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  • 08/25 Friday
    Friday Tea Tasting
    2:00 PM – 3:00 PM
    08/26 Saturday
    Open Art Studio for Kids
    10:30 AM – 2:30 PM
    Birdwatching at Grace Farms | Summer Stroll
    11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
    Saturday Family Matinee
    12:30 PM – 4:30 PM
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
    08/30 Wednesday
    Grace Farms Tour
    12:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Friday Tea Tasting

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Justice

Fighting Human Trafficking in Conflict

Justice Initiative Overview | Eradicating Child Exploitation

Justice Initiative Launch | Eradicating Child Trafficking


History

In November 2015, Grace Farms Foundation, under the leadership of its Justice Initiative Director and General Counsel, Krishna Patel, brought together experts from the public and private sectors to identify innovative techniques to eradicate child exploitation that could be replicated in communities across the country. During the workshop, participants laid the groundwork for new legislation, training, and increased awareness to help abolish this brutal and widespread, yet preventable, crime. The workshop also provided the policy resources necessary to fight child trafficking that occurs using the Internet through the development and deployment of effective big-data technologies. It identified tools for those who are on the frontlines and best positioned to disrupt the criminal networks that exploit children.

The meeting marked the launch of Grace Farms Foundation’s Justice Initiative, which has now expanded to include advocacy for policy and legislation; education and training; grants of space to not-for-profit social justice organizations; and collaborative workshops to generate results for social change. While no single group or governmental organization alone can provide a comprehensive response, a multi-faceted approach can help create integrated solutions. The Foundation recognizes that the root causes of trafficking can be interrupted when law enforcement and the private sector work together.

Read the Justice Initiative News Releases 

See the Program Agenda for the Justice Initiative Launch

Watch a Video Overview of the Justice Initiative Launch 

Support our Justice Initiative 

Justice Initiative Team

Krishna R. Patel

Krishna R. Patel serves as General Counsel and Justice Initiative Director at Grace Farms Foundation. Ms. Patel, along with Rod Khattabi, the Foundation’s Justice Initiative Advisor and Safety Director, who was a federal agent for over 20 years, leads the deployment of an innovative big data platform that enables law enforcement to locate and apprehend traffickers and rescue survivors.

From 2003 until July 2015, Ms. Patel served as an Assistant United States Attorney and since 2010 as the Deputy Chief of the National Security and Major Crimes Unit, where she was responsible for supervising and prosecuting a variety of investigations including international and domestic terrorism, civil rights, child exploitation, cyber-crimes, terrorism, financial crimes, money laundering, and international weapons and human trafficking. She created one of the first court-monitored restitution funds for victims of human trafficking in the United States and for foreign victims.

Rod Khattabi

Rod Khattabi serves as Director of Safety and Justice Initiative Advisor at Grace Farms Foundation. His work for the Foundation includes the monthly training of law enforcement to effectively use innovative big data software to find traffickers and survivors and educational programming for female teens and adults on how to reduce chances of becoming victims of assault.

Prior to joining Grace Farms Foundation, Mr. Khattabi oversaw the New Haven office in Connecticut with the Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). Mr. Khattabi has received numerous awards throughout his federal law enforcement career including the Medal of Valor for his heroic actions during the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the Connecticut U.S. Attorney’s Award for Exceptional Contributions to Law Enforcement, and the Director’s award from the Department of Homeland Security.


Made in a Free World

Polaris

Department of Children and Family Services

The International Institute of Connecticut

Love 146

Domestic Violence Crisis Center

Family ReEntry

Grace Farms Foundation is a member of Made in a Free World, and has been certified as an organization with a clean supply chain, free from connections to slave labor, and is advocating awareness of the presence of slave labor in global supply chains. Find out how to become a member of Made in a Free World and reduce your slavery footprint here.

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Polaris is a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery. Named after the North Star that guided slaves to freedom in the U.S., Polaris systematically disrupts the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and their freedom. Donate here.

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The Department of Children and Families works together with families and communities for children who are healthy, safe, smart, and strong. For volunteer opportunities, contact Dayna R. Snell.

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The International Institute of Connecticut (IICONN) is a statewide not-for-profit human services agency that provides services to new immigrants and refugees in Connecticut to help them become self-sufficient, integrated and contributing members of the community. IICONN also provides special services to victims of serious crimes such as human trafficking, torture, and domestic violence. For more information about donations, contact Luke Sharples. For volunteer opportunities, contact Mentor Coordinator Helen DeKorne.

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Love146 is an international human rights organization working to end child trafficking and exploitation through survivor care, prevention education, professional training and empowering movement. Donate here. You can also join a Love146 Volunteer Team near you, or register a new Volunteer Team.

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The Domestic Violence Crisis Center provides confidential services at no charge to anyone who is a victim of domestic abuse or domestic violence. For volunteer opportunities, contact Allison Roach

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Family ReEntry’s mission is to develop, implement, and share innovative, sustainable, cost-effective solutions to the unprecedented numbers of people involved in the criminal justice system. For volunteer opportunities, email Jeffrey Earls, Director of Development, or call 203-290-0865.

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