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Patrick Atkinson God's Child

Founder of GOD'S CHILD and ITEMP

Patrick Atkinson God's Child
Minneapolis United States (Minnesota)
Professional Status
About Me
Patrick Atkinson is a world-renowned humanitarian who has served as executive director of The GOD'S CHILD Project since founding the organization 1991. In addition to leading GOD'S CHILD, Patrick Atkinson serves as executive director of La Asociación Nuestros Ahijados and the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (ITEMP), the latter of which he established in 2001 as one of the first US-based contemporary anti-human-trafficking groups.

As part of his work with ITEMP, Mr. Atkinson conducts multiple presentations worldwide on human-trafficking awareness, detection, rescue, and prosecution. Bilingual in English and Spanish, he also acts as a consultant to various public-sector agencies. His achievements include organizing Central America’s first Human Trafficking Awareness Congress, which took place in 2005.

In recognition of his humanitarian and anti-human-trafficking efforts, he has earned awards and honors such as the Guatemalan Congressional Medal of Honor, knighthood from the Spanish Legion, commendations from the US Congress and Presidents Bush and Obama, and the Bismarck City Human Rights Commission's Humanitarian Award. His life and career was depicted in the biography The Dream Maker, written by Monica Hannan.

Executive Director

The GOD'S CHILD Project
Since January 1991

Executive Director

Asociacion Nuestros Ahijados
Since January 1991

Executive Director

Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons (
Since January 2001


Regis University


Minnesota State University - Moorhead


Minnesota State University - Moorhead

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