On August 29, Charlie Augello, Griff Ransom and Louise Barden attended the GRACE Commission Meeting at the Georgia Public Training Center in Forsyth (city) GA.
The Georgians for Refuge, Action, Compassion, and Education Commission (GRACE) was created to combat the threat of human trafficking in the State of Georgia. The GRACE Commission is comprised of public officials, law enforcement, for-profit and non-profit organizations, faith-based institutions, and subject matter experts who tackle human trafficking, seek justice for victims, hold bad actors accountable, and end human trafficking.
First Lady Marty Kemp opened the meeting during which Vic Reynolds (Director, GBI), Chris Carr (Attorney General), Michelle Wallace (Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Grady Memorial Hospital), Professor Jonathan Tobres (GSU School of Law) and others shared their efforts to help end human trafficking.
Public comments and a question and answer period followed.
Representatives of the Roswell, Alpharetta and Buckhead Rotary Clubs and Dave McCleary, Vice chair Rotary Action Group Against Slavery and member of the GRACE commission also attended. Several trafficking survivors provided comments and strongly urged the commission to invite a survivor to join the commission.