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Truck Driver Kevin Kimmel Received 2015 Harriet Tubman Award from Truckers Against Trafficking

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Con-way Truckload driver Kevin Kimmel from Tavares, Florida has been named the 2015 Harriet Tubman award winner by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT)

Con-way Truckload driver Kevin Kimmel from Tavares, Florida has been named the 2015 Harriet Tubman award winner by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) SOURCE Truckers Against Trafficking

 

Kevin Kimmel received the Harriet Tubman Award from Truckers Against Trafficking at a ceremony on April 3rd.  He also has been announced as a TCA Highway Angel.

Below is the Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) press release. Kylla Lanier, deputy director for Truckers Against Trafficking , will be our guest on AskTheTrucker “Live’ on April 25th 6PM ET on Blog Talk Radio. Kylla will be  sharing the outstanding accomplishments of TAT and the heroic actions of our nations drivers, who have saved so many innocent lives from the atrocities of human trafficking.


Truck Driver Kevin Kimmel to Receive 2015 Harriet Tubman Award from Truckers Against Trafficking

TAVARES, Fla., April 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Con-way Truckload driver Kevin Kimmel from Tavares, Florida has been named the 2015 Harriet Tubman award winner by Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) for his actions which saved a woman from torture and modern-day slavery.

The award, which carries with it a $2,500 check, is named in honor of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, whose courageous personal actions resulted in the transportation of 300 slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad and whose overall role in the freedom movement was instrumental in the freeing of thousands more. Born into slavery in 1820, Miss Tubman was the first African American woman buried with full military honors and the first to have the inaugural Liberty ship named after her – the SS Harriet Tubman – by the US Maritime Commission.

“Because of Harriet Tubman’s connection to transportation through the Underground Railroad and her heroic work to free thousands of slaves, TAT believes she epitomizes the symbol of freedom a trucking anti-trafficking award represents,” said Kendis Paris, TAT executive director.  “And we’re proud to say that Con-way Truckload partners with TAT in the training of their employees with TAT materials. To date, they’ve trained over 1500 of their employees. Driver Kevin Kimmel’s actions in reporting the suspicious activity he saw while resting at a truck stop is exactly the type of action we want to recognize with the Harriet Tubman award. This award was created to honor a member of the trucking industry each year whose direct actions help save or improve the lives of those enslaved or prevent human trafficking from taking place.”

On the morning of Jan. 6, 2015, Kimmel caught a glimpse of a distraught-looking young girl in the darkened window of an RV which had pulled into the New Kent, Virginia truck stop where Kimmel had stopped for some sleep.

Suddenly, her face was gone, almost as if it had been yanked away by someone.

Kimmel reported later to media that he, “saw a guy come up and knock on the door, then go inside the truck stop, then quickly came back and knocked again, all of the sudden the thing was rocking and rolling.”

He decided things didn’t looked right and called the police. When police responded, they found an Iowa couple in the RV, along with a 20-year-old malnourished and frightened young woman, who said the couple had kidnapped her two weeks earlier in Iowa, had physically and sexually abused her and then forced her into prostitution. The couple was arrested and charged with sex trafficking.

Kimmel, who has daughters and granddaughters, learned the gruesome details of the case through the news. “I’m just happy I helped her,” he said.

Kevin Kimmel received the Harriet Tubman Award from Mark Brown, TAT Board president, and Kylla Lanier, TAT deputy director, at a special ceremony at Con-way Truckload's headquarters in Joplin, Missouri on the morning of April 3. SOURCE Truckers Against Trafficking

Kevin Kimmel received the Harriet Tubman Award from Mark Brown, TAT Board president, and Kylla Lanier, TAT deputy director, at a special ceremony at Con-way Truckload’s headquarters in Joplin, Missouri on the morning of April 3.
SOURCE Truckers Against Trafficking

Kimmel will receive the Harriet Tubman Award and the check from Mark Brown, TAT Board president, and Kylla Lanier, TAT deputy director, at a special ceremony at Con-way Truckload’s headquarters in Joplin, Missouri on the morning of April 3. At that same ceremony, he will be awarded the Truckload Carrier Association’s Highway Angel Award

 

 

For more information on TAT’s Harriet Tubman Award, go to

Truckers Against Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking

Truckers Against Trafficking is a 501c3 organization whose mission is to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the trucking industry to fight human trafficking as part of their everyday jobs.

www.truckersagainsttrafficking.org

SOURCE Truckers Against Trafficking

Kevin Kimmel also received the  TCA Highway Angel Award  read more

 


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Allen Smith is a 37 year veteran who started at an early age in a household goods family moving business. He began driving straight trucks in 1977 and moved to the big rigs in 1982. His experience within the industry includes; owner operator, company driver, operations manager, and owner of a long distance HHG moving business, taking many of the long haul moves himself when needed. Allen Smith, a truck driver advocate who is driven by the desire to help others succeed within an industry where injustice, unrewarded sacrifice, and lack of respect and recognition exists. Allen and his wife Donna are hosts of Truth About Trucking ”Live” on Blog Talk Radio. Other websites include AskTheTrucker, TruckingSocialMedia, NorthAmericanTruckingALerts, TruthAboutTrucking, and many Social Media websites. In 2011 Allen and Donna hosted the first Truck Driver Social Media Convention, designed to create unity and solutions for the trucking industry. This is now being extended through the North American Trucking Alerts network as those within the industry join forces for the betterment of the industry. Allen strongly supports other industry advocates who are also stepping up to the plate to help those who share honesty, guidance and direction. He believes that all those involved in trucking need to be accountable for their part within the industry, including drivers, carriers, brokers, shippers, receivers, etc… The list of supporters and likeminded people grow daily, networking together and sharing thoughts and ideas for the betterment of trucking. He has coined the popular phrase "Raising the standards of the trucking industry"

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  1. Allen Smith

    Because of the heroic actions of Mr.Kevin Kimmel, the following arrests and press release were made possible.

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
    Friday, May 1, 2015
    Iowa Couple Pleads Guilty to Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion

    Defendants admit to torturing and prostituting a woman

    RICHMOND, Va. – Aldair Hodza, 36, and Laura Sorensen, 31, of Clive, Iowa, pleaded guilty today to charges of Sex Trafficking by Force, Fraud, or Coercion, and Interstate Transportation of a Person for Prostitution.

    On January 6, 2015, New Kent County Sheriff’s Deputies and Virginia State Police troopers responded to a call at a gas station in Providence Forge, Virginia after a call by a concerned truck driver who observed suspicious behavior at the RV.

    Read entire Press Release

    http://www.justice.gov/usao-edva/pr/iowa-couple-pleads-guilty-sex-trafficking-force-fraud-or-coercion

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