The Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force:
Connecting Atlanta’s Business Community for a Common Cause
HBE orchestrated a partnership with the Rotary Club of Atlanta to create the Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, of which Ted would serve as chair. With Ted at the helm, the Task Force would then go on to engage Atlanta’s business community with regularly scheduled roundtables, summits, best practices workshops and training programs. Each event would serve to continuously disseminate the mission and encourage and educate business leaders about what they could each do individually and as a corporation to fight human trafficking.
HBE implemented all logistics, secured venues, food, speakers, media and attendees for each of these events. In addition, HBE provided full communications support, sending media alerts, press releases, alerting internal stakeholders of the Rotary Club of Atlanta and Greenberg Traurig of the events, securing their attendance, and more. HBE was on-site for each of these events to ensure everything ran smoothly and to help with media as needed.
Ted Blum is the Managing Shareholder of longtime HBE cliente Greenberg Traurig LLP. And when he discovered that Atlanta was one of the world’s largest thoroughfares for human trafficking, he was distraught. Ted turned to HBE for help in rallying Atlanta’s most influential leaders, companies and civic organizations to not only create awareness of the issue, but to devise a strategy that would set the wheels in motion for eradicating human trafficking for good
The ongoing campaign placed Ted at the forefront and drew participation from leaders of top companies including Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola and UPS. The roundtable luncheons expanded this conversion with nearly 50 individual companies in attendance. Speakers at these luncheons were able to provide a 360-degree perspective on the issue and included survivors, local law enforcement, city of Atlanta officials and nonprofit members to expand on the issue and answer any questions attendees may have had.
In 2020, the Task Force created the Anti-Human Trafficking Report to recognize the great work that has been done and continues to happen in Atlanta. More than 20 of Atlanta’s organizations were highlighted in the report showcasing what each organization had accomplished in the fight against human trafficking. By uniting major corporations, Atlanta had an opportunity to be an example for other cities to continue to lead in the fight against human trafficking in our city and beyond. Ted was also featured in an Atlanta Business Chronicle article, “Greenberg Traurig’s Blum rallies companies to fight human trafficking.”
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