STATEMENT FROM CEO
Former Employee Arrested
February 20, 2020
On the evening of February 18, 2020, Atlanta Dream Center was devastated to learn that a recently-hired member of our marketing team was arrested on sex trafficking charges. This individual is no longer employed with Atlanta Dream Center, effective February 19th. We will cooperate fully with law enforcement throughout its investigation as we aggressively conduct our own internal investigation to ensure that justice, safety, and healing are accomplished. All employees of Atlanta Dream Center submit to a stringent three-tiered vetting process which includes interviews, references, and a national criminal background check. This protocol was followed with the former employee in question. This employee’s role on the marketing team did not entail direct client service and did not allow access to any client information.
Since incorporating in 2006, Atlanta Dream Center has worked effectively to combat sex trafficking by assisting more than 1,400 victims throughout Georgia and Ohio, offering prevention programs for those most at risk in Fulton County, and supporting law enforcement and victim advocacy agencies nationwide. Given our commitment to protecting the most vulnerable in society, we are angered and heartbroken by the actions of those who exploit, trap, coerce, force, or manipulate any individual into performing a sexual act.
As we proactively bring the issue with this former employee to resolve with swift, thorough action and constant prayer, we continue our daily work on the frontlines to rescue individuals trapped in the darkness of sex trafficking and homelessness, and prevent the most vulnerable in society, our children, from falling victim. In the first seven weeks of 2020, Atlanta Dream Center has rescued 32 victims out of sex trafficking and homelessness and provided prevention programming across metro Atlanta.
Dan Palmer, CEO
Atlanta Dream Center
About Atlanta Dream Center
In the 21st century, far too many people are trapped in the darkness of sex trafficking and homelessness. Since incorporating in 2006, Atlanta Dream Center has served on the frontlines of rescuing men and women out of sex trafficking and homelessness and preventing vulnerable children from falling victim. The Atlanta Dream Center has assisted more than 1,400 victims out of sex trafficking and transitioned 952 men, women, and children out of homelessness. Since 2018, the faith-based nonprofit has provided prevention programming to more than 600 youth facing adversity in overlooked communities throughout Metro Atlanta. In the first seven weeks of 2020, Atlanta Dream Center has rescued 32 victims out of sex trafficking and homelessness and provided prevention programming across metro Atlanta.
Atlanta Dream Center has developed a prototype for outreach, rescue, and emergency safe housing in the fight against sex trafficking that is sought after nationally. The organization has provided training to law enforcement, fire departments, emergency rooms, and judges; helped lead anti-trafficking efforts around large events like the Super Bowl in numerous cities; and advocated for state legislative and policy changes that have seen Georgia rise from the grade of a “C” to having the 4th best laws in the nation, according to Shared Hope International. Atlanta Dream Center holds a Gold Level ranking from GuideStar, the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations and serves under the leadership of an 11-member Board of Directors comprised of business leaders throughout greater Atlanta.
Please direct all inquiries to:
Elyssia Pribble | Chief Operating Officer
Atlanta Dream Center
PO BOX 54537 Atlanta, GA 30308