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Human Trafficking: What Can We Do About It?
Listen in as three internationally recognized leaders in the fight against human trafficking share why they personally got involved in this cause, what is happening today in this battle and how we as followers of Jesus can help bring freedom to those in bondage. Between the three of them they have worked for the Department of Justice, International Justice Mission, co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute and served at the highest levels of the US Government to fight the injustice of human trafficking. Each one of them is also a C.S. Lewis Fellow.
It’s hard to imagine that this man, with the gentle grin and the small, twisted body, could move the world in a new direction. Yet William Wilberforce did.
Our friends and community are essential to enabling us to achieve the call and claims placed on our life. It may be one of the great paradoxes of the Christian life that God equips and strengthens us largely through others - so that we can do great things in Him, but often only with the help of friends, family, and the fabric of community.
John Newton’s father was a seaman. His mother was a godly woman who taught him the Shorter Catechism and the hymns of Isaac Watts. She died when John was six years old, and the little boy resolved to honor his mother’s memory by growing up to be a preacher.
Victor Boutros, CEO, serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Human Trafficking Institute and President of the Board of Directors. He is a co-founder of the Institute, which was launched in 2015. Prior to his role at the Institute, he served as a federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’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. Victor is a graduate of Baylor University, Harvard University, Oxford University, and the University of Chicago.
Christine Buchholz, Board Member, serves as the Vice President on the board of directors for Restavek Freedom. She served as the Senior Advisor in the US Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons. She led the Office’s efforts to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and the Palermo Protocol. This included working closely with the White House to host a summit on human trafficking and publishing a 20th Anniversary Retrospective. She has also worked on anti-trafficking initiatives in Haiti, India and the United States. Christine has a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Wellesley College, studied at the London School of Economics and earned a Master in Public Policy from Harvard Kennedy School.
John Richmond, Ambassador, has a career that has emphasized the global battle against human trafficking. As a Partner at Dentons Multinational Law Firm, he focuses on the intersection between business and human rights. Before joining Dentons, he served as the U.S. Ambassador to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons from 2018 to 2021. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, John served as a federal prosecutor with the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, he also co-founded the Human Trafficking Institute. Ambassador Richmond is a writer and frequent speaker on topics of faith, justice, vocation, and parenting and is a Fellow at the C.S. Lewis Institute.