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Address: Redondo Beach, California, United States
Countries served: United States
Geographic scope: National


Type: Anti-trafficking
Status: Active
Faith-based: Yes
Adult focused (NSFW): No
Sex work positive: No
Female led: No
Sex worker led: No

About Association for the Recovery of Children

ARC is an under-the-radar operation contracted through various sources for intelligence and information on missing and exploited and trafficked children.

“The Association for the Recovery of Children (ARC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization comprised of former and active Intelligence, Military, and Law Enforcement personnel, dedicated to the recovery of missing and exploited children, foreign and domestic.

The management team of the association comes from the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, Federal Bureau of Investigation, supervisory law enforcement, Fortune 100 corporate security, government protective services and military Special Forces.

With offices in Los Angeles and a global network of experienced affiliates, ARC is well placed to be your trusted strategic partner. To date, we have a 100% success rate with a multitude of recoveries, which translates to the fact that no harm ever came to a child reunited with their custodial parents.”

People involved with Association for the Recovery of Children

Founder and President

He is known as “the Patron Saint for Missing Kids.” Former Intelligence Paramilitary Case Officer, supporting Central Intelligence Agency and other U.S. Government agencies in field intelligence collection operations throughout the Far East, Middle East, Northern Europe, Central/South America, Mediterranean and Africa.

Recipient of Intelligence Commendation Medal.
CNN and MSNBC advisor and spokesperson on the war on Terrorism/Homeland Security.
Citadel Graduate


Airline Transport Pilot with over fifty years of flying experience with 14,000 + hours. Certified Flight Instructor/Instrument Instructor, Single and Multi-engine aircraft both land and sea. Type rated in Lear, Citation Jets and King Air 350. ( prior owner of Lear 003) Chief Pilot of Citrus World, Director of Aviation Polk Air Inc., Director of Aviation Alpha Jet Inc. Panorama Air Tours Hawaii, ComAir Orlando Fla., and VP Tires Unlimited. He is a retired Major United States Army, former 8th Special Forces Group (Green Beret) and distinguished combatant from conflicts in Korea and Vietnam. He also served as Senior Military Police Advisor to the Georgia National Guard, Forces Command Headquarters, and United States Air Force Crew Chief KB-29 Air Refueling. Sharkey holds a Bachelor Degree in Criminal Law from the University of Nebraska and attended Language School (Spanish) in Monterey California. He is the recipient of Prcht Badge, GCMDL, ARCOM w/1st OLC, EIB, AFRM, VCM w/60 Dev, VSM w/4 Bronze Stars, VCG w/Palm, AM, BSM , Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, Royal Thai Supr Mst Badge , MSM.

TOM FLORES (deceased)

Tom Flores was Director for worldwide corporate security for Fluor Corporation. He was accountable for directing and managing corporate security efforts across a wide spectrum of project types including oil and gas, mining, industrial, and government as well as corporate investigations concerning fraud, waste, and corruption throughout the world. Rising to the rank of Colonel, Mr. Flores served from 1966-1990 in the U.S. Army that included multiple combat tours in aviation and ground assignments. He held a variety of command and staff assignments to include duty in the 82d Airborne Division (1977-81), public policy development on the Army General Staff at the Pentagon (1984), human intelligence collection in Central America (1984-85), and worked for U.S. senators as a Congressional Fellow (1986-87). He served in U.S. Special Forces in both Civil Affairs and Psychological Operations (1976-77). Mr. Flores served in Latin America in the Defense Attaché’s Office in Peru (1982-83) and as an Inspector General (1990-91), responsible for investigating alleged improper conduct of senior army officials. He also served as Professor of Military Science at the University of Arizona (1987-89).

Mr. Flores was a Foreign Affairs and Congressional Fellow at Johns Hopkins University where he was tasked with organizing POW/MIA Veteran’s Affairs Committee hearings for Senator Dennis DeConcini of Arizona (1986-87). He held a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Santa Clara University (1966), Master of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Louisville (1976), and a Master of Arts Degree in Management/Human Relations from Webster University (1979). He was also a graduate of the Centro de Academicos y Estudios Militares of the Escuela Superior de Guerra (Peruvian War College) in Lima, Peru (1983).

