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Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery that controls and exploits human beings for profit – for sex or labor. Perpetrators use force, fraud, or coercion to manipulate and establish control over individuals.
To learn more about human trafficking, below, please find resources, partners, and information on trainings.
For more in-depth learning and engagement, attend a training about human trafficking.
EnligHTEntalks offers the following sessions:
For more information, contact DeAndre’ Marshall at: 404-849-5735 or [email protected]
Meet the Trainer:
DeAndre’ Marshall was introduced to human trafficking more 20 years ago as an art therapist for girls at Angela’s House, one of the first safe houses for sexually exploited girls.
Since then, DeAndre’ has spent her career in the nonprofit and faith sectors. Most recently, DeAndre’ was the Director of Training at the International Human Trafficking Institute and a consultant to YouthSpark.
Connect with Organizations
There are several organizations around the metro Atlanta area fighting human trafficking and helping victims.
Many other organizations across the country and globe work in the fight against human trafficking. You can learn about some of those groups here:
Are You a Victim of Human Trafficking?
Are you or someone you know being sold for sex or made/forced to work for little or no pay and cannot leave? Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 or the Statewide Georgia Hotline for Domestic Minor Trafficking at 1-844-842-3678 for help.
¿Está usted o alguien usted conoce está vendido para el sexo o hecho/forzado a trabajar por poco o ningún salario y no se puede dejar? Llame al Centro de Recursos de la Trata de Personas Nacionales a 1-888-373-7888 o Linea directa del estado de Georgia para reporter Trafico Domestico de Menores a 1-844-842-3678 para obtener ayuda.
More information here.
The International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI), an initiative hosted by the Center from 2018-2021, leveraged the collective efforts of private, public, educational, faith-based, and civic organizations to accelerate efforts to address human trafficking. IHTI served as a convener and conduit for research, advocacy, and resources.
IHTI fought sexual and labor exploitation in Metro-Atlanta and beyond. During its three-year strategic period, IHTI:
Read the progress reports from IHTI
A Message From NCCHR CEO, Jill Savitt
Click here to read a letter from NCCHR CEO, Jill Savitt, about the conclusion of the International Human Trafficking Institute.
Deborah Richardson, Founder
Deborah Richardson, a lifelong civil rights advocate, launched the International Human Trafficking Institute in 2018 after Atlanta won the bid to host the NFL Super Bowl in 2019. While human trafficking is a problem endemic to Atlanta year-round, Richardson recognized that an event like the Super Bowl provided an opportunity to shine a bright light on this issue and mobilize people to take action.
Deborah founded IHTI as a three-year campaign to raise awareness about the scope of human trafficking and to highlight – and disrupt – its business model, focusing on how the purchasers of sexual services from minors operate, also called the “demand” side of trafficking.
A core strategy of IHTI was to generate widespread engagement. To achieve this, Deborah convened and managed the Metropolitan Coalition to End Human Trafficking – a multi-sector coalition – with leaders from companies, government, educational institutions, civic organizations, nonprofits, and philanthropy. The Coalition became a united city-wide effort that raised awareness about trafficking across metro Atlanta, strengthened the safety net for children at risk of trafficking, and disrupted trafficking’s business model by focusing on the purchasers of sex from minors.
In addition to steering the Coalition, IHTI created widespread awareness and engagement across the city with its powerful “Learn Something, See Something and Do Something about Human Trafficking” trainings. By the end of IHTI’s three-year strategic period, it achieved its goal of training more than 50,000 people to understand what human trafficking is, and how individuals can work to eradicate human trafficking from their communities.
In 2021, the Center honored Deborah Richardson for her visionary founding of the International Human Trafficking Institute and for her lifetime of advocacy. Click here to watch the video tribute.
Because of Georgia-Pacific’s deep commitment to human dignity, the protection of freedom, and respect for the rights of others, the company partnered with IHTI to focus intensively on addressing the scourge of modern-day slavery.
Georgia-Pacific’s CEO, Christian Fischer, spearheaded trainings for employees of Georgia-Pacific based in Atlanta on the warning signs of human trafficking and what to do in response.
In addition, Georgia-Pacific:
In recognition of its leadership, the National Center for Civil and Human Rights, the parent organization for IHTI, awarded Georgia-Pacific its 2019 Power to Inspire Award, an annual prize that recognizes individuals and organizations that promote and protect human rights and dignity.
To learn more about Georgia-Pacific’s efforts as a partner of IHTI, click here.
Abraham J. and Phyllis Katz Foundation
Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation
Atlanta Chapter of the Links, Inc.
Atlanta Falcons Football Club, LLC
Bank of America Charitable Foundation
David, Helen and Marian Woodward Fund – Atlanta
Elizabeth Baptist Church
National Football League (NFL)
R. Howard Dobbs Jr. Foundation
Robert and Polly Dunn Foundation