Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), an organization dedicated to educating, equipping, empowering and mobilizing the trucking industry to fight human trafficking, has received its nonprofit status from the Internal Revenue Service, making it a 501c3 organization.
Originally started as an initiative of Chapter 61 Ministries (www.chapter61.com) in 2009, TAT now requires a greater investment of people, resources and financial capital to help it realize its goal.
Kendis Paris, Chapter 61 member and former TAT national coordinator, has assumed TAT’s leadership role as full-time national director and will head up the newly elected TAT board of directors, composed of trucking industry members as well as abolition activists. Kylla Leeburg will continue to serve as social media coordinator.
Board members include Christy Beaton, retired attorney and non-profit volunteer; Molly Wolff, abolition activist; Brad Riley, president of iEmpathize, an abolitionist organization working in art and media; Scott Weidner, president of Transport of Christ, Inc.; Dave Nemo, voice of Dave Nemo Entertainment; Sam Smith, TA travel center franchise owner and member of the National Association of Truck Stop Operators Foundation; and Mark Brown, instructor at Central Tech, a publicly funded truck driving school.
As a result of this action and so its members can devote sufficient thought, time and energies to TAT, Chapter 61 Ministries will be dissolved by the end of the year. For more information on TAT, go to www.truckersagainsttrafficking.com.