Fellows represent the next generation of anti-trafficking leaders working to decimate human trafficking at its … Continue reading HTI Welcomes 5th Class of Douglass Fellows from Top Law Schools

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

CBS News Interviews HTI CEO on Key Trends in the Enforcement of U.S. Human Trafficking Laws

Following the release of the 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report, HTI CEO Victor Boutros spoke with CBS News anchor Anne-Marie Green about trends in the prosecution of human trafficking in the United States over the past two decades.  Boutros spoke about the demographics of victims seen in the Report: “Traffickers often prey on the existing … Continue reading CBS News Interviews HTI CEO on Key Trends in the Enforcement of U.S. Human Trafficking Laws

2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report

The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report is an annual publication of the Human Trafficking Institute that provides comprehensive data from every federal criminal and civil human trafficking case that United States courts handle each year. For the first time, the 2020 Report compiles data from every federal human trafficking prosecution since 2000, the year the … Continue reading 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report

HTI Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 579 Human Trafficking Cases in 2020

The 2020 Federal Human Trafficking Report was released today on our website. The Report, a project of HTI, is a continuation of HTI’s efforts to provide comprehensive and objective data about every criminal and civil human trafficking case that federal courts handle each year. For the first time, the 2020 Report compiles data from every … Continue reading HTI Report Finds U.S. Federal Courts Handled 579 Human Trafficking Cases in 2020

Celebrating the Fourth Douglass Fellows Class with a Virtual Finale

Last month, the 2020-21 Douglass Fellows class gathered with alumni, mentors, and HTI staff for a virtual finale event to welcome Samantha Franks, Alicen Rodolph, Johanna Lee, and Mirelle Raza to the network of talented Douglass Fellow alumni. The four third-year law students spent the evening reflecting on the achievements made and relationships formed over … Continue reading Celebrating the Fourth Douglass Fellows Class with a Virtual Finale

Civil Litigation as a Tool to Combat Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains: A Douglass Fellow Advocacy Event

Many are unaware that the products they use every day are produced with forced labor at some point in the supply chain, generating profit from exploitation for multinational corporations. Most goods produced by multinational corporations involve supply chains where components are produced by separate manufacturers or in multiple locations, providing various opportunities for exploitation that … Continue reading Civil Litigation as a Tool to Combat Forced Labor in Global Supply Chains: A Douglass Fellow Advocacy Event

ATEST Coalition Provides Funding Recommendations to Congress

Last week, the Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST) coalition pressed Congress to increase funding for critical anti-trafficking programs both at home and overseas. Coalition member organizations work together to determine a comprehensive package of the most crucial funding requests to improve U.S. government responses to trafficking related to the protection of victims and … Continue reading ATEST Coalition Provides Funding Recommendations to Congress