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What's on at the Thomson Reuters Foundation

This month at the Thomson Reuters Foundation: we mark another year of global impact with our annual report; we begin the countdown to Trust Conference / America Forum; we team up with Apple News to spread the reach of our news; we take home a prestigious award; and we uncover the dangerous refugees' Smuggling Game through an in-depth investigation. 

This newsletter keeps you up to date with the latest news, events, and developments from our key programmes: free legal assistance, media development and training, coverage of the world’s under-reported news, and Trust Conference.

Another Year of Impact

The Foundation continues to go from strength to strength. Highlights this year include the expansion of our editorial team reporting on land and property rights, and human trafficking and slavery. We have also expanded TrustLaw in countries across the world, and our research has led to policy change on issues from minimum wage laws and forced labour through to slavery in the fishing industry and the use of blackmail on smartphones. And we have renamed the Trust Women conference Trust Conference. Read our 2016 Annual Report for the impact of all our programmes.

Coming Soon: Trust Conference / America Forum

Trust Conference / America  Forum is just around the corner. We’ll be joined by speakers including Ken Roth, Executive Director of Human Rights Watch, Cyrus Vance Jr., New York County District Attorney, and Cindy McCain, Chair of the McCain Institute’s Human Trafficking Advisory Council, for in-depth discussions on topics ranging from 'Privacy vs. Security' to 'Cleaning Supply Chains from Forced Labour'. Check out the full agenda and register your interest hereThe half-day event will be held at Georgetown University on April 25.

Get Your Daily Fix on Apple News

Last month, we made our debut on Apple News and our channel is growing strong. If you haven't yet subscribed to our under-reported news channel (it's free), you can use this link from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to receive a constant stream of under-reported news, from human trafficking to women's rights, to climate, food land and property rights, and humanitarian news. Visit our news site.

Wealth of Nations Wins Prestigious Award

Wealth of Nations, an anti-corruption programme we run with the support of Norad has taken home the award for Best International Capacity Building Project at the British Expertise International Awards this month. Through Wealth of Nations, we train African journalists to report tax law abuse. In the past year alone, we've worked with more than 200 journalists from 35 countries across Africa and produced impactful investigations exposing tax havens in Liberia and tax evasion in Botswana. Find out more here.

The Smuggling Game: Playing with Life and Death to Reach Europe

Our news team released an in-depth, multimedia exploration of the dangerous game of smuggling played by scores of refugees seeking safety in Europe daily. The dangerous cat-and-mouse chases with border authorities are known as “The Game”. But who wins and who loses? Our correspondents traveled to Serbia, where more than 7,800 migrants and refugees remain stranded. Our investigation takes you to the heart of the story

Sextortion Criminalized in Two U.S. States

Earlier this month, the states of Arkansas and Utah were the first to criminalize “sextortion”, a form of extortion where the currency of the bribe is sex, stolen images, or information of a sexual nature. This important recognition of a rapidly-growing crime comes hot on the heels of our report on sextortion conducted in partnership with Legal Momentum and international law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. 

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