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.
Addressing Wildlife Trafficking Requires Specialized Tools | Regional Training | Arusha, Tanzania
October 2023 | Grace Farms Foundation and Lusaka Agreement Task Force organized a regional training for wildlife officers from Kenya, Tanzania, and Cambodia focused specialized tools, like controlled deliveries, that can assist in reducing maritime trafficking of wildlife (including the highly sought after pangolin). The training, attended by Grace Farms General Counsel and Justice Initiative Deputy Director Alina Reynolds, provided mentoring, insights, and a practical exercise on controlled deliveries.
Reducing Maritime Trafficking of Wildlife between Africa and Asia | Advanced Training | Entebbe, Uganda
February 6 – 11, 2023 | A Multi-Agency Financial Capacity Building to adopt innovative investigative and scientific approaches in combating Wildlife Trafficking and its illicit supply chain in Africa and Asia. Previous training programs were conducted in Mombasa-Kenya, Arusha-Tanzania, and Dar es Salaam-Tanzania in March 2022, May/June 2022 and August 2022 respectively. These innovative training programs, in partnership with USAID, UNDP, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security/HSI, LATF, and the University of Washington, will equip participants with advanced financial crimes investigations, asset recovery modules, criminal intelligence and investigations techniques with a scientific approach. Also covering the convergence of crime, the links between the illegal logging to Human Trafficking (Forced Labor) and other crimes as well.
Reducing Maritime Trafficking of Wildlife Between Africa and Asia
August 2 – 6, 2022 | Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania | Session II of collaborative USAID/UNDP/ Grace Farms Foundation /GEF/U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)/Lusaka Agreement Task Force/ University of Washington Project “Reducing Maritime Trafficking of Wildlife between Africa and Asia”
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.
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 Virtual is Real
December 7, 2022 | Grace Farms Foundation and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) hosted the “Virtual is Real” event with experts in technology, policy, gender-based violence, and government discussed the alarming rates of technology-facilitated gender-based violence (TFGBV) and harassment and the harm they cause. Attendees listened to survivors' online abuse and harassment experiences and the need for better trauma-informed responses, support, and validation of those experiencing online abuse.
Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) | Panama City, Panama
November 14-25, 2022 | Convention on International Trade and Endangered Species of Wildlife and Flora: 19th CITES COP held in Panama where Rod Khattabi participated as an observer and as a panelist/speaker at four side events. Rod met and collaborated with member countries, law enforcement community, and NGO partners sharing the same passion in combatting the Illegal Wildlife Trade (IWT) - Illegal Logging (Forestry Crime).
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.
Stories of Human Trafficking
Grace Farms spotlighted Yeonmi Park, a 25-year-old North Korean defector turned human rights activist, who was joined by MSNBC’s Richard Lui and our former Justice Initiative Director Krishna Patel to share their stories from the front lines of the fight against trafficking.
“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, former 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.
Grace Farms Foundation and the National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) announce a partnership to advance their shared missions of disrupting and combating wildlife trafficking.
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.
Signed a MOU with the country of Georgia to partner on supply chain transparency projects. Georgia plans to develop a green, sustainable, and technologically smart country within the next 10 years.
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.