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Welcome to Driving Freedom, a TAT Podcast! As TAT works to educate, equip, empower and mobilize members of the truck, bus and energy industries to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs, we wanted to create a podcast that would serve as a helpful training tool to one of the largest mobile armies of eyes and ears out there on the roads seeking to recognize and report this heinous crime. Each short episode is designed to refresh critical issues learned and keep this life-saving ...
 
The Driving Standard is a grassroots automotive podcast featuring two car guys from very different backgrounds. Discussing everything from the ups and downs of day-to-day driving to setting land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Join Matt and Mike as they spend an hour every week talking about all things automotive.
 
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(c) Can Stock Photo / voronin76 Podcast Show Notes We’re back with Part 2 of the interview with Zach Smacher, about what it’s like for a new trucker in their first 6 months. We left off with a cliffhanger, so that’s where we’ll pick it back up. But first we’re going to talk about the... The post TD157: The First 6 Months Of Trucking – Part 2 appear…
 
One way victims of human trafficking can find a way out of “the life” is through interventions by ethical law enforcement. In this episode of Driving Freedom, we hear from retired Sgt. Dan Nash, who shares his wealth of knowledge and compassion from over 20 + years of working human trafficking cases. He provides some best practices in conducting un…
 
(c) Can Stock Photo / voronin76 Podcast Show Notes In today’s main topic, we’ve got the first part of a 2-part interview with a new trucker about his first six months in the industry. Lots of good info here for anyone looking to get into the industry. But first we’ve got a couple of recalls,... The post TD156: The First 6 Months Of Trucking – Part …
 
On this episode we dive into a topic not yet covered on Driving Freedom: labor trafficking. Transportation was number 10 in the list of Top 10 Industries associated with labor trafficking victims in the US on temporary visas that were reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline and BEFREE text line. Individuals exploited when an employer com…
 
What happens after that call is made? Can someone survive and thrive after such a traumatic past? Yes! Hear from two survivor leaders about their journeys of healing through art and how this creative activity has helped others. Courtney Baldwin and TAT’s own Liz Williamson share about their artistic creations and the way this outlet has provided a …
 
Podcast Show Notes Got a whopper of a show for you today, but once again, there is no main topic. I promise this isn’t a new trend. I’ve got some good things lined up for the next few episodes. But for now there’s a fairly long intro where I talk about my company’s hazmat issues,... The post TD155: Yes, More Trucking News appeared first on About Tr…
 
Dr. Nissi Hamilton, CEO of A Survivor's Voice of Victory, shares with us about racism and the systems it has created which lead to vulnerabilities with African Americans, Latinx, Indigenous and Asian women and girls that make them targets of traffickers. She shares her experience as a black woman survivor of human trafficking, including what led he…
 
In June, which is Pride Month, we want to acknowledge and work against the difficulties and discrimination faced by those in the queer community, which can make someone more vulnerable to trafficking. It’s ok to disagree with people, but no matter if or how we disagree, it’s important to make sure everyone is safe. That’s why it’s important to bett…
 
In this episode we sit down with one of our favorite guests Ronny Peters to discuss some of the insane lockdown rules regarding COVID-19 in Canada. One of the things Ronny uses is S.T.A.R. to help him through not only this difficult time with COVID but everyday in life.We also have some laughs telling a few funny personal stories from angry soccer …
 
Traffickers exploit any vulnerability they can find in their victims, whether that is trauma from past violence, isolation from support networks, language barriers, lack of familiarity with their surroundings, or simply their hopes and dreams for a better future. These vulnerabilities can be particularly heightened among immigrants and refugees, wh…
 
Podcast Show Notes We don’t have a main topic today, but we do have a mega crap ton of news, some listener feedback, and a fun contest that could win you $50. So about this news; we’ve got a handful of truck recalls, Canadian ELDs, lots of driverless trucks being ordered, some useful tips for... The post TD154: Trucking News And Free Stuff! appeare…
 
In our latest episode we talk about what replenishes your soul? For some it's reading, hiking, running, working out etc. Are we taking the time to replenish our soul? With all the things going on in the world right now one the most important things you can do is take care of yourself. Be your best self this year.…
 
Anti-sex trafficking programs and organizations across the US report that survivors on their caseload are overrepresented by youth or young adults from the foster care system. Some programs even report as high as 85% of the survivors getting services from their programs have had contact with the foster care system. Tune in to hear from Josie Feemst…
 
Unlike adults without consistent housing, youth are often pushed into homelessness directly, because of an already traumatic situation -- whether that is violence in the home or rejection by their family. Fresh off one traumatic situation, they are then targets of traffickers seeking to exploit the vulnerabilities that seem to grow exponentially ov…
 
Trafficking doesn’t happen instantaneously. Traffickers manipulate and trick their victims into thinking they want to be there or it’s their fault. This makes it much easier than trying to keep someone locked up against their will. This also means there is a time before the trafficking begins where we, as fellow youth, parents, and safe adults can …
 
(c) Can Stock Photo / lobzik Podcast Show Notes In today’s show, we discuss truckers and their taxes in an interview with Mason War, CEO and Co-Founder of COS Accounting & Tax. Mason has some tax advice for all truckers as the tax deadline looms. He also explains the pros and cons of being a... The post TD153: Truckers And Tax Time appeared first o…
 
What if you are not an over-the-road driver or spend every night at home? Could you still be in a place to recognize and report human trafficking? Yes, local and regional drivers are still very much in locations to potentially intersect with victims of trafficking as you’ll hear from America's Road Team Captain and TAT Ambassador Tim Taylor, a road…
 
In our latest episode we talk about the dreaded topic cancel culture. It's a great conversation with some key points we make almost every episode, be a good human. No one is perfect and why is someone canceled for something they said 10 years ago? Our society has become addicted to outrage, everything upsets these people no matter what you do. If y…
 
THE DRIVING STANDARD Episode 36: Starting a Race Team Matt and Mike sit down in the studio to talk about the cons and cons of starting a racing team. The boys also take an in-depth look at a controversial topic now that Jeep is in hot water. Car Project Updates, Automotive News, Bad Car Advice, and more only on The Driving Standard!…
 
In this episode share some of our stories during our time in the military in particular the Ranger Indoctrination Program and Assessment Selection Course for Ranger Regimental Reconnaissance Company. Both demand the utmost from their candidates and in the end only a few remain standing tall and proud to have accomplished something only a fraction o…
 
Wondering about the prevalence of trafficking in Canada? Join us as we examine the issue of trafficking in Canada with a powerful survivor interview which highlights the reality of the situation, including a personal account of her experiences as a minor in Nova Scotia. Hear where it happened, how she was groomed by her family, the signs adults in …
 
Pornography is inextricably linked to sexual exploitation and sex trafficking. In 2020, TraffickingHub, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) and a New York Times article spotlighted the stories of individuals who were sex trafficked or sexually abused in videos shared on the now notorious website, Pornhub. Pornhub and other free porn …
 
In this episode we talk about a near ambush, how it relates in the military and civilian sector, and how we can better handle the situation when a near ambush comes our way. Why do military units train so much? To be the best at their job that they can possibly be. When we are ambushed or taken by surprise we tend to get startled, frustrated or ang…
 
The Driving Standard Episode 35: Rolex 24 at Daytona Matt and Mike sit down in the studio after a long holiday break to catch-up on car projects, news, and the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The boys also help with a 2013 Chevrolet Impala on Bad Car Advice.Apex Republic LLC による
 
You may have heard of a boomtown -- a town experiencing rapid growth due to prosperity -- in this case, prosperity due to oil. Have you heard how this sudden prosperity has also led to some unintended consequences related to human trafficking? Meet Kevin Ficke, one man who’s part of a network, facing off against traffickers who wish to exploit the …
 
(c) Can Stock Photo / tupungato Well, here we are again. It’s the start of a new year and we are all eager to see the craptastic crappy crapfest that was the year 2020 in our mirrors. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather use Tabasco sauce as eye drops than go through another... The post TD152: When Should You Look For A New Trucking Job? appeared…
 
“You are my hero.” That’s the sentiment we often hear when it comes to our Harriet Tubman Award winners, and it is who we know professional drivers to be. The Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) Harriet Tubman Award, presented by Protective Insurance, honors a member of the trucking, bus, or energy industry whose actions directly impacted the life o…
 
How do I know when to suspect human trafficking? In this episode, Trooper Zach Heard of the Illinois State Patrol shares his experiences roadside, so that we can be better informed on what behaviors could indicate trafficking. As a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Officer, Zach is roadside like you. Zach shares his observations of clothing, certain t…
 
In this episode Dan Blakely is back again with some great news. He has teamed up with his best friend Beau to write a book about military veterans and their transition out of the military into civilian life. Dan is going to take it a step further and start a business that consults with companies across the US to help bridge the gap between veterans…
 
We launch into one of our biggest conversations yet on this episode -- racism and human trafficking. Tanya Gould shares about her experiences as a black woman and what that has meant, not only for her own experience as a survivor of domestic sex trafficking, but for the experience of other survivors she’s worked with. Tanya is the founder of Identi…
 
Podcast Show Notes Got something a bit different for the main topic today. I had the opportunity to test Garmin’s newest truck GPS called the dēzl™ OTR1000, and I’ll share my thoughts in a video review. But first, lots of news to discuss including truck recalls, winter driving prep, and COVID vaccines, waivers, and how... The post TD151: In-Depth R…
 
The Driving Standard Episode 34: Jeep Rebuild & The Lemon Hosts Matt and Mike catch up on recent events such as rebuilding the 4.0L Jeep engine and buying a lemon. The boys also team up to help a Nissan Altima owner with a set of spark plugs on Bad Car Advice. Happy Holidays from everyone at The Driving Standard Podcast. We wish everyone a safe and…
 
Who better to have on our Truckers Against Trafficking podcast about professional truck drivers combating human trafficking than two professional truckers against trafficking themselves! Antoine Sadler, a Walmart Road Team Captain, and Barry Holland, a UPS Freight All-Star driver, join the Driving Freedom Podcast to share their experiences. Both ha…
 
Why call the NHTH at 1-888-3737-888 to report a tip when so many competing hotlines and reporting agency numbers abound? In this episode, Director of the National Human Trafficking, Megan Cutter, joins TAT to discuss the critical work hotline advocates do in tracking human trafficking data nationwide and how this leads to uncovering routes and hots…
 
In this episode we talk about expectations and a few funny stories to go along with all those expectations. We all have expectations but if we don't vocalize and articulate those expectations, things can go a bad way. In marriage, relationships, family and almost everywhere else we expect certain things. Losing your cool and blowing up never helps,…
 
What is familial trafficking, and what can we do about it? According to The Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative, almost half of the identified cases of child trafficking begin with some family member involvement. These children often continue going to school and participating in everyday activities, even while being exploited by this trusted per…
 
The Driving Standard Episode 33 Hondas with Mike Snyder: On the show this week Matt and Mike sit down with seasoned race driver Mike Snyder to discuss Hondas, Car Shows, Autocross racing, Formula 1, and more. Automotive News, Fact of the Week, Bad Car Advice and more only on The Driving Standard.Apex Republic LLC による
 
The Driving Standard Episode 32: TV Car Shows Mike and Matt go over the lack of cars in TV today and what happened to the classic TV car show. The boys also discuss just how old slot cars really are and provide help to a car owner in the Western United States.Apex Republic による
 
It's been a few months but Jordan and Felipe are back with a new episode. In this episode we talk about Veterans Day in 2020 and what it means to us. It has been a roller coaster of events this year but we have a job to do regardless of what is going on around us. With so many veterans transitioning from the military into the workforce, why do they…
 
Keeping kids safe online has been an important and growing area of concern for many parents. However, with more kids learning virtually and the increase in screen time available to many children and teens, knowing how to keep kids safe online has never been more vital. Those who seek to exploit others have a playground in the form of technology, of…
 
(c) Can Stock Photo / iqoncept Podcast Show Notes Well there is no main topic in the podcast today, but we’ve got enough news, listener feedback, and other stuff to choke a hippo… provided a hippo would try to eat stuff like that. Anywho, we’ll be covering truck recalls and lots of stuff about truck... The post TD150: Trucking News Galore! appeared…
 
Why do so many conspiracy theories involve child sex trafficking? These days, a lot of inaccurate information is circulating about human trafficking. In recent months and years, some of these myths have been baked into conspiracy theories that have spread like wildfires on social media, harming the anti-trafficking movement and potentially putting …
 
The Driving Standard Episode 31: Hot Import Nights & Nissan 400Z Matt and Mike attend Hot Import Nights and breakdown the new Nissan 400Z. The boys also discuss changing a motor in 42 seconds and help diagnose a missing spare tire with Bad Car Advice. TheDrivingStandard.comApex Republic による
 
Why are truck drivers strategic in the fight against sex trafficking? TAT has trained nearly 1 million people with our materials, but why did we decide to start working with drivers? In this episode, TAT Communications Director and co-founder Lyn Leeburg answers the oft-asked question of “why truckers?” and shares about the genesis of the idea for …
 
Is trafficking something I would really come across and be able to stop? Christine McDonald, an internationally recognized author, speaker and consultant, invites us to go behind the veil of commercial sex to see what that “choice,” that “life” was really like. She’ll explain why and how victims, like herself, often don’t know they’re trafficking v…
 
(c) Can Stock Photo / sean824 When The Evil Overlord (wife/ex co-driver) and I were in truck driving school, we were told that job-hopping in the trucking industry was akin to a mortal sin that could not only ruin your truck driving career, but also send you straight to Hell to burn in an eternal... The post TD149: Job-Hopping In Trucking appeared …
 
THE DRIVING STANDARD Series 3: Episode 6 - Bonneville Salt Flats 2020 Listen in on Mike, Matt, and guest Casey as they discuss a recent test and tune of Chevys at the Bonneville Salt Flats. Car Facts, Bad Car Advice, Auto News and more only on The Driving Standard.Apex Republic による
 
THE DRIVING STANDARD Series 3: Episode 5 Mike and Matt talk about their favorite vehicles that are not sold in the US. Matt teases his trip to the Bonneville Salt Flats and Mike contemplates purchasing a V8-powered Datsun. News, Bad Car Advice, and more only on The Driving Standard.Apex Republic による
 
Why does trafficking exist? Our guest, Alan Smyth, executive director of Saving Innocence, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that serves, empowers, and advocates for child victims of sex trafficking, dives into the cultural expectations that foster trafficking and addresses the action steps we can each take to be a part of reducing demand. Alan shares…
 
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