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
Forensic Pediatrician, Board Member and Consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Trafficking Survivor and longtime victim advocate, author and founder of several organizations which address systemic issues that foster exploitation of children
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 the Director of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation on February 18, 2019 by Governor Kemp. In this position, he leads an agency of over 900 employees. Mr. Reynolds is the former District Attorney of Cobb County, where he was elected twice. He has also served as a police officer, as the former Chief Magistrate Judge of Cobb County, and he was a partner in the law firm of Berry and Reynolds. He has been published in both local and national print, and he is the author of Georgia Objections at Trial, which is currently in its second edition.
In July, 2020, the GBI launched a new Human Exploitation and Traffic Unit exclusively dedicated to going after sex traffickers in the state.
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
Dr. Sharon Cooper is a Developmental and Forensic Pediatrician who cares for children and select adults with different abilities, as well as those who have been victims of maltreatment. Dr. Cooper retired from the United States Army with the rank of Colonel and holds adjunct faculty positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine and the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences at Bethesda, Maryland. She has provided numerous lectures to medical, nursing, mental health, judicial, social science, and investigative agencies, including the National Judicial College, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Australian Federal Police, and INTERPOL. Her primary areas of expertise include all areas of child maltreatment, child torture and child sexual exploitation.
Dr. Cooper has published numerous chapters on the subject of child sexual exploitation and is the lead editor of one of the most comprehensive texts in the U.S. on this subject. She works with victims and families of children who have been the prey of all types of online and offline exploitation. She is a Board member and consultant to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and for more than a decade has taught several thousand special victim units and vice investigators about victim vulnerability, health impact, and diverse forms of exploitation in sex trafficking
Lisa C. Williams is an entrepreneur, author, philanthropist, and trafficking survivor. Not only did she find her own freedom from a life of trauma and sexual exploitation but has freed countless others like herself. In 1999, Ms. Williams founded Circle of Friends; Celebrating Life, Inc. to educate, equip and empower women to live free of violence, as they served other women and girls. From those beginnings, Living Water for Women was founded in 2005, followed by Living Water for Girls and the Living Water Learning Resource Center in 2007; all programs which address systemic issues that make girls and young women more vulnerable to exploitation. Over the years, Ms. Williams helped to spare the lives of over 230 children and countless young women. Through these intensive programs, Lisa developed what the Federal Bureau of Investigation called "one of the most comprehensive, rehabilitative programs for child victims of sex trafficking in the country."
Ms. Williams is a veteran of both the United States Air Force and Army who honorably served our country as a commissioned military officer (petroleum surveillance engineer). A sought-after speaker and trainer, Ms. Williams has been called on to give keynote addresses including thought leadership and experience on trafficking and sexual exploitation, self-care for women leaders, community collaboration, transformation and hope. Among those highlights: in 2013 Williams spoke at the United Nations 57th Commission on the Status of Women on the topic: The Elimination of Violence against Women and Girls . Invited back March 13, 2015, Lisa spoke at the United Nations 59th Commission on the Status of Women on the topic: Unfinished Business from the Beijing Platform for Action . Lisa had the distinct honor to speak at the White House on the topic: Eradicating Modern Day Slavery. Ms. Williams was instrumental in bringing Rachel’s Law to Georgia. First passed by the Georgia General Assembly in 2015, it was incorporated into the state constitution through a ballot vote in November, 2016, and provides a safe harbor for sexually exploited children.