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DOT Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award

The Department's annual $50,000 Combating Human Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award aims to incentivize individuals and entities to think creatively in developing innovative solutions to combat human trafficking in the transportation industry, and to share those innovations with the broader community. 

Submissions for the 2024 Award are open from January 9, 2024 to March 11, 2024.  View the Federal Register Notice for full details. 

2023 Awardees

Winner: Businesses Ending Slavery and Trafficking and the American Association of Port Authorities
For their “Awareness Campaign to Help Prevent Human Trafficking in the Maritime Industry” proposal to conduct the first national, multilingual counter-trafficking public awareness campaign for port authorities to raise awareness among port employees and seafarers.

2nd: Houston Airports
For its “Together We Will #EndHumanTrafficking” proposal to build on its comprehensive counter-trafficking approach by expanding community awareness ahead of major travel periods and holidays, expanding employee training to comprise human trafficking survivor voices, and providing financial support to local advocacy groups.

3rd: Two Bowling Green State University Faculty members
For their “Higher Education on the Awareness Highway to End Human Trafficking” proposal to develop a counter-trafficking awareness toolkit as a resource guide for college and university faculty to create survivor-informed and evidence-based community impact projects for their students at transportation sites including transit, airports, trains, and highway rest areas.

2022 Awardees

Winner: Port of Seattle
For its Airports United Against Human Trafficking proposal to convene a national steering committee of up to 20 diverse airports and scale the Port’s comprehensive counter-trafficking approach into an awareness toolkit for use by airports nationwide.

2nd: Trinity Metro
For its Stop Human Trafficking Campaign proposal to implement counter-trafficking training for Dallas Fort Worth area transit workers and first responders, raise awareness among the traveling public, and train over 40 local governments in the region.

3rd: Colorado Human Trafficking Council
For its This is Human Trafficking proposal to conduct a state-wide campaign to raise awareness through gas stations and convenience stores that serve the trucking industry and general public along the main arteries of I-70 and I-25.

2021 Awardees

Winner: The A21 Campaign
For its Can You See Me? Roadside Billboard Initiative proposal to expand its public awareness campaign of 1,000 counter-trafficking billboards in 46 cities across the U.S.

2nd: U.S. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development
For its Combating Silence: Increasing Awareness to Louisiana Human Trafficking proposal to reach up to 5.3 million road users.

3rd: Busing on the Lookout (a program of Truckers Against Trafficking)
For its Capturing Innovation to Build Public Transit’s Capacity to Combat Human Trafficking proposal to engage up to 72 transit agencies to increase human trafficking training, partnerships, awareness, and reporting among transit agencies throughout the country.

2020 Awardees

Winner: United Against Slavery
For its National Outreach Survey for Transportation Sectors proposal to conduct a survey of transportation stakeholders, human trafficking survivors, and providers across all modes of transportation.

2nd: Busing on the Lookout (a program of Truckers Against Trafficking)
For its Creating Local Partnerships to End Human Trafficking: Bus & Casino Coalition Builds proposal to target human trafficking loopholes that exist between buses and casinos.

3rd: ArtWorks for Freedom
For its Airports to Freedom proposal to install a multimedia counter-trafficking educational kiosk in up to nine airports to educate and engage the aviation industry and traveling public.


Emergency 911
National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 
Text INFO or HELP to
BeFree (233733)
Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line 866-DHS-2-ICE


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