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Informants were contacted via email and provided in advance with a standard set of questions to aid a semi-structured interview. The questions discussed spanned the profile of victims and traffickers, as well as how trafficking is understood by different stakeholders. Informants were also asked about the process of movement, and their views on the causes of trafficking.

Attention was paid in interviews to the various push and pull factors and the differing roles these play in driving movement. In both Ukraine and Ghana, potential key informants were very forthcoming, including recommending other potential interviewees and offering to make introductions for me to others working in the field. Therefore, the selection of informants utilised principles of a snowball approach, with all recommended interviewees either previously or subsequently interviewed for this research. Given that the utility of snowball sampling as a tool depends greatly on the initial contacts and connections made, it should be noted that the initial set of potential interviewees was based on the secondary literature and a compilation of all organisations working on human trafficking in that country.

Informants in Vietnam were particularly reserved, both informants of Vietnamese nationality as well as non-nationals working in Vietnam in the development sector. Only on very few occasions did informants refer to other potential interviewees. This is reflected in the large number of informants in Vietnam who chose anonymity, with 10 informants choosing complete anonymity and two choosing partial anonymity. A further observation, particularly with regard to Vietnam and Ukraine, made throughout the interview process was the tendency for views to be repeated by key informants in a way that raised doubt as to whether they had been informed by the same source.

This might include reading the same report or piece of research, listening to the same speech or attending the same workshop or training. Indeed, the anti-trafficking community in both Vietnam and Ghana is sufficiently small, and in Ukraine, significantly larger but well connected, that there is a great deal of information sharing, particularly through the NGO reintegration networks in Vietnam and Ukraine, whose members work in partnership with the government and international organisations.

This potentially suggests that the breadth of knowledge is fairly limited and obtaining diverging opinions is a challenge. This data collection involved both face-to-face interviews 44 as well as email interviews 8. While face-to-face interviews are preferred, the validity of email interviews has been elsewhere recognised Bampton and Cowton The support of local translators was solicited for translation of interview questions and responses from English into Vietnamese, Ukrainian and Russian and vice versa.

Finally, this article demonstrates how broader socio-cultural factors hinder efforts to prevent the exploitation of women under trafficking-like conditions from all three countries. I have therefore chosen to focus my discussion on data collected from key informants, rather than on data collected from individual returnees. While I note the importance of the voices and first-hand experiences of individuals, my primary goal in this article is to understand broad patterns of migration and movement.

I have therefore chosen to assess the perspectives of key informants of these macro push and pull factors and barriers to countering trafficking and how these relate to existing policy debates, rather than individual migrant experiences. As discussed below, these socio-cultural factors stifle discussions, exacerbate the difficulties facing trafficking returnees to identify as trafficked and access reintegration services, reinforce the narrow focus on female and child victims and create false expectations for potential migrants about work and life abroad.

The criminalisation and stigmatisation of sex work and trafficking I contend that counter-trafficking efforts are directly hindered by the stigmatisation of both sex work and trafficking. While it is important to highlight the differences between trafficking and sex work, the stigma experienced by trafficked returnees who have been forced into providing sexual services in many respects parallels the social marginalisation, violence, discrimination and harassment often directed towards sex workers. Stigmatisation is intimately connected to criminalisation. In this regard, it is important to note that the buying and selling of sexual services is prohibited in all three research countries, although selling sexual services is treated as an administrative offence in Ukraine.

Capital gain from sex work is also prohibited. In earlier articles, I have explored how trafficking is a highly stigmatised issue, exacerbated by the stigma associated with sex work Vijeyarasa a and in instances where trafficking for sexual exploitation heightens risks of HIV infection Vijeyarasa and Stein Stigmas are powerful social labels that have profound consequences for those individuals to whom they are applied.

Writing on HIV and AIDS, on which much of the literature on stigma is based, Richard Parker and Peter Aggleton have added to these earlier concepts of categorisation and labelling, the notion that stigma is about power relations. By causing some groups to feel devalued and others superior, stigma is centrally linked to the question of social inequality and social exclusion Parker and Aggleton , Culture, gender and the body are at the heart of this analysis, particularly in relation to how we understand social order and therefore disorder Parker and Aggleton , Through the use of words, images and practices, certain groups and their behaviours are marginalised, with stigma used to establish a social hierarchy and social order Parker and Aggleton , Stigma also plays a role in exacerbating pre-existing inequalities, whether in relation to race, gender, religion, ethnic status etc.

