"Human Trafficking of all forms cannot be tolerated in the 21st Century. We must do what we can, when we can, to insure that not even one person is exploited by labor or sex trafficking. Please join me along with the International Human Trafficking Institute, the Center for Civil and Human Rights and justice-seeking persons everywhere to learn something, see something, do something."

— Rep. John Lewis

Meet Our Team

The mission of the International Human Trafficking Institute is to leverage the role of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Inc. as a thought leader and convener, to facilitate the collective efforts of the private and public sectors, faith-based and civic organizations to accelerate local, national and global movements  to end the trafficking of persons.


The Three Year Strategic Plan was developed in close partnership with Accenture, the atlanta super bowl host committee, and the federal bureau of investigation.

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The development of the plan was a collaborative effort across many sectors in Metro Atlanta.

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Role of IHTI and the Center

International human trafficking institute

The International Human Trafficking Institute leads the Metro Atlanta Coalition to End Human Trafficking, serving primarily as a convener for the Coalition’s partners. 

The IHTI owns the relationships with the City of Atlanta, Atlanta Super Bowl LIII Host Committee, the FBI, and all other partners.

Utilizing the Center’s resources, the IHTI will own this strategic plan moving forward and execute action items to convene, train, and engage individuals and organizations across the metro Atlanta area, and other interested regions in efforts to dramatically reduce human trafficking.

how the center supports the international human trafficking institute

Programming leadership
The Center, in partnership with IHTI, develops and implements programming to further the mission of The Institute and The Center to engage a large and diverse audience.

Grant preparation and oversight
The Center, as a 501(c)3 entity is the fiscal agent for IHTI’s funding partners.
The Center’s Vice President of Development  helps solicit and service grants for IHTI from outside foundations, public and/or corporate entities.

Indirect Costs
The International Human Trafficking Institute is a division of the National Center for Civil and Human Rights. As  501(c)3 charitable organization, NCCHR  does not pay overhead costs to vendors or organizations who we engage in a fee for services. 

Logistics and Facilities support
The Center  provides necessary support for IHTI’s events and logistic operations, ensuring the success of each programming and educational initiative of IHTI and The Center.


Deborah Richardson is Executive Director of The International Human Trafficking Institute.  She has a 30 year track record in advocacy on women’s rights and economic empowerment for disenfranchised persons.  In 2001, Deborah convened a group of women who launched Atlanta’s movement to address child sex trafficking. Their efforts to create awareness on domestic child sex trafficking, change laws, and raise money to open the first safe house in the eastern United States, sparked advocacy efforts that continue today.  

Deborah is a thought leader who has testified before Congress, worked with more than 30 communities across the United States on planning and executing their human trafficking initiatives, spoken to numerous groups, and written extensively about ending human trafficking.  She is the former Executive Vice President and Interim CEO of The Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Brian Tolleson became Interim CEO of the Center for Civil and Human Rights in the Spring of 2018 after serving as a member of its Board of Directors, and a committed donor who was instrumental in the launch of The Center’s LGBT Institute.