Telecommunications Workers are Combating Human Trafficking While on the Job

PR Newswire
Wednesday, July 10, 2024 at 2:45pm UTC

Telecommunications Workers are Combating Human Trafficking While on the Job

PR Newswire

The 3Strands Global Foundation TATE Program has reached all 50 states to equip telecom professionals with the knowledge they need to recognize and report human trafficking.

EL DORADO HILLS, Calif., July 10, 2024 /PRNewswire/ -- 3Strands Global Foundation (3SGF), a non-profit organization working towards a world free from human trafficking, has expanded its Telecommunications Against Trafficking and Exploitation (TATE) initiative to all 50 states as of June 21st, 2024. According to Josh Loaiza, TATE Program Lead, "More than 1,500 adults from 170 companies around the country have been trained through TATE. With the expansion to all 50 states, we should be able to expand the number of participants exponentially. We are grateful to Steven Toal of Cathedral Consulting in Providence, Rhode Island for helping us cross the finish line and get the last state checked off our list!"

This unique training program was developed for all telecommunications professionals, primarily field workers such as linemen and tower workers, who tend to travel frequently, some as many as 300 days each year. Participants are taught how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, who to notify when they encounter suspicious activity and how to report that information. Once they complete the 30 minute training they are officially RAN certified which stands for Recognize and Notify.

"When you think about it, these professionals are in hotels, businesses, private residences and on the road all day long. They have a unique vantage point and more opportunity than most people to recognize signs of human trafficking in progress", stated Ashlie Bryant, CEO of 3Strands Global Foundation. "That's why the TATE Program came to be. It was an opportunity to equip the tens of thousands of telecommunications industry professionals nationwide with the knowledge they need to help identify and report human trafficking while on the job."

The idea for the TATE Program was conceived after Kenny Blakeslee, CEO of Apex Site Solutions, saw Bryant speak at an event. He realized the impact that could be made if the telecom industry could learn more about human trafficking including how to recognize and report it. That's when he reached out to Ashlie and a partnership was formed. Apex Site Solutions is now one of the underwriting sponsors of the TATE Program.

"As a proud sponsor of the TATE Program through Apex Site Solutions, I've seen the incredible impact we can have in the fight against human trafficking," shared Blakeslee. " In the telecommunications industry, we have a unique opportunity to make a real difference. By educating our workforce to recognize and report trafficking, we're turning our daily operations into powerful tools for change. I encourage other businesses to join us in this crucial effort; together, we can create a safer world and protect those most vulnerable."

Another key partner in the TATE Program is Jim Tracy, Keynote Speaker and Founder of Legacy Telecommunications. As a Governor of the National Wireless Safety Alliance and President of the Tower Family Foundation, Jim also immediately recognized the fact that telecom workers were in a unique position to recognize and report human trafficking as it was happening. "Crafting a way in which our industry can have an immediate impact by identifying signs of exploitation and assisting people impacted by trafficking made it an easy choice when it came to launching TATE alongside 3Strands Global and their efforts to end human trafficking" said Tracy.

For more information or to inquire about the TATE Program, contact 3Strands Global Foundation at, try out the training at: or call 916-365-2606.

About 3Strands Global Foundation
3Strands Global Foundation is a non-profit organization working towards a world free from human trafficking. Through their PROTECT prevention education program, they have educated millions of students on how to stay safe from human trafficking and exploitation. Their Employ + Empower program has provided support and economic empowerment for over 1,000 survivors. Visit their website at to learn more about their mission and how you can help.

Cision View original content to download multimedia:

SOURCE 3Strands Global Foundation