Telecom workers fight against human trafficking at work

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 up to 300 days a year. Participants learn how to recognize the signs of human trafficking, who to notify when they encounter suspicious activity, and how to report this 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 work in hotels, businesses, private residences and are on the road all day. They have a unique perspective and a greater ability than most people to recognize the signs of human trafficking taking place,” said Ashlie BryantCEO of 3Strands Global Foundation. “That’s why the TATE program was created. It was an opportunity to provide the tens of thousands of telecommunications professionals across the country with the knowledge they need to help them identify and report human trafficking in the line of duty.”

The idea for the TATE program was conceived after Kenny BlakesleeCEO of Apex Site Solutions, saw Bryant speak at an event. He realized the impact it could have if the telecommunications 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 an underwriting sponsor of the TATE program.

“As a proud sponsor of the TATE program through Apex Site Solutions, I have seen first-hand the incredible impact we can have in the fight against human trafficking,” said Blakeslee. “In the telecommunications industry, we have a unique opportunity to make a real difference. By educating our workforce on recognizing and reporting trafficking, we are transforming our daily operations into powerful tools for change. I encourage other companies to join us in this critical effort; together, we can create a safer world and protect the most vulnerable.”

Another key partner of the TATE programme is Jim TracyKeynote 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 that telecommunications workers were in a unique position to recognize and report human trafficking as it was happening. “Developing a way for our industry to make an immediate impact by identifying signs of exploitation and helping those affected by trafficking made it an easy choice to launch TATE alongside 3Strands Global and their efforts to end human trafficking,” said Tracy.

For more information or to enquire about the TATE program, contact the 3Strands Global Foundation at (protected email)try the training on: or call 916-365-2606.

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

SOURCE 3Strands Global Foundation