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Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking

The Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking (ACHT) was re-chartered on July 29, 2022 using the Department's authorities under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) (P. L. 117-58).  The ACHT was initially established as mandated by Sec. 5(a) of the 2018 Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act (P.L. 115-99).  Sec. 23020 of the BIL requires the Secretary of Transportation, acting through the ACHT and in coordination with the Attorney General, to submit a triennial counter-trafficking report with recommendations for countering human trafficking, an assessment of best practices by transportation stakeholders, and human trafficking violations involving commercial motor vehicles.  

    The ACHT is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to serve for the life of the committee. The members of the ACHT include a cross-section of stakeholders from both industry and labor, including representatives from the aviation, bus, law enforcement, maritime, port, rail, and trucking sectors.  While the Federal Register Notice to solicit nominations for membership closed on October 7, 2022, the Department will continue to accept nominations under this notice to fill any vacancies that may arise.

    • Chairperson: Rabbi David Saperstein, Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor for Policy and Strategy, Religious Action Center on Reform Judaism
    • Vice Chair: Esther Goetsch, Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking 
    • Earlyne Alexander, Supplier Diversity Compliance Manager, Port Authority of NY & NJ
    • Sam Cho, Commissioner, Port of Seattle
    • Casey French, Deputy District Attorney, San Diego County District Attorney's Office
    • Heather Healy, Director of Employee Assistance Programs, Association of Flight Attendants-CWA, AFL-CIO
    • Annika Huff, Survivor Advocate Expert
    • Michael Krumm, Lieutenant Colonel, Michigan State Police
    • James Lewis, Communications Manager, Amtrak Police Department
    • Shamere McKenzie, Sun Gate Foundation CEO and National Human Trafficking Hotline Training Manager
    • Leslie Richards, CEO, Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority
    • Derrick Waters, CEO, Coach USA
    • Brad White, Associate Director of Safety, Werner Enterprises
    • Tiffany Wlazlowski Neuman, Vice President, Public Affairs, NATSO
    • Benito Ybarra, Chief Audit and Compliance Officer, Texas Department of Transportation


    For more information about the ACHT, view the following links:




    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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    Last updated: Tuesday, September 26, 2023