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Operation Underground Railroad's Tim Ballard meets with Ivanka Trump, politicians regarding human trafficking

Tim Ballard, founder of Operation Underground Railroad, gave a special presentation to Ivanka Trump, special advisor to the president, and a small group of senators on Oct. 25 in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, hosted the meeting, invited Trump, and arranged for Ballard to speak.

During the meeting, Ballard discussed legislation put forth by Sen. Hatch to help in the fight against human trafficking around the world. A former victim of trafficking also spoke to the gathering, according to

During the meeting, Ballard spoke of one day creating an anti-trafficking center.

"The big picture would be an anti-trafficking center, similar to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, but for trafficking," Ballard said in a video clip of the meeting, shared by Hatch. "This is what we need for trafficking."

This video was released by Sen. Orrin Hatch's office.

In addition to Sen. Hatch, those in attendance included Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, who serves as chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee; Rob Portman, R-Ohio, a member of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and Foreign Relations Committee; Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; and Chris Coons, D-Delaware, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Ballard, also an author with a passion for U.S. history, was featured in the Deseret News last June.