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Our Human Trafficking Team

GCP’s ‘Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons’ ( is a borderless international GCP sub-program of dedicated to ending contemporary slavery and human trafficking through public awareness, prevention, detection, interdiction, prosecutorial assist, and rehabilitative services for the victims.

ITEMP works in conjunction with regional and national governments and international law enforcement agencies, and other non-profit and community-based organizations.

GCP’s founder and executive director Patrick Atkinson founded the ‘Institute for Trafficked, Exploited, & Missing Persons’ in 2001 after first-hand witnessing a mass kidnapping of villagers in Africa, during which he was held at gunpoint.

During the 2000’s, ITEMP experienced tremendous growth and professional and public acceptance, and was one of the foremost contemporary anti-human trafficking organizations in the United States. During this time, Patrick gave an average of 150 human trafficking awareness presentations, keynotes, training seminars, and university guest lectures per year, across North, Central, and South America. Patrick is still in high-demand for group and university presentations, talk shows, and written articles, though his time is availability is much tighter.

Today ITEMP is an international coalition of volunteers and professionals who work together to raise social awareness about human trafficking, online and community safety, safe dating, and crisis communications, work directly with active human trafficking victims in the Minneapolis and Central America regions, and develop programs dedicated to the prevention, protection of victims, and prosecution of aggressors worldwide.