We believe that each individual has an inherent right to liberty and that it is incumbent upon each of us to use our will and wherewithal to ensure freedom for all. With Grace Farms as our nexus for convening the public, private, and government sectors, we develop comprehensive strategies and partnerships that are designed to disrupt and combat all forms of contemporary slavery and gender-based violence.Our Justice Initiative disrupts contemporary slavery and gender-based violence through effective policy, training, and advocacy.
“When it comes to combatting contemporary slavery, what we do matters even though when it may matter, and who it may impact, are not things we can know beforehand. Together, we have begun what I know will be a profound force for change in our world.”
—Krishna Patel, Justice Initiative Director
Approximately 40.3 million people worldwide are currently trapped in a world of forced labor, sex trafficking, child marriage, and debt bondage that crosses international borders, cultures, and industries.
Modern slavery is a $150 billion criminal industry with only $150 million in funding to combat it. It is the second largest criminal industry in the world, and the fastest growing.
We train law enforcement officers to combat human trafficking and customize modules for each training.
We seek new opportunities to disrupt slavery in supply chains, where 60 percent of human trafficking occurs worldwide. We entered into a collaboration with the country of Georgia to support its commitment to transform its economy into an ethical and transparent regulatory model. We are committed to strengthening the rule of law and human rights which began with our international convenings in 2016. In particular, we were honored to participate in the Liechtenstein. We are also committed to bringing together global experts to identify best practices, lessons learned, and recommendations in the promotion of accountability for violations of international law, and to reflect on the role that victims have and should play in the development and delivery of accountability mechanisms.
Justice Initiative Director Krishna Patel: Our Part in Modern-Day Slavery
Disrupting Human Trafficking: Public Act No. 16-71
Grace Farms Foundation contributed to a Connecticut law that focused on disrupting the occurrence of human trafficking at hotels and motels throughout the state.
United Nations University Convening
Grace Farms Foundation co-hosted a convening with the United Nations University, resulting in a published report to the United Nations Security Council and UN Resolution 2331.
Training engagements seek to improve intelligence-led investigations, help with victim identification, and the prosecution of criminal perpetrators on human trafficking and wildlife trafficking cases. Eight trainings were facilitated at Grace Farms and beyond, resulting in 2,500 trained law enforcement officers. This included a training at the 51st Annual Narcotics Enforcement conference for 250 law enforcement officers in Rhode Island, a task force in Haiti, and a week-long crisis intervention training at Grace Farms. Topics ranged from financial seizures to service provider training and human trafficking victim support. Visit our Justice Initiative Trainings to learn more about our global collaborative trainings.
We also expanded our training to help Connecticut hotel employees identify and report instances of human trafficking. This training was mandated by Connecticut’s Public Act No. 16-71, to which we provided expert input. We have provided ongoing assistance to other states seeking to adopt similar laws.
Human Trafficking: Identifying the Signs
Rod Khattabi, our Director of Global Justice Initiative Trainings & Risk Officer, talks with News Channel 8 about how to recognize the signs.
Our case study-based curriculum covers seizure, interview techniques, financial investigation, evidence gathering, affidavits, and prosecution.
Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault Prevention
Grace Farms Foundation and Norwalk Police Department partner to educate women and girls on how to protect themselves against assault and domestic violence.
Our public programming with industry thought leaders, policy experts, and politicians help raise awareness about human trafficking. Creating programing with advocates such as Senator Chris Murphy and attorney Vincent Nappo increases awareness about the criminal and civil violations of online platforms that knowingly advertise and facilitate sex trafficking. We also advocate for the criminal prosecution of online platforms, including Backpage.com, the largest online sex-trafficking platform, and its executives. Our programming and advocacy helps support the passage of protective laws. We advocated for an amendment to the federal Communications Decency Act, that successfully passed on April 1, 2018. A federal grand jury in Arizona indicted Backpage.com and its executives on April 9, 2018.
Our advocacy to raise awareness resulted in the new charitable organization Unchain.org. This idea for a global campaign to help raise awareness and inspire action to combat modern-day slavery was incubated at a Grace Farms’ workshop in 2016, hosted in collaboration with United Nations University. In 2018, Unchain.org became its out entity.
Connecticut Bar Association Award
Krishna Patel, our Justice Initiative Director, was the recipient of the 2019 Citizen of the Law Award. This is given to a legal professional who has made significant contributions to a charitable or public service cause.
We advocate for the criminal prosecution of online platforms and protective laws. Our advocacy helped shut down Backpage.com, the largest online sex-trafficking platform. Backpage.com and its executives were prosecuted in April 2019.
Grace Farms Foundation hosted its second anniversary celebration benefiting a first-of-its kind global campaign to help eradicate modern day slavery.
The Humanitarian Impact of Conflicts in the Middle East
"Regional partnerships remain vital and we must persist in promoting human rights and economic freedom, pursue the peace process, and continue to sustain alliances." - Rod Khattabi, our Director of Global Justice Initiative Trainings & Risk Officer.