Impact Report No. 13: Human Trafficking Institute

Impact Report No. 13: Human Trafficking Institute


Human Trafficking Institute


Victor Boutros


Founding Director Victor Boutros presented to Barnabas partners the Institute’s proven plan for “decimating” modern slavery by empowering local police and prosecutors through a special enforcement unit. When he was employed by the U.S. Justice Department, he helped implement a pilot special enforcement program in 6 of the 94 federal districts across the country. Those 6 districts convicted more traffickers (56 percent) than the other 88 districts combined and saw a 114 percent increase in prosecutions versus 12 percent for the rest of the DOJ districts.

Victor pointed out that human trafficking generates $150 billion a year, enslaving 25 million, primarily women and children. This is an overwhelming issue in the Third World developing countries—93 percent of the victims—where 85 percent of law enforcement is not trained in criminal investigations.

The Institute is now working on pilot projects in Belize and Uganda, based on the success of their enforcement program in the United States. They enlist the most senior law enforcement officials in the country as supporters and require that they assign their best prosecutors and investigators to the special unit and pay all the costs. The Institute then embeds former Justice Department and FBI personnel, who have worked in trafficking, with the teams to train them.

The Institute has been very successful raising money ($1 million in the first year and $2.4 million in the second year, but it has been receiving mostly large gifts (average $76,000 vs. the average of $22,000 for other ministries).
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Founded in 2015, HTI has been funded primarily by large donations. Victor came to the ideation to determine whether major gifts should remain the core of the institute’s fundraising strategy, and if so, how do they create diversification within this category?


The Ideation was facilitated by Kim Pace and Len DiGiovanni is serving as the coach. A total of nine people attended the Ideation.

Regardless of political, cultural, social or religious affiliation, there is consensus that human trafficking is a global humanitarian crisis with economic implications. Given the nature of their approach to thwart human trafficking, the stellar make-up of their staff (many of whom are ex-federal agents who worked on this issue) and the receptive partnership of countries heavily affected by trafficking, the Ideation team agreed that the Institute is a game changer in this space. As such and with broad-based public, corporate and government consensus on the need to tackle trafficking, the Barnabas partners advised Victor to continue their emphasis on big donors.

Partners pointed out that big donors require a strategic approach to their giving. They are looking for an ROI on their investment that will make a significant impact. They are attracted to partnerships that can expand effectiveness of reach or provide a holistic approach to the issue, in this case, from prevention to prosecution to release and restoration of the enslaved. This type of investor also wants to see a criterion and strategy for growth and increased impact.

With this in mind, Partners proposed action steps directed at attracting big donors including among other things, creating a deck that follows a for-profit model for the ROI investor, developing strategic partnerships with others in this space to provide a holistic solution for greater ROI and pursuing different types of investors such as family legacy funds.

With the help of a Barnabas coach, Victor will focus on effective presentation to big donors.


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