Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking
U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao was joined by leaders from Congress, state governments and the transportation industry on Jan. 28 to pledge their effort to fight human trafficking.
The Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) initiative is comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to maximize their collective impact in combating human trafficking. To date, TLAHT has engaged with hundreds of organizations from across the transportation industry.
The partnership focuses on five key areas and connects transportation stakeholders to available resources on: industry leadership, industry training and education, policy development, public awareness, and information sharing and analysis.
As many as 24.9 million men, women, and children are held against their will and trafficked into forced labor and prostitution. According to the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000, human trafficking is defined as:
(A) sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or
(B) the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
TLAHT offers a variety of resources, including a transportation leaders pledge, counter-trafficking strategies, training resources, and public awareness materials. Contact us to become a partner and join other transportation stakeholders across the U.S. through this collaborative effort.
The transportation industry is taking a united stand to stop the flow of human trafficking through America’s transportation system. Having a set of core themes interwoven throughout TLAHT partner initiatives helps to send a clear and consistent message to transportation employees and the traveling public.
We invite interested stakeholders to use the tools below, and to partner with TLAHT to maximize our collective impact against human trafficking in the transportation industry.
Become a Partner
Use our tools and partner with other stakeholders across the U.S. through this collaborative effort.
Issue a Leader Statement
Make your stakeholders aware of your intention and actions, and call your organization to act!
Empower them through training to learn common human trafficking indicators and methods of reporting. USDOT mandated all 55,000 employees take human trafficking awareness training in 2012, and every three years thereafter. We also partnered with the Department of Homeland Security to create a suite of counter-trafficking awareness trainings for the aviation, motor coach, and rail industries, and are set to launch a new training for the mass transit industry.
Raise awareness among the traveling public using transportation industry-related and general counter-trafficking posters.