Chief Investigator

A former United States Marine in reconnaissance, Mr. Ciganic holds a MS, BS degree in human resource management and is an honor graduate with a decorated career in law enforcement that included tasking at the federal level. He maintains a Certificate of Forensic Science from the Cyril Wecht Institute of Forensic Science & Law at Duquesne School of Law. In March 2002, he was nominated for the Officer of the Month (December) and (May) and was nominated for Officer of the Year 2002. He has received the Justice Department Gold Team award 1998, ASIS Law Enforcement award 1998, DEA award 19997, Mayor’s Citation 1997, Bureau Citation (second highest award) 1996, Certificate of Commendation 2000, Letters of Commendation 1994-1996, DEA/Mayor/Governor/Justice Department Letters of Expeditionary Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Navy Citation, Battle Efficiency Ribbon, and Sea Service Ribbon with Meritorious mast for participation in cold weather exercises in Alaska.

A former US Navy SEAL, Thad performed the duties Middle East, North Africa and Europe. As SEAL Team Two’s Combat Swimmer Instructor he was selected for “real world” combat swimmer missions and was personally awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Secretary of the Navy for actions “completed at considerable personal risk”.

He is a graduate of West Virginia University where he was a four year lettermen and Captain of the WVU DIV I wrestling team. Thad managed a wilderness school for at risk teens In 2001, Thad received the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Governor’s Award for Community Crime Prevention.. He has served on several boards including The American Red Cross, Methodist Church Council, and United Fund. He is currently the CEO of a YMCA.

Community Liaison

With her entertainment career beginning in England, Katy Haber worked with legendary Director Sam Peckinpah, for eight years on seven of his films was Head of Production at EMI Films and produced Blade Runner for Sir Ridley Scott. She is a founding member and a Board member for 19 years of BAFTA LA, the British Academy of Film and Television Arts in Los Angeles and was Managing Director for five years. As Chair of the Outreach Committee she spearheaded the Helen Keller Park screening facility, which enables inner city communities to see first run movies in their recreation center. She was Executive Director at the Dome Village Homeless Shelter for 13 years, and has been active in Gang Prevention, and Youth Programs.

Mayer Nudell, CSC, is an acknowledged authority on terrorism, crisis management, travel security, and related international political and national security affairs. A former U.S. diplomat, Mr. Nudell received two Group Meritorious Honor Awards from the U.S. Department of State. His last Foreign Service assignment was to the Office of Counterterrorism and Emergency Planning as Latin American and Middle Eastern specialist and liaison with the business, intelligence, and law enforcement communities.

Adviser to CEO’s & policy makers on government and politics; John embraces his role as a guide helping organizations avoid political and public land mines while achieving their goals. John is a former Deputy Assistant Secretary in the office of Secretary of Defense Les Aspin and contributes regularly on National Defense and National Security issues in the United States. At times John serves as a consigliere delivering tough messages and making things happen behind the scenes. John is also an entrepreneur, founding and leading several businesses that deliver cutting edge products and services.

With years of experience in public policy, communications, international relations, business and government affairs, John is one of the architects behind engaging government with the creative arts community to bring innovative ideas and unique insights to issues of domestic and national security policy.

Ms. Shepherd, Vice President Northeast Marketing Director with Hatch Mott MacDonald (an international professional consulting engineering firm), specializes in the transportation industry including transit, freight, tunnels, aviation, ports, intermodal, ventilation and systems and signals. Additionally she is involved in major water/wastewater tunnels and infrastructure projects throughout the country coordinating teaming partners, proposals and strategic pursuits and presentations. Bonnie resides in Washington DC and is a member of several transportation associations including American Public Transportation Authority (APTA), Women in Transportation (WTS) along with several other associations.
Developmental Executive

Robert is CEO/Manager for Red Baron Picture Corp. since Oct 2001. Roberts main focus has been guiding the careers of many actors, writers and directors as well as producing feature films and TV projects covering studios like Lionsgate, Miramax, Disney and all major Television networks. Hoping to spread awareness and make a difference Robert has come aboard to use entertainment industry relationships to help in building exposure and increasing sponsorship/funding for ARC.
Director of Marketing and Legislative Branch (ARC)

Born overseas to career missionaries, Tina has a life-long history of involvement in philanthropic and charitable causes. She is Director of Marketing / Legislative Liaison for FACESS (Freeing American Children from Exploitation and Sexual Slavery). She is also on the board of directors for Redeeming Love, a shelter for trafficking victims, a member of the Lawyer’s Club of San Diego’s Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force, and a liaison to other government and non-government anti-human trafficking task forces.

Tina is actively involved in influencing California legislation and improving state programs for at-risk youth and child victims of sex trafficking. By building relationships with law enforcement, FBI, Homeland Security, NGO’s (non-government organizations), professionals, churches and volunteer groups she is helping to form a collaborative structure to offer immediate wrap-around care to trafficking victims from the time they are first recovered.

Sex work focus for Association for the Recovery of Children

Street Escort

Sex worker demographics focus for Association for the Recovery of Children

Female Trafficked

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