By: MOLLY WICKER
Lindsey Roberson is the most recent expert to join the Human Trafficking Institute’s deep bench of experienced anti-trafficking professionals. As the Senior Legal Counsel, she will work to develop and maintain relationships with government officials in Belize and Uganda, help to establish and support specialized units, conduct legal research, and provide leadership, training, and mentorship to the Institute legal team.
“I am looking forward to pairing my experience as a prosecutor and practitioner with an organization committed to partnering with other professionals seeking to increase their capacity to combat trafficking by bringing justice to vulnerable populations,” said Roberson.
Prior to joining the Institute, Roberson worked at the U.S. Department of Justice Civil Rights Division, where she was a trial attorney within the Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit. She also worked in the Office of the District Attorney in Hanover County, North Carolina, and in the private law sector. She graduated with a B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she also received her J.D.
Roberson will have substantial influence in the creation, planning, and execution of organizational and operational strategy, as well as the implementation of the Institute’s mission to combat human trafficking. She joins a team of subject matter experts that includes:
- Victor Boutros, Chief Executive Officer, former federal prosecutor in the U.S. Department of Justice’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit, and co-author of The Locust Effect.
- Special Agent Dave Rogers, Director of Law Enforcement Operations, previously served as the FBI’s National Program Manager for Human Trafficking within the Civil Rights Unit
- Trafficking Expert Marie Martinez Israelite, Director of Victim Services, former Chief of the Victim Assistance Program at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Investigations
- Trafficking Expert Annick Febrey, Director of Government and Corporate Relations, expertise in labor trafficking and supply chains
- Special Counsel Tanima Kishore, works in Uganda’s Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and is based in Kampala, Uganda.
- Special Counsel Dave Fillingame works closely with the Judiciary and Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in Belize and is based in Belmopan, Belize.
- Kyleigh Feehs, Associate Legal Counsel, leads the Douglass Fellowship and development of the Federal Human Trafficking Report.
- Alyssa Currier, Legal Advisor, leads the Douglass Fellowship and development of the Federal Human Trafficking Report.
“We are so excited to have Lindsey on the team,” said Victor Boutros, Institute CEO. “She was an all-star in the Justice Department’s Human Trafficking Prosecution Unit and will be a huge asset to our Partner Countries in moving upstream to stop traffickers and rescue victims.”
Roberson was also an instructor at the Institute’s Global Human Trafficking Academy, a first-of-its-kind, intensive training program designed to accelerate a country’s progress toward combatting the crime of trafficking in persons. The Academy, held in Northern Virginia in October 2018, included a specialized cohort of prosecutors, law enforcement officers, and social workers from Uganda, Belize, and South Africa.
To read Lindsey Roberson’s full bio, click here.