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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. John has been nominated to be the next US Trafficking in Persons Ambassador, the highest position in the US government related to human trafficking.That position will require him to the leave the Institute for a season of public service. He is a graduate of Wake Forest University School of Law and the University of Mary Washington.



Victor Boutros is the CEO of the Human Trafficking Institute and 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). Drawing on real-world cases and extensive scholarship, The Locust Effect paints a vivid portrait of the way broken justice systems in developing countries have spawned a hidden epidemic of modern-day slavery and everyday violence that is undermining vital investments in poverty alleviation, education, and human rights. The Locust Effect is a Washington Post bestseller that has been featured by the New York Times, The Economist, the Today Show, Forbes, the BBC, and other media outlets. In 2016, Boutros and Haugen received the Grawemeyer Prize for Ideas Impacting World Order, awarded annually to the authors of one book based on originality, feasibility and potential for significant impact. Boutros is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago Law School.

The Human Trafficking Institute exists to decimate modern slavery at its source by empowering police and prosecutors to stop traffickers. Working inside criminal justice systems, the Institute provides the embedded experts, world-class training, investigative resources, and evidence-based research necessary to free victims.

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