A Virtual Event
The Atlanta Council on International Relations
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
International Women's Think Tank
Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation
Community Affairs Manager, Department of Aviation Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport
Dr. Sharon Cooper
Pediatrician and Founder/CEO of Developmental and Forensic Pediatrics, P. A.
About the Event
Long recognized as a pervasive plague on modern society, the trafficking of human beings for purposes of exploitation remains a worldwide challenge to countries and states even in the midst of the Covid-19 Pandemic.
Join us for this highly informative and compelling look at the current efforts to curtail human trafficking as well as the structures in place to provide victims of sexual exploitation with a path to recovery. This panel of experts will focus on the ways we are dealing with this worldwide challenge in the state of Georgia.
To educate our audience on the degree to which human trafficking persists as a challenge around the world, and particularly in Georgia, and to provide an action plan for those who wish to engage and be part of solutions.
About the Panelists
Vic Reynolds was appointed as the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on February 18, 2019 by Governor Brian Kemp. In this capacity, he directs an agency of over 900 employees.
Vic is the former District Attorney of Cobb County, Georgia where he was elected twice to serve in this capacity. He is also the former Chief Magistrate Judge of Cobb County and a former partner in the law firm of Berry and Reynolds.
Vic serves as the Co-Chair of the GRACE Commission, created to combat the threat of human trafficking in Georgia. The GRACE Commission is comprised of public officials, law enforcement, for-profit and non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, and subject matter experts to tackle human trafficking, seek justice for victims, and hold bad actors accountable.
Tracy Gilbert is Hartsfield-Jackson’s Community Affairs manager in the Office of Public Affairs Division. She leads ATL’s community outreach efforts, and oversees the Airport’s signature community outreach campaigns that include ATL’s Human Trafficking Campaign, aimed at increasing public awareness of the movement of exploited children through the world’s busiest airport.
She joined the Hartsfield-Jackson team in 2004, serving as the Airport’s Special Events/Programs Manager supporting the Intergovernmental Affairs Business Unit. In this role, Tracy managed Hartsfield-Jackson’s “Partners in Education” program, an outreach initiative with local school and community groups as well as special events. Ms. Gilbert had several notable accomplishments in this position including the openings of numerous new and renovated facilities over a ten-year period.
Ms. Gilbert earned a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Mass Communications/Public Relations from Fort Valley State University. She is also a graduate of Marriott Hotels and Resorts International Foundations of Leadership.
Dr. Sharon Cooper
Sharon Cooper is the CEO of Developmental & Forensic Pediatrics, P.A., a consulting firm that provides medical care to children with developmental disabilities, as well as medical care, research and training, and expert witness testimony in cases of child maltreatment. Dr. Cooper holds faculty positions at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill-School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences in Bethesda, Maryland. She spent 21 years in the United States Army, retiring as a Colonel.
Dr. Cooper serves on the boards of several national and international organizations focused on violence against children. She has lectured both nationally and internationally in well over 300 conferences on the subject and has provided extensive training regarding sexual exploitation to representatives of more than 45 countries. Dr. Cooper has worked with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children providing victim-centered training for more than a decade and presently serves on the Board of Directors. She served on the National Task Force on Children Exposed to Violence at the request of the Attorney General of the United States. She also served as a member of the bipartisan Homeland Security Advisory Council on Children and Families for Customs and Border Protection regarding migrating populations from the Northern Triangle.
Dr. Cooper is the lead author of two comprehensive texts on child sexual exploitation and co-author of a book focused on the complexity of investigation, discovery and recovery of missing children and adults. She served on the International Working Group that published the landmark Survivor Survey of victims of abusive images, sponsored by the Canadian Centre for Child Protection. She is also the Executive Producer of the documentary Not Just Pictures, which delves into the extraordinary victim impact of abusive images and other types of sexual exploitation.