Planting with Purpose
Capacity building remains the bedrock of the Justice Initiative. We employ customized intelligence, investigative, and operational curriculum at the behest of governments and NGOs across the globe. To accomplish this, the Foundation leverages the expertise of active and retired law enforcement agents to facilitate training and consulting engagements locally and around the world.
Task Force to Address Human Trafficking in Haiti
GFF and Lumos Foundation partnered on a special project to launch a human trafficking task force in Haiti, hosting a 2-day virtual training to help judges, deans of courts, and government commissioners within Haiti better understand the scope of their investigative and prosecutorial powers and the significance of legal provisions in protection of victims.
Partnerships to Combat Modern Slavery in the US
The USAO-CT, U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking, HSI, Secret Service, FBI, CT State Police convened at Grace Farms for a collaborative training on human trafficking and child exploitation. An example of GFF's work at a national level, the symposium promoted interdisciplinary conversation among experts in the field, while emphasizing survivors' voices in the development of new approaches.
Workshop to Disrupt Wildlife Trafficking in Uganda
GFF, in collaboration with the LATF and UWA, held a multi-agency workshop in Uganda, focused on building capacity across local law enforcement in the fight against wildlife trafficking. The workshop is the latest in a series convened by GFF with the goal of disrupting transnational organized crime syndicates involved in poaching and illegal wildlife trade.
We are committed to bringing together global experts and survivors to identify best practices and make recommendations to promote accountability for violations of international law. This work includes the establishment of strategic partnerships to bolster the advancement and enforcement of U.S. federal laws that deter illicit activity related to forced labor and environmental crimes, disrupting profits from these injustices on a national and global scale.
HSI Global Trade Investigations
Our strategic partnership with HSI was formed to advance our shared mission of combatting forced labor around the world, formalizing an arrangement to host and collaborate on national and international law enforcement trainings in 2020 and beyond.
Lusaka Agreement Task Force
Our strategic partnership with LATF bolsters cooperative law enforcement efforts in Africa, helping to combat environmental crimes and safeguard wildlife resources throughout the region, with a particular focus on Lusaka Agreement member states.
Our strategic partnership with Liberty Shared equips African countries with best practice training in investigative methodologies, data gathering, and analysis management to help ensure accountability for businesses and individuals that are profiting from human trafficking and environmental crimes.
Our public programming with industry thought leaders and policy experts raises awareness about modern slavery, environmental crimes, and gender-based violence. We leverage our location in New Canaan, Connecticut as a nexus to connect the public with global thought leaders advancing good in the world. Our programs have featured Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege, former CIA director and retired General David H. Petraeus, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Nicholas Kristof, among other notable contributors.
The Humanitarian Impact of Conflicts in the Middle East
Grace Farms welcomed General David H. Petraeus and the Institute for the Study of War for a panel discussion on the ongoing conflicts in the Middle East and their importance to U.S. national security and values, including human dignity and freedom.
Ending Violence Against Women
Grace Farms provided a collaborative platform for 2018 Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Denis Mukwege and acclaimed journalist, Nicholas Kristof, discussing the urgent need to address violence against women and girls in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“By bringing together law enforcement, NGOs, and the private sector to form strategic partnerships, we are forging innovative pathways to combat modern slavery, gender-based violence, and environmental crimes.”
Rod Khattabi, Chief Accountability Officer & Justice Initiative Director
MOUs executed with strategic partners to combat modern slavery and environmental crimes on a global scale.
Individuals trained across national and international law enforcement agencies, NGOs, and social service providers since 2015.
Average number of participants engaged in justice advocacy programming annually.
Leveraging our shared values, collective action, and diverse expertise, we continue to build new pathways towards effective interventions, while energizing a global coalition to help us rise to this monumental challenge. See below for a timeline of our annual Justice milestones.
Launched the Design for Freedom movement, mobilizing experts and leaders from across the built environment to raise awareness of modern slavery across industries and create outcomes to ensure a clean, ethical building materials supply chain.
Signed a MOU with LATF, initializing a critical strategic partnership to conserve and safeguard wildlife and forestry species in Africa through cooperative law enforcement capacity building and training.
Developed a media campaign in partnership with WPP’s J. Walter Thompson and Geometry Global to communicate the global issue of modern slavery in a new way. This anti-trafficking campaign would initiate new ways of raising awareness around modern slavery.
Facilitated a workshop on human trafficking with United Nations University, which led to a UN Security Council resolution to combat human trafficking in conflict.