Parker and Aggleton , Stigmatising approaches to both sex work and trafficking inhibit self-identification as victims. Such approaches further act as a barrier to public recognition that trafficking for sexual exploitation is actually taking place. Stifled discourse on the topic undermines prevention through greater awareness-raising, particularly where an individual may have been aware that they would be providing sexual services in the destination country but is unaware of the conditions they will face.

Combating stigma would not only reduce the rights violations suffered by male and female sex workers, but further, changing social norms is a crucial precursor to successful reintegration of returned victims of trafficking. This is obviously exacerbated where sex workers and trafficked persons are found to be HIV positive. Underlying this nexus between trafficking, sex work and HIV-related stigma in Vietnam is gender inequality Vijeyarasa b.

Stigmatisation, coupled with inequality in terms of sexuality, gender and class status perpetuate this marginalisation. Moreover, stigma is highly gendered. This approach, in my view, serves to implicate victims of trafficking and to stigmatise further an already stigmatised population see further Vijeyarasa a. In turn, this policy hinders individuals from self-identifying as victims. As one shelter staff noted Vijeyarasa a, 93 :. Returnees seem too often [to] be affected by stigma with all their surroundings.

Families of the victims also have been known to be ashamed of their daughters and reject them upon return Shelter staff, Vietnam. The issue of stigma and criminalisation surrounding both sex work and trafficking has arguably had the most extreme impact in Ghana. As in Vietnam, criminalisation of returnees is an issue in Ghana.

Among legislators, judiciary and policy makers, as well as civil society, trafficking is synonymous with child labour and exploitation, with the movement and exploitation of men and women simply unknown, unseen or ignored in Ghanaian trafficking debates. I contend that the discomfort in Ghana with discussing the choices and experiences of Ghanaian sex workers whether working domestically or abroad leads to a tendency to turn a blind eye to migrant sex workers who experience exploitation outside of Ghana.

I discussed at length the issue of research on sex work and sex workers in Ghana with one informant. She was even angry. How can you associate that with my workers? This anecdotal story raises a range of issues that cannot be explored at length in this article. Perhaps these women were not sex workers in the first place, a situation which speaks to the widespread myths and rumours surrounding sex work in Ghana.

In addition, this experience reflects the possible unintended role of researchers in undermining the anonymity of sex workers where sex workers choose not to be public about their work and where researchers might prioritise their own goals over the rights and best interests of informants, including their safety, particularly when researching highly stigmatised topics on this point, see Harrison and Andrees and van der Linden but on trafficking for sexual exploitation and not sex work. Discussing more recent research on the irregular migration of women from the Brong-Ahafo region to Libya, elsewhere in Africa and to Europe, the informant further noted how stigma is a barrier for these sex workers to speak to researchers Anon.

If the person wants to get married, it is difficult. The impact on counter-trafficking is reflected in the lack of resources, data and debate on the traffic of Ghanaian women, particularly when compared to child trafficking. Finally, regarding the gendered nature of stigma, informants in both Ghana and Ukraine also referred to male victim stigma.

It is more often the women who go. Similar comments were raised by several informants in Ukraine. People in similar situations bond with each other, so the data, I would really question Tatiana Ivanyuk, Counter-trafficking specialist, International Organisation for Migration, 3 September These discussions have two primary angles. First, it is generally assumed that there is a significant causal connection between gender equality and trafficking see for example United States Government Department of State , 36; Heyzer Second, and consequently, it is often assumed that the majority of victims of trafficking are female, with men excluded primarily or entirely from trafficking debates, data collection and responses.

At other times, it is ethnic minority populations who are considered most vulnerable, while elsewhere the focus might be on child victims see for example Lawrance , 74 on Ghana. A narrow understanding of who constitutes a victim of trafficking was evident in all three countries. In the following section, I discuss this skewed focus. In Vietnam, many field workers associate trafficking with the sex industry and exploitation of women and children pers. However, trafficked women are frequently required to provide sexual services in conjunction with other exploitative labour Kelly , This bi-dimensional aspect of trafficking is often neglected.

In addition, a major factor contributing to this narrow understanding of trafficking has been the lack of legal protections for male victims of trafficking until the recent legal amendments noted above. To the contrary, anecdotal evidence of trafficking of men for labour exploitation has been documented, particularly from Lao Cai, a northern mountainous province of Vietnam, to China as well as for factory work in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan and Malaysia Duong and Thu Hong , Of course, there is an assumption. The shared history and ethnicity between populations living on either side of the Vietnam-China border is a historical fact, deriving from the days before national borders were firmly established.

Populations move fluidly across both sides of the border. As documented by the Cross Border Programme, for example, Mong Cai is a destination for many children looking for work Save the Children, n. Certainly, ethnic minorities are among those who have been identified as trafficked in Vietnam.

What is problematic is the framing of an ethnic minority as the picture of the archetypal trafficked person. There is a widespread conceptualisation of Vietnamese victims of trafficking that is both narrow and stereotypical.

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I asked all interviewees whether it is possible to sketch a profile of a typical victim of trafficking. While participants in Ukraine frequently responded that it is impossible to do so, respondents in Vietnam were more willing to offer a description. The majority of its earning comes from farm work.

She is not able to go to high school and stays at home to help their parents with the farm work pers. This picture can be contrasted with Ukraine, where there is increasing recognition by both my informants, as well as in existing databases, of the traffic of men. In Belarus and Ukraine, male victims accounted for Among my informants, several pressed upon me the extent to which the profile of Ukrainian victims falls outside the scope of the presumed demographics.

However, a number of authors continue to promote a narrow understanding of Ukrainian victims see for example Hughes and Denisova ; Hughes , that profiles victims as poorly educated, naive and duped. Arguably most surprising is the case of Ghana, where public attention is skewed away from adult victims altogether. Even empirical data collection is very limited when it comes to trafficking of adult Ghanaians. For example, the International Organisation for Migration in Ghana focuses on child trafficking, while the Center for Migration Studies at the University of Ghana was not yet conducting research on trafficking at the time of my fieldwork.

Consequently, trafficking is frequently understood to emerge in the following circumstances:. It is due to the irresponsibility of fathers so we had single mothers and so in the bid to make ends meet, they will traffic their children We found in the baseline survey that the mothers did not even know the final destination of their children. Because they are told that their children will be taken to Akotombo, but that is the transit point.

So at Akotombo, they are sold to various communities, so the parents sitting in Ga West, the child is at Akotombo, but some of them end up in the Gambia, some in Nigeria, some in dotted islands along the Volta lake Anon. In the cases of Ghana and Vietnam, narrow and often skewed understandings of trafficking are pervasive, with many victims males, non-ethnic minorities or even broadly adult victims falling outside of the framework. This lack of an evidence-based understanding of who could become a victim of trafficking and who might have experienced trafficking and trafficking-like conditions abroad consequently leads to misdirected efforts in terms of prevention, laws, policies and reintegration support.

Whether true, exaggerated or entirely false, these stories play a major role in encouraging irregular migration. While I do not advocate for barriers to migration or closed borders, this imagery can lead to false expectations about the conditions of work and life abroad and thereby help to stimulate irregular and possibly risky migration. I call it the Cinderella syndrome, from the magazines. People expect it is a very rich country because of what they observe in the soap opera. Similar findings have been made regarding Albanian migrants to Italy, with many Albanian households perceiving migration, whether temporary or permanent, as an effective strategy for sustaining and improving their economic livelihoods Mai Informants shared parallel responses about Ghana, with several stories directly analogous to those emerging from Ukraine.

The imagery identified by these informants is frequently neglected in research on trafficking. This is particularly the case where trafficking is not associated with attempted migration for economic betterment but rather the selling or kidnapping of women and girls. Conclusions Governments, NGOs and other stakeholders have engaged in counter-trafficking activities intensively at least over the last ten years.

Attention is primary focused on presumed structural causes. Assumptions about the education levels of victims are matched with efforts to ensure access to education with the goal of preventing trafficking or re-trafficking. Similarly, micro-credit is used to respond to perceived barriers to domestic labour markets.

I contend that while driven by a genuine attempt to combat unsafe migration and trafficking-like conditions abroad, the focus on these assumed structural barriers skews focus away from other socio-cultural factors that are frequently ignored in both theoretical discourse and policy responses. We see in all three countries sexual and other stereotypes that shape the view that trafficking is an issue largely impacting women and that the majority of victims are trafficked into sexual exploitation. This is most extreme in Ghana where stigma and the silencing of sex work has seen a shift away from adult victims to child victims of internal trafficking into the fishing, cocoa and other sectors.

These stereotypes in turn feed the already-existing stigma surrounding trafficking, as well as sex work, exacerbated by the criminalisation of sex work in all three countries. This not only stifles public discourse but also creates a barrier for identification as a victim by sex workers who experience exploitation abroad and at home, as well as for those individuals who identify as victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

These stereotypes also foster male victim stigma, a significant barrier to both a broader understanding of the nature of trafficking as well as male victim identification. Cultural attitudes concerning economic betterment abroad also drive migrant movement in the first place, particularly in Ukraine and Ghana where the image of the successful migrant worker living abroad plays a significant role in circulating myths and undermining awareness-raising regarding risks of exploitative labour abroad.

While potential migrants should be supported in accessing labour migration opportunities, exaggerated stories of the successful migration abroad create a barrier to a more realistic appreciation of the opportunities and challenges facing potential migrants, particularly those who are undocumented.

Several factors can be given for the lack of attention to these causal factors. As stigmatised topics, they are neglected in public discourse. Challenging to address, it is easy to imagine why attention might be paid to education and labour market barriers, which if identified as the problem, have relatively simple, identifiable solutions. Reforms are required to ensure that counter-trafficking efforts actually challenge existing stigmas, particularly in relation to sex work, adopt an evidenced-based response to trafficking in order to include all victims adult men and women, and children and ensure an approach to awareness-raising that recognises that migration is inevitable.

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Counter-trafficking measures should not attempt to put an end to migration but instead aim to ensure a realistic appreciation of life and work abroad among potential migrants. I would also like to thank the anonymous reviewers of Gender, Place and Culture for their helpful feedback. I bear sole responsibility for the opinions expressed in this article.

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Committed to the fight against human trafficking, UPS employs employee awareness, driver training, survivor employment and philanthropic investment among its efforts. Plans are underway to institutionalize this training for all new UPS drivers. UPS also adopted an enterprise-wide Anti-Trafficking in Persons Policy, which strictly prohibits the use of any UPS assets or resources for any purpose that would enable the trafficking of persons.

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In addition to enjoying rides, fair food and hundreds of exhibits, 4, attendees at the Iowa State Fair took the time to tour the Freedom Drivers Project FDP , increasing their understanding of human trafficking, what the trucking industry is doing to combat it and what they could do to join the fight as well. Every week Pride, which has become a TAT bronze-level sponsor, trains their new driver hires, having a conversation about trafficking and challenging cultural norms around prostituted people, and then showing the TAT video and handing out wallet cards.

They also use TAT materials at weekly safety meetings. This year, they also began offering a monthly company-wide training, and they have now required TAT training for all driver trainers, managers and directors at Pride Transport. They place the TAT stickers on all of their trucks. Two years ago, they also added TAT to their charity list for payroll deduction, should an employee choose to do that.

Qualls spends 40 minutes in new hire orientation explaining each of the five charities on the list and then gives employees the option to fill out the form on their first day. There are monthly reminders as well. Qualls related that some of her fellow office workers, after having taken the TAT training, are so moved, they want to get more involved and have now taken over some of the trainings within Pride.

She said that in every training, people are moved by the video and the conversations and want to do their part to thwart this crime. Pride Transportation was founded in by Jeff England, who was a truck driver first and businessman second. At 77 years of age, he still regularly goes out on the road.

Predominantly a refrigerated carrier, with most of its freight on the west coast, Pride does go to all 48 states. We truly do pride ourselves in being a good employer as well as a good partner in our communities. Lauderdale, Florida. They were the ones pointing to artifacts and making sure everyone was reading and paying attention to the exhibit.

Ashley Smith, TAT oil and gas program manager, helped people understand why the wallet card is important. At GATS, organizations and individuals can find information on how they can donate funds to help in changing the lives of those caught in trafficking. It is a privilege for GATS to assist Truckers Against Trafficking in combating this crime by providing a venue for trucking professionals to gather and become better educated on the issue. Roche, field expert, author and survivor. Kendis Paris, TAT executive director, was a member of the panel. Human traffickers exploit legitimate systems within multiple business sectors for their own profits.

While it only looks at six specific business sectors, Polaris is in hopes the report will spur other business sectors to think through how trafficking criminals may be using them and what corrections they can make. Bradley Miles, chief executive officer of Polaris Project, stated they spent time learning directly from survivors about the specific ways traffickers use these systems and industries to recruit and exploit victims, and how survivors interact with those same industries to break free and rebuild their lives. Polaris works to systematically disrupt the human trafficking networks that rob human beings of their lives and freedom.

Polaris runs the National Human Trafficking Hotline. School bus drivers see students almost every day as they transport them between home and school. P-TAG is a group of specialists from both the FMCSA and state regulatory agencies from around the country who provide subject matter expertise and support to the bus industry and the public in advancing passenger carrier safety. Curated and moderated by Dr. Melissa Jane Kronfeld, co-chair of the human trafficking and modern slavery working group at Nexus, panelists shared details about the work of their organization and engaged the audience in meaningful discussion about best practices, new ideas, successes and challenges and how to get involved in the work.

Kronfeld and her colleagues on the human trafficking and modern slavery working group for inviting us to be a part of the discussion. The Nexus community is full of change-makers and those looking for effective ways to make the most good in the world. We are grateful for the chance to provide information about our programs to this community, and, hopefully, we have inspired and engaged new folks to get involved. Nexus is an international network of more than next generation philanthropists, impact investors and social entrepreneurs representing more than 70 countries.

Survivor-leader Annika Huff provided training tips to law enforcement in Oregon. Looking back, I think I may have encountered at least one situation like this on a traffic stop, and I believe this training just improved my chances of not missing one again. Lanier stated that feedback was so positive overall that Oregon is now investigating the possibility of having TAT back to cover the eastern and southern portions of the state. After testifying against her trafficker, he was convicted and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

He was the first person in the state of Nevada to be found guilty of sex trafficking in a court of law. Huff speaks publicly to educate the community on the issue of human trafficking. She has also spoken for statewide programs such as Victims of Crime and has testified for state wide human trafficking bills. Over 50 participants from law enforcement, trucking, busing, truck stops and convenient stores attended. Additionally, Montana law enforcement has already invited TAT to return next February to do more extensive training. And they are planning to adopt portions of the Iowa MVE model.

Snow cones, cotton candy, popcorn and giant cookies were all part of the Great Dane celebration as it hosted the Freedom Drivers Project FDP at its Statesboro plant and Savannah corporate office in June. At the corporate office, almost everyone came through the FDP. They also invited the human resources team from Gulfstream, whose office is across the street, and many of them came through as well. We had a great response. At Statesboro, I spoke to all the department heads who walked through the FDP, and at the corporate office, I made two afternoon presentations.

Great Dane employees volunteered with me to help host the trailer, and their interns helped me tear down at the end of the day. We encourage our friends and partners to join us in supporting TAT so together we can combat this heinous crime. As one of the avenues Praxair pursues in meeting its sustainable development goals, the company has partnered with TAT for two years, training its private fleet and contracted carriers as well as providing sponsorship support at the silver level through its Global Giving Program.

According to Dr. Riva Krut, vice president and chief sustainability officer, the feedback given directly to Cyrus from both leadership and employees was very positive. This employee event was a fantastic opportunity to do just that. We are thrilled with the ways Praxair has helped to spread our message, and I look forward to the deepening of our partnership to ensure that more folks are engaged with this work and able to be change-makers alongside the hundreds of thousands of others empowered with this message.

I am also so grateful to the entire leadership at Praxair for their time ahead of the event, and for their positive response and support of our work. Thank you! I think about my kids and I want this to end. We can all play a role in ending this horrible crime. In attendance at this conference were long-distance bus companies, tour and charter bus operators, school bus contractors, manufacturers and suppliers operating in the northeast. She felt there was widespread recognition on the part of the bus companies, manufacturers and suppliers that this was an important issue in their region, particularly given the millions of people taking buses between major metropolitan areas along the I corridor from DC to Baltimore to Philadelphia to Trenton to Atlantic City to Newark to New York to Boston, etc.

We hope that when we expand TAT into Canada, we will continue to build relationships with investigators and law enforcement officers around the nation to close loopholes to traffickers and exploiters.

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Shortly thereafter, he received a knock on his cab door from a year-old woman. After she had refused and argued with him, he dumped her in the parking lot and sped off. Taylor assured her of his help. After getting her warm and giving her water to drink, he looked at one of the two TAT stickers prominently displayed on his windows which the victim had been eye-level with when she knocked on his door and called the National Human Trafficking Hotline.

They worked with him to secure the woman shelter for the night, a pre-paid cab ride to get her to that shelter and a chaperoned train ride back to her home the next day, where she was reunited with a family member. Taylor took care of the young woman until she was placed in the cab, and even gave her his personal cell phone number in case she needed anything else. In front of the Freedom Drivers Project at the Ford event, Laura Cyrus, TAT operations director, spoke to people individually about how they could be involved in the fight against human trafficking. Speaking to approximately purchasing managers brought together from around the globe by Ford Motor Company for education, empowerment and ideas to drive ethics, transparency and impact, Laura Cyrus, operations director for Truckers Against Trafficking TAT , asked the buyers in the room to consider having casual conversations with their suppliers about TAT and how those suppliers — acting as shippers — may be able to encourage the carriers moving their products to become trained with TAT materials.

Leah Butler, vice president of the Responsible Business Alliance, also presented on responsible sourcing and conflict minerals. Employees from a wide variety of jobs within Ford — from security guards and engineers, to statisticians and human rights and sustainability folks — took the time to walk through the exhibit and consider the topic of human trafficking. At the press conference, trucking and law enforcement representatives chatted about their enhanced partnership fighting human trafficking. Kylla Lanier, TAT deputy director, was one of the speakers at the press conference. Reisig and their respective offices, as well as the California Highway Patrol to maximize ongoing efforts to train truck drivers and truck stop personnel to identify signs of trafficking and report suspicious activity.

This partnership will strengthen efforts to better serve victims of sexual and labor exploitation and increase public awareness of human trafficking. Jacobs and Goetsch spoke first to store managers and general managers of truck stops and C Stores from across the country and, secondly, to service center managers, directors and corporate staff.

The Truckers Against Trafficking Board of Directors has recently added Stephanie Wicky, group director of marketing, supply chain solutions and dedicated transportation for Ryder System, Inc. I hope to be as involved as possible in the continued success of this organization. Prior to that, she served as director of marketing for the rental, used vehicle sales, fleet products, insurance and fuel divisions, working closely with business-unit leaders to drive growth and increase customer loyalty. Walter Thompson Advertising. She has been a mentor for Big Brothers Big Sisters since She has also volunteered with B.

T, Building Empowerment by Stopping Trafficking, in Miami, working on fundraisers to fight human trafficking. Wicky holds a bachelor of science degree in both marketing communications and broadcast journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. Attendees at the various trainings heard from a survivor and sex trafficking experts and also had time to discuss how to work together to close loopholes to traffickers. Paul, over people toured the Freedom Drivers Project which was parked near the meeting location. More than people toured the FDP at the build.

During the four hour-training, over 80 attendees learned about the realities of human trafficking in Minnesota and across the country. Trucking touches so many different lives and locations, and this is a great connection. In the audience were representatives from the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration, the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, law enforcement officers and various trucking organizations. This same training was provided in Minnesota by Lanier and TAT Field Trainer Beth Jacobs a little over a week later to a variety of law enforcement, including the Minnesota State Police and members of their commercial vehicle unit.

Additionally, through the Minnesota State Police, there is now a pending event on the calendar to train school bus drivers in the state. He and Amy Warner, senior associate in training and communication, have sent a memo to inform everyone, from agents and drivers to corporate staff, of the addition of this course on their platform, including the minute training video, the quiz and the co-branded certificate.

In that memo, they included a recent TAT in Action success story to show the impact of the training. We are providing training to our network to assist in identifying and assisting endangered individuals. Employees really took the message to heart, taking materials for their friends and families as well as materials to share with others throughout UPS. Thank you for really owning our mission as your own; your impact has not gone unnoticed.

The more people we can educate about what to do when they suspect human trafficking, the more we can make a difference in our communities. Partnering with TAT provides a way to help meet at least one of the sustainable development goals set for companies by the United Nations — that of caring for people.

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T-shirts come in multiple sizes and three designs. The team connected with over show participants, engaging in conversations with drivers, fleet owners and others from the trucking industry. They were left stunned and yet motivated to be a part of these real and tangible efforts. The undercover operation resulted in several sex-offense-related arrests and the development of intelligence to be used in continuing human trafficking efforts.

Thank you for your dedication to this worthy cause and for your commitment to keeping our roads and families safe. We always know that our grant dollars are being used with great efficiency and have a great impact. From coast to coast, innovative thinking, passionate participation and the desire to make a difference are characterizing members of the trucking industry and resulting in collective achievements in this national effort. At a press conference Feb.

This must change. Traffickers meet the demand for commercial sex by luring their victims into this life and keeping them there through force, fraud or coercion. On the TAT website, each driver will be given a brief profile, and there will be resources highlighting the link between commercial sex and sex trafficking, and action steps individuals and companies can take toward eradicating demand.

According to national survey results from Demand Abolition, 20 percent of adult men ages have bought or would consider buying commercial sex if the circumstances permitted. Further, approximately 35 percent of men have searched online sex ads but not engaged in the transaction. Data suggests that of the men who search online sex ads, most of their search activity happens during the work day, and many prostitution transactions happen on the way to work, during lunch, or immediately after work. Increasingly, major transportation brands and corporations are positioned to leverage their industry leadership and economic influence to raise awareness about the issue and effect change.

While TAT has developed the resources on its demand campaign webpage, as well as officially launched the overall effort, it will work together with DA and BEST to engage individuals and companies in efforts to eradicate demand, as well as keep the cultural conversation going.

Looking to expand both its outreach to the busing industry and to the oil and gas industry, Truckers Against Trafficking announces its two latest hires, Annie Sovcik, Busing on the Lookout BOTL program director, and Ashley Smith, oil and gas program manager. Sovcik joined TAT in January with over 12 years of experience as a human rights lawyer, working on anti-human trafficking, anti-torture, and refugee protection policies at a national and international level.

The partnership model that TAT embraces — enrolling industry leaders and empowering key personnel within the trucking industry to recognize and report human trafficking throughout the country — has generated a ripple effect that is far-reaching and deeply impactful, literally touching hundreds of thousands of lives.

She started her professional career as a high school educator, then moved on to work in community relations and training. A graduate of Texas Tech University, she is equipped with both knowledge of and connections in oil and gas. Pictured with Sovcik at the Bridgestone booth at the American Busing Association conference are Brad York, mileage sales field manager; Karl Webb, division manager; Warren Dickinson, general manager of mileage sales; Joe Leipart, division manager.

We are so grateful to Bridgestone, the American Bus Association, and Trailways for helping to open doors to industry leaders with us. I also want to recognize Trans-Bridge Lines, which operates in Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey, for being the first company to commit to training all of its employees with BOTL materials and the Wisconsin Department of Justice for being an early and enthusiastic partner. We still have so much more work to do but are off to a great start! At both trainings, TAT provided materials to stock scale houses, as well as a law enforcement training video and handouts with local resources and best practices for interacting with potential trafficking victims to the attendees.

As a result of the training, the Tennessee Highway Patrol incorporated the TAT law enforcement video into their orientation and ongoing training protocol; they will be stocking their weigh stations with wallet cards and posters; and they are seeking permission to begin showing the Kevin Kimmel, Everyone a Changemaker video in the weigh stations on a loop. In Illinois, prior to the training, five of the 29 ports of entry in Illinois were stocked with TAT materials. By Feb. We were also approached by the U. We spoke about arranging those events around the next ISP training or train the trainer.

At a news conference on Jan. Those efforts include placing more than 25, TAT stickers on semi-trucks throughout Arizona to encourage victims of human trafficking to seek help. It was invigorating to stand arm in arm with the Arizona Trucking Association, member companies and TAT shipping partners, along with Attorney General Brnovich, to say we are committed to fighting this scourge