WHO WE ARE

Staff

Kendis Paris– Executive Director/Co-Founder
Kylla Lanier– Deputy Director/Co-Founder
Lyn Leeburg– Communications Director/Co-Founder
Laura Cyrus– Director of Corporate Engagement
Molly Griffiths– Corporate Engagement Manager
Susan Dold– Systems Administrator
Annie Sovcik– BOTL Program Director
Lexi Higgins– BOTL Program Specialist
Esther Goetsch– Director of Coalition Builds
Ashley Smith– Director of Energy Operations
Louie Greek– Training Specialist
Annika Huff– Training Specialist/Survivor Leader
Liz Williamson- Training Specialist/Survivor Leader
Arianne Singleton- Administrative Specialist
Beth Jacobs– Field Trainer/Survivor Leader
Brandy Belton– FDP Director
Hillary Benanzer– Data Analyst
Amanda Haggerty– Data Administration Specialist

Board of Directors

Scott Perry, Suddath Global Logistics- Chairman
Linda Burtwistle, Coach USA- Director
Elisabeth Barna, ATA- Director
Lou Rivieccio, UPS Corporate Transportation- Director
Kendis Paris– Director
Barry Richards, Travel Centers of America- Director
Chris Ripani, Bridgestone- Director
Dave Nemo, SiriusXM Radio Personality- Director
David Lorenzen, OMVE IA DOT- Director
Karen Rasmussen, Independent Carrier Safety Association- Director
Don Blake, Inland Kenworth US, Inc.- Director
Chief Tommie J. Reese, Sr, Alabama Attorney General’s Office- Director
Antoine Sadler, Walmart Transportation- Director
Stephanie Wicky, Ryder– Secretary
Bruce DD MacRae, UPS- Board Member Emeritus
Gary Clark, Bridgestone– Board Member Emeritus

TAT Advisory Committee

Eric Higgs, Boys and Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee- Chair
Kellylynn McLaughlin, Schneider
Harneet Sihota, Kam-Way Transportation, Inc.
Anthony M. Maez, Office of the New Mexico Attorney General
Candice Shaw, Ottawa Rape Crisis Centre
Kristin M. Beck, LafargeHolcim U.S.
Arian Taylor, Ballard Inc.
Courtney Sahara Baldwin, Survivor-leader
Doug Estrada, Walmart

STATEMENTS

Slide RACIAL EQUITY As an abolitionist NGO, Truckers Against Trafficking seeks to understand, address and disrupt the systemic racism that is inherent in human trafficking. To develop a healthy society, where no one is exploited in human trafficking, we commit to leading differently by grounding our work in racial equity. We recognize that our organization must address historical and contemporary injustices from a posture of humility; thus, we will use our position within the transportation industry to amplify the voices and lived experiences of survivors of trafficking, recognizing that black, indigenous, and people of color are disproportionately affected. TAT will push ourselves and our key sectors to confront, examine, and adapt decisions, policies, and practices to ensure that we and they help, rather than harm, individuals and communities of color. We will hold ourselves accountable by: • Creating a strengths focused work environment that openly discusses and addresses barriers of racial diversity and inclusion • Partnering with leaders and groups committed to addressing root causes of vulnerability • Undergoing trainings and educating our audience about human trafficking in its fullness, including the consequences of structural racism in the US and Canada Slide TAT TEAM PRINCIPLES Our Team Principles shape our interactions and orient our work. They enable us to deliver on our mission, scale our model and innovate effectively. Empowered Abolitionists: Team members are passionate abolitionists who commit their time, skillset, energy and empathy to defeating modern-day slavery and inspire others to follow suit. Strengths Cultivator: Team members’ distinctive voices and contributions are welcomed and invested in, cultivating top-tier professionals dedicated to TAT’s success for the long haul. Culturally Responsive: To promote justice and aid in the recovery of victims, we recognize that we must harness the perspectives of people from diverse backgrounds and skill sets. Our mission requires a team of talented, passionate, and culturally responsive professionals. Show Respect and Have Integrity: Team members are respectful to everyone they work with … while partnering on a project or in challenging an idea or decision. They always represent themselves and the organization with integrity and earn the trust of those around them. Slide TAT TEAM PRINCIPLES Pro Industry: Team members believe that the inherent nature of the truck, bus and energy industries, coupled with their willingness to take on this issue, makes them a positive force for good in discovering and disrupting human trafficking networks. Thus, TAT learns from and works with them as true partners in this fight. Mission and Data Driven: Team members are ‘all in’ on TAT’s mission and recognize that our private and public partners help save lives. As they leverage data, team members adjust their programs accordingly, including acknowledging and learning from failure. They are willing to flex and adapt to meet emerging needs. Survivor Informed: Team members recognize and listen to the invaluable perspective and expertise survivors of human trafficking bring to the table, and regularly consult and collaborate with leaders in the field, especially the survivor-leaders TAT employs. Vision Casters: With an eye to the future, team members work toward targeted systems change and global expansion through the replication of TAT’s model. Slide WE BELIEVE... TAT believes prostitution is inherently exploitative, and when an individual is prostituted through force, fraud, coercion, poverty, abuse at earlier stages of life, and/or lack of viable options, they should not be punished for being exploited. TAT believes it is important to always treat victims with dignity and respect, and never as criminals or perpetrators. TAT believes law enforcement can and must play an important role in interrupting and combating human trafficking. Success in this role requires a victim-centered approach that demonstrates through all words and actions that they value the dignity of each of the individual victims they encounter. TAT believes all possible measures should be taken to prevent the re-exploitation of victims/survivors by those attempting to help. Victims should never be coerced into providing testimony and evidence, whether the coercion is implicit because of the manner of the interaction with authorities (and the inherent power imbalance) or explicit because a quid pro quo (e.g. detention v cooperation) was presented. Slide WE BELIEVE... TAT believes victims should be presented with meaningful options for services (housing, job skills training, medical services, counseling/mental health services, transportation, etc.) that will help them get out and stay out of the life, but should not be manipulated or forced into accepting those services … in the end, the survivor has to choose, and that choice must be respected. TAT believes education and awareness about the realities of prostitution, porn, and sexual violence are key to shifting cultural and societal views that will protect victims and survivors and create opportunities for long-term impact. This is especially important for those in positions with a high likelihood of encountering victims (transportation, justice system, law enforcement, education professionals, healthcare workers, etc.) TAT believes effective survivor services and education/awareness require viable funding streams; public and private sector donors should increase funding allocated to these activities that are essential in the fight to eradicate sex trafficking. TAT recognizes that traffickers and their operations are often intentional, coordinated and organized; therefore, TAT believes successful measures to combat this heinous crime must involve multidisciplinary groups of stakeholders (survivors, law enforcement, service providers, advocates, etc.) working together to create realistic and effective solutions, in order to protect victims and bring traffickers and buyers to justice.
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