Noel Thomas outlines how the financial industry can disrupt human trafficking using real world examples of criminal organizations. Noel gives tips and tricks on utilizing data to identify traffickers and the flow of illicit funds. Noel’s company, Zero Trafficking, is bringing innovative solutions to the frontlines of the anti-trafficking fight with digital intelligence. As a nexus crime, human trafficking is inextricably linked to other criminal organizations from drug trafficking to terrorists and money launderers. With this intelligence, banks can save their organization from fines and increase goodwill with customers.
In 2007, Noel Thomas was touring internationally with his rock band when someone passed him a flyer raising awareness about human trafficking. The reality of people in bondage and modern-day slavery had a profound impact on Noel. This moment became the genesis of Noel’s fight against human trafficking. While Noel was in India, researching trafficking brothels he witnessed law enforcement facilitate the sale of a little girl. That moment solidified Noel’s journey to fight human trafficking. While he is still an avid bass guitarist, Noel went on to found a non-profit raising awareness about human trafficking in the United States. His work in the community led to his appointment as the Statewide Anti-Trafficking Coordinator for Florida’s Department of Children and Families.
After working with several state and federal task forces in Florida, Noel saw a lack of technology and analytics to support the dismantling of Human traffickers. Zero Trafficking seeks to fill that gap in the counter trafficking fight. Noel founded Zero Trafficking out of his personal faith and conviction that led him to have a heart for the oppressed and marginalized.
In 2015, Noel was appointed chairman of the human trafficking task force in Orlando and in 2021 he was appointed to the Blockchain Cryptocurrency Committee in Arizona.
Noel’s career has consisted of researching, educating on, coordinating, and managing the development of unique counter-trafficking solutions. His roles in Florida’s anti-trafficking work included gathering human trafficking intelligence from the deep and clear web and compiling detailed analysis briefs; coordinating that intelligence for raids, which included interfacing with federal law enforcement; and working with state and federal legislators to develop better counter-trafficking policies. His more recent work has included educating specialists on terror and trafficking networks, training technical fields for identification, and developing pilot programs as he works to manage the development of counter-trafficking technology and data solutions.
Recorded on Tue, August 23, 2022 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST