The Department of Transportation recently announced that it has re-chartered its Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking as required under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
I am pleased to inform you that I will join a team of 15 individuals appointed by the Secretary of Transportation to serve on the 2023-2024 Committee.
Committee members represent a broad spectrum of transportation sectors, including trains, airlines, trucking fleets, and the bus industry, as well as religious organizations and human trafficking survivors.
The Committee, which will conduct its inaugural meeting Oct. 3, is tasked with producing 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.
This appointment represents the second time that I have served on DOT’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking. I previously served as the 2018-2020 Vice Chair of ACHT's Subcommittee on Education and Awareness. The 2018-2019 ACHT issued a report titled, “The Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking Final Report: Combating Human Trafficking in the Transportation Sector,” that offers a systematic assessment of data, strategies, policies, protocols, training and awareness needs regarding the intersection of the transportation sector and human trafficking.
NATSO's appointment to this committee underscores the great strides that the truck stop and travel center industry has made since first committing to fight human trafficking as part of DOT’s stakeholder group, Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking.
The NATSO Foundation’s Comprehensive Program to Combat Trafficking:
The NATSO Foundation offers the following resources to combat trafficking and appreciates your continued support for the industry's work on this important issue.
Online training: The Role of Truck stops in Combating Human Trafficking
Combating Human Trafficking Toolkit: The NATSO Foundation released a “Combating Human Trafficking” toolkit to offer truck stops and travel centers a roadmap for implementing an anti-human trafficking education and awareness program at their individual locations.
Collateral: Through its alliance with the Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign, the NATSO Foundation provides the DHS Blue Campaign’s training and awareness materials – including posters, hand outs and other materials — to the nation’s truck stops and travel plazas.
Partnerships: NATSO works closely with the Department of Transportation, Department of Homeland Security, Truckers Against Trafficking, Polaris Project, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other local organizations to gain insight into best practices on how to educate our members.
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