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Upcoming events

    • 10/26/2020
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 10/27/2020
    • 7:00 PM (EDT)
    • A Virtual Summit

    Sponsored by:

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    • 10/29/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (EDT)
    • Webinar
    • 74

    Bruce Zagaris will present a  webinar on:


    About the Webinar

    Today companies and individuals face a host of white collar crime threats from all over the world. Transnational criminals are taking advantage of the pandemic to develop new frauds in PPE and medicines and acquire businesses. Using encrypted phone networks, they have anonymity to engage in drug and human trafficking. Increasingly, criminals network with each other and converge their crimes. The range of criminals more frequently includes state actors, such as China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran. Governments and companies are challenged to develop their own enforcement networks and regimes to prevent these new crimes, dismantle the criminal networks, and prosecute the criminals.

    About Bruce Zagaris

    Bruce Zagaris is a partner with the law firm of Berliner, Corcoran & Rowe, LLP, Washington, D.C. His criminal work has included counseling businesses on anti-corruption and anti-money laundering and preparing due diligence programs. He regularly testifies as an expert in international criminal cases involving evidence gathering, extradition, prisoner transfers, money laundering and tax crimes, and counseling of witnesses for grand jury investigations. Since 1985, he has edited the INTERNATIONAL ENFORCEMENT LAW REPORTER. He has been an adjunct professor of law at several law schools. He has authored and edited several books, including INTERNATIONAL WHITE COLLAR CRIME: CASES AND MATERIALS (2d ed. Cambridge U. Press, 2015), INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW with Jordan Paust et al (4th ed. Carolina Academic Press, 2013) and hundreds of articles on international law.

    He has represented various governments and international organizations on international financial services, transparency, and financial regulatory issues. For several governments he has advised on and participated in negotiations with respect to income tax treaties, tax information exchange agreements, and mutual assistance in criminal matters treaties. Since 1981, he has registered under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. He has testified several times in Congress on international tax, financial services, and international evidence gathering issues. He has authored FOREIGN INVESTMENT IN U.S. REAL ESTATE (Praeger Press 1979).

    • 11/18/2020
    • 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (EST)
    • Webinar
    • 96


    A Virtual Event


    Presented by:

    The Atlanta Council on International Relations

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    International Women's Think Tank


    Vic Reynolds

    Director, Georgia Bureau of Investigation

    Tracy Gilbert

    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

    Lisa Williams

    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.

    Our objectives:

    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

    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 

    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 Williams

    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.

    Contact information:

    Vic Reynolds


    Tracy Gilbert



    Sharon Cooper



    Lisa Williams


    • 12/08/2020
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (EST)
    • Webinar
    • 98

    Chargé d'Affaires James Story will present a  webinar on:


    A Members Only Event - This event is complimentary for ACIR members

    About the Webinar

    On March 31, 2020, the United States introduced the Democratic Transition Framework for Venezuela as a roadmap for Venezuelans to achieve a peaceful, democratic transition. Since its announcement, 34 countries around the world have endorsed the proposal. During this encounter, Chargé d’Affaires James Story will discuss U.S. relations with Venezuela, U.S. support for Interim President Juan Guaidó and the democratically elected National Assembly, as well as the humanitarian and economic crisis brought about by Nicolás Maduro that Venezuelans are currently facing.

    About James Story

    James “Jimmy” Story is the Chargé d’ Affaires, for the Venezuela Affairs Unit, located at the United States Embassy in Bogota, Colombia.

    Most recently, Mr. Story served as Chargé d’ Affaires at the United States Embassy in Caracas, Venezuela, until the temporary suspension of operations and the withdrawal of diplomatic personnel due to security concerns.

    Previously, Mr. Story served as Consul General in Rio de Janeiro. Other recent positions include Director of the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) Office for the Western Hemisphere, Director of INL Office in Bogota, Colombia, and Senior Civilian Representative in Southeastern Afghanistan.

    A career Senior Foreign Service Officer, Mr. Story has also served in Sao Paulo as the Deputy Principal Officer and Political-Economic Chief; Brasilia as the Regional Environmental Affairs Director for South America; Washington D.C. in the Office of Marine Conservation in the OES Bureau; Maputo Mozambique as Economic-Political officer; Guadalajara, Mexico as a Consular Officer; and at the U.S. Mission to the United Nations as the Ambassador’s staff assistant. He is the recipient of numerous State Department and interagency awards including the Superior and Meritorious Honor Awards, the Department of the Army Superior Civilian Service Award, and the Warren Christopher Award for Outstanding Achievement in Global Affairs.

    Mr. Story grew up in the small town of Moncks Corner, South Carolina and graduated with a B.A./B.Sc. in interdisciplinary studies from South Carolina College at the University of South Carolina. He also received a M.Sc. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University. He speaks Portuguese and Spanish. He is married to Susan West Story, and they have one son, James McKelvey “Mac” Story.


the capital city club

The ACIR frequently meets at the Capital City Club located at 7 John Portman Boulevard, Atlanta, GA 30303. Please note that the venue is subject to change and will be announced accordingly. Complimentary valet parking is available.

Directions from I-75/I-85 Northbound

Exit at International Boulevard (Exit 249C). Go west four blocks and turn right on Spring Street. Go north one block. Turn right onto John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street. The Capital City Club is on the left. 

Directions from I-75/I-85 Southbound

Exit at Williams Street (Exit 249C). Turn left on John Portman Boulevard at Historic Harris Street. Go east one (1) block, crossing Spring Street. The Capital City Club is on the left.