Join DOT and Help Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking
The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) addresses human trafficking by engaging transportation industry leaders, training stakeholders, disseminating public awareness materials, and developing tools and resources. We started our efforts at home by requiring all 55,000 DOT employees to take human trafficking awareness training.
To maximize collective impact, DOT launched the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) initiative, which has engaged with over 200 transportation and travel industry stakeholders to date. TLAHT partners issue leadership statements, sign pledges, develop reporting protocols, train their employees, and conduct public awareness campaigns. Our TLAHT website supports transportation stakeholders by offering awareness tools and resources to expand their advocacy. Public awareness campaign materials available through our TLAHT site include “Put the Brakes on Human Trafficking” posters, banners, and modal logos.
DOT collaborates with the Department of Homeland Security to offer a suite of human trafficking trainings for transportation employees that are tailored for the rail, motor coach, and aviation industries. Successes within the rail and motor coach industries have included Amtrak training all 20,000 of their employees and Greyhound training all of their drivers. The aviation training, known as the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), teaches aviation personnel to recognize and report human trafficking through in-flight and on the ground mechanisms. We have a growing number of BLI partners with 19 airlines, an industry association, and a training institute; and the initiative has now been expanded to include airports. DOT’s latest training, for the transit industry, will launch in January 2018 during National Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month.
Internationally, through the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation’s (APEC) Transportation Working Group, DOT underscores the important role of transportation in combatting human trafficking.
We invite you to learn more about DOT’s human trafficking initiative, to contact us to become a TLAHT partner and join other transportation stakeholders across the U.S. through this collaborative effort, or to report a tip to The National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
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