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Freedom Drivers Project Impacts Human Trafficking Crisis

Freedom Drivers Project

Freedom Drivers Project

With yesterday’s passing of bill S. 178, known as The Justice for Victims of Human Trafficking Act of 2015, American society has taken one step closer to fighting such atrocities against humanity.

Unanimously passing in the Senate by a vote of 99-0, the bill focuses on providing justice for the victims of trafficking as well as additional support in combating the illegal trade.

Based out of Englewood, Colorado, Truckers Against Trafficking continues their drive to educate, inform, train and bring help and solutions to combat domestic human trafficking. With their first-of-its-king mobile exhibit, The Freedom Drivers Project travels the country providing an inside look into human trafficking by offering educational information for trucking professionals and the general public as well.

Beginning as an initiative of Chapter 61 Ministries in 2009 and officially becoming a 501(c)3 organization in 2011, Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) continues to have an impact on the atrociousness of human trafficking. Most recently, Conway Truckload driver, Kevin Kimmel “made the call” which led to the rescue of a young lady who had been kidnapped out of Iowa. Mr. Kimmel was recognized on April 3, 2015 when Truckers Against Trafficking presented the driver with their 2015 Harriet Tubman Award.

Additionally on yesterday, the same day of the passing of bill S. 178, Truckers Against Trafficking received the Suzanne McDaniel Memorial Award for Public Awareness as part of the annual Congressional Victims’ Rights Caucus Awards at the Rayburn House Office Building in Washington, D. C.

TAT was chosen for the award by U. S. Representative Ted Poe (R, TX). Bill Brady, an 18-year veteran over-the-road truck driver for Lodestar, accepted the award on behalf of TAT. A dedicated trucker against trafficking, Brady has been working with TAT since 2012, speaking at schools and colleges, working trucking shows for TAT and often driving the Freedom Drivers Project to various locations around the country.

Kylla Lanier

Kylla Lanier

Kylla Lanier, Deputy Director of Truckers Against Trafficking joined us as our special guest on Ask The Trucker “LIVE”  on Saturday, April 25.

Mrs. Lanier discussed the continual efforts of Truckers Against Trafficking, more on The Freedom Drivers Project and shared the successful stories of professional truckers who are “making the call” and saving lives, plus much more.

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By: Allen Smith

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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