Growing Community | Planning Your Garden
“We plan to disrupt and eradicate; first in Connecticut, and then across the nation.”
"Do what you do; everybody has a role to play in this movement."
"There is no such thing as a child prostitute."
"This effort will require courage, collaboration, and relentless dedication."
"You're only as happy as your least happy child."
"There are more human slaves today than there have been ever before in our history."
"Love is the foundation of our motivation."
"You rescue a body; you transition a mind."
"It's rare to have this caliber of human beings all in one room; these are the pioneers of our movement."
"We need revolutionary solutions."
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.
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 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.