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Human Trafficking Institute

John Richmond & Victor Boutros

​John Richmond is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Human Trafficking Institute. He previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and as an expert on human trafficking for the United Nations. He was named one of the "Prosecutors of the Year” by the Federal Law Enforcement Foundation and twice earned the Department of Homeland Security’s Outstanding Investigative Accomplishments in Human Trafficking Award. John co-designed the advanced human trafficking curriculum for federal agents and has traveled internationally to help foreign governments improve their anti-trafficking programs. He has taught Human Trafficking Law at Vanderbilt University School of Law and is a regular contributor to the Storyline blog. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Mary Washington.

​Victor Boutros is Co-Director and Co-Founder of Human Trafficking Institute. He previously served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. He is co-author with Gary Haugen of The Locust Effect: Why the End of Poverty Requires the End of Violence, a Washington Post bestseller that has been featured by The New York Times, The Economist, The Today Show, Forbes, BBC, and other media outlets. Along with Haugen, Victor will receive the 2016 Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Impacting World Order, awarded each year based on originality, feasibility, and potential impact. He is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Chicago.

​Human Trafficking Institute transforms developing-world justice systems to free victims from modern-day slavery. They do this by building and equipping specialized human trafficking units with advanced law enforcement training; developing the next generation of leaders in law, business, and government focused on the eradication of human trafficking; and shaping global funding priorities as the premier university hub of research on human trafficking.