VICTOR BOUTROS, Founding Director
Victor previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and trained law enforcement from different parts of the world on how to investigate and prosecute human trafficking. He is co-author with Gary Haugen of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence (Oxford Press). Earlier this year, Victor and Mr. Haugen received the Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Impacting World Order, awarded annually to the authors of one world-changing book based on originality, feasibility and potential impact. Victor is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago. Click here to download complete bio.
KYLEIGH FEEHS, Associate Legal Counsel
Kyleigh formerly worked for International Justice Mission, supporting the organization’s forced labor slavery and sex trafficking operations in South Asia. She has lived in India and Swaziland, where she worked with survivors and populations vulnerable to trafficking, coordinated government and law school trainings on human trafficking law, and drafted a best practices manual for prosecuting human trafficking cases in India. Kyleigh graduated magna cum laude from Wake Forest School of Law. During law school, Kyleigh served with the Justice Department’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of North Carolina. Kyleigh lives in Bethesda, Maryland, with her husband, Kenneth.
DAVE FILLINGAME, International Legal Fellow serving as Special Counsel in Belize
Dave is a skillful attorney with extensive experience on human trafficking cases. He investigated forced labour cases and supported the government’s efforts to hold traffickers accountable while working with International Justice Mission in India. He has also provided legal services to low-income residents of New York. He worked on employee rights cases at Volunteers of Legal Service as the Director of the Unemployment Insurance Advocacy Project where he recruited, trained, and mentored private volunteer attorneys to represent workers in administrative hearings. Most recently, he worked as a staff attorney with Manhattan Legal Services where he defended tenants against frivolous eviction cases and sued landlords on behalf of tenants and tenant associations to force the correction of uninhabitable living conditions in their apartments. He graduated from New York University School of Law in 2009. Dave is from Sacramento, California, and currently lives in Belize.
TANIMA KISHORE, International Legal Fellow serving as Special Counsel to Uganda’s Director of Public Prosecutions
Tanima is a lawyer from New Delhi, India. She started practicing in 2012 after graduating from Symbiosis Law School in Pune, India. She has worked with the Bangladesh National Women’s Lawyers Association’s human trafficking team in Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her recent work has focused on providing legal representation for organizations working with victims of sex trafficking and other forms of sexual violence. In 2015, Tanima received a Commonwealth Scholarship to pursue a master’s degree in International Human Rights Law from the University of Oxford. She completed her degree coursework in July 2017; her degree will be conferred in Spring 2018.
ABIGAIL P. POWELL, Strategic Partnerships
Abigail formerly served as the Director of Strategic Partnerships for Buckner International, a social service organization caring annually for half a million vulnerable children and families, where she represented Buckner’s models of care to leaders around the globe. Abigail also launched the 137-year-old ministry’s Government Relations office in Washington, D.C. Her experience working for the U.S. Senate and engaging a range of backgrounds and personalities kick-started her enthusiasm for creatively bringing in like-minded individuals around a sustainable goal. Abigail graduated from Redeemer Seminary in May 2016 with a Masters in Theology and is also a graduate of Texas A&M University. She lives in Dallas, Texas.
JOHN COTTON RICHMOND, Founding Director
John previously served as a federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and an expert on human trafficking for the United Nations and at the European Union. He was named one of the “Prosecutors of the Year” and by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and twice earned DOJ’s Special Commendation Award. John co-designed the advanced human trafficking curriculum for federal agents. Before joining DOJ, John served as the Director of the International Justice Mission’s slavery work in India. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Mary Washington. John lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife and three children. Click here to download complete bio.
Prior to his role at the Institute, Jonathan was a Research Fellow at the Greater Mekong Research Center, a public policy think-tank in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. There, he conducted research on the political economy and development outlook of Southeast Asia. He is particularly interested in institutional reform and the rule of law in developing countries. Jonathan holds degrees from Seattle Pacific University and the Université Lumière Lyon II in France. He speaks English and French.
DAVE ROGERS, Director of Law Enforcement Operations
Special Agent Dave Rogers previously served as the FBI’s National Program Manager for Human Trafficking within the Civil Rights Unit, overseeing the FBI’s anti-trafficking work across the United States. Prior to this, Dave was an Advanced Instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, where he trained new agents to conduct criminal investigations. In addition, Dave has trained government units on human trafficking enforcement from Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. During his 23 years in federal law enforcement, he developed a broad range of investigative expertise, working organized crime, labor racketeering, asset forfeiture/money laundering and international terrorism cases. Dave has a BS in International Relations from American University. Click here to download complete bio.
KELLI L. ROSS, Project Manager & Assistant to the Founding Directors
Kelli’s background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.