Patrick Atkinson

2018 Speaker

Patrick Atkinson

Patrick Atkinson was raised in Bismarck, ND and, after attending Minnesota State University Moorhead, worked in New York City with runaways, prostitutes, and gang members after which he moved to Central America to begin an international career in war-zone reconciliation, post-war reconstruction, and missing persons recovery.

The subject of Monica Hannan’s biography, The Dream Maker, he holds a Masters in Nonprofit Management and is the recipient of numerous human rights awards.

Patrick is the founder and CEO of The GOD’S CHILD Project charity network (, which includes the Institute for Trafficked, Exploited & Missing Persons ( and The Atkinson Center ( He is on several boards of directors and the author / co-author of six books.

When not being shot at, knifed, caught in car-bombings, or traveling worldwide on behalf of abused, abandoned, or human trafficked victims, he resides in Bismarck, ND, in Central America, and outside of Minneapolis, MN.