After the U.S. House of Representatives passed three pieces of legislation aimed at strengthening the nation’s anti-human trafficking laws, House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) thanked groups within her home state of Washington working to combat human trafficking, including Dan Alsaker and Broadway Truck Stop.
In a recent letter to constituents, Rep. McMorris Rodgers said, “I was reminded that the heartbreaking tragedy of human trafficking happens right here in our backyard. I’m so thankful to the groups in our community who are fighting to make a difference in this regard — groups like the Jonah Project, the YWCA, HRC Ministries, Lutheran Community Services and Dan Alsaker of Broadway Truck Stop. The bills we passed send a strong message to those who wish to do harm to the most vulnerable in our community.”
The U.S. House of Representatives on July 12 passed H.R. 2664, Enhancing Detection of Human Trafficking Act, H.R. 2480, Empowering Law Enforcement to Fight Sex Trafficking Demand Act, and H.R. 2200, Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2017 — measures that Rep. McMorris Rodgers said strengthen public safety measures and crack down on human traffickers.
The NATSO Foundation has been helping members of the truckstop and travel plaza community engage in the fight against human trafficking for nearly six years through education and awareness.
On July 12, when the House of Representatives passed its anti-human trafficking measures, NATSO and the NATSO Foundation underscored the truckstop and travel plaza industry’s commitment to combating human trafficking in a statement submitted to the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation with respect to its hearing on how transportation and supply chain stakeholders are combating human trafficking.
The NATSO Foundation has been helping members of the truckstop and travel plaza community engage in the fight against human trafficking since 2012. The NATSO Foundation’s goal is to provide the truckstop and travel plaza industry with the necessary tools to train owners, operators and employees so that those individuals are equipped to help if they encounter a victim of this horrible crime.
All members of the truckstop and travel plaza community are encouraged to take the NATSO Foundation’s online course titled, “The Role of Truckstops in Combating Human Trafficking” to learn how to recognize and respond to suspected incidents of human trafficking. The course is available free of charge so that any member of the truckstop and travel plaza industry can leverage this educational resource. The course can be accessed at www.natso.com/onlinelearning.
For more information on each of the NATSO Foundation’s initiatives to combat human trafficking visit the NATSO Foundation website.
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