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FBI Names Mark Elam of OATH Coalition Oklahoman of the Year for His Work to End Human Trafficking in OK

Nov. 17, 2010
For Immediate Release
Kim Weems
Federal Bureau of Investigations
FBI “Citizen of the Year”

Award Presentation

Wednesday November 17th, 2010 – 10:00 am

Oklahoma Attorney Generals Office

313 NE 21st St., OKC, OK


OATH Coalition

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma- Nov. 17th, 2010 –  10:00 am – Oklahoma resident will receive award from FBI special agents at the Oklahoma Attorney Generals Office this Wensday morning in recognition of outstanding humanitarian service to his community though efforts in creating the Oklahoma Coalition to fight human trafficking and bring awareness to professionals thoughout the state concerning this crime.

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Mark Elam, Founder OATH Coalition

After learning about human trafficking in 2005, Mr. Elam traveled to India, South Asia and the Philippines to work with organizations that rescue girls from sex trafficking.  His international organization, Angel Eyes, helps support safe houses and prevention centers in Thailand, Cambodia and the Philippines with teams on the ground working to rescue and restore victims of sex trafficking.  While raising awareness and support for the global problem, Mr. Elam discovered that human trafficking and child sex trafficking is happening here in America as well.

Mr. Elam visited several of the Dept. of Justice Task Force cities to learn from them what our federal government is doing to combat this problem here in America… and then implemented that plan here in Oklahoma July 2008, forming the Coalition O.A.T.H. – Oklahomans Against Trafficking Humans.  In the first year of operation O.A.T.H. has partnered with over 80 federal, state and local organizations to service victims of trafficking found here in Oklahoma.  In February of 2009 O.A.T.H. was asked to become the state-wide coalition to bring awareness, education and training about the subject of human trafficking and to assist in networking law enforcement agencies, service providers, NGO’s, business leaders and the faith community in providing care for trafficking victims.

Additionally Mr. Elam gives oversite to the FBI Human Trafficking Task Force that meets monthly in Oklahoma City and the ICE Human Trafficking Task Force that meets in Tulsa where they are currently working active cases within our Oklahoma boarders.  Mark Elam travels throughout the state giving awareness 101 presentations and conducts human trafficking training workshops around the state for law enforcement, DHS, OJA, shelters, health clinics, social workers, college campuses, schools and churches.

To learn more about the Coalition and what they are doing to combat human trafficking in our state go to website and BLOG site

M3 New Media Note: You can follow OATH Coalition on Twitter and Fan on Facebook

Tune in to KOTV Tulsa 11/18/10 at 10 pm for the full story will Lori Fullbright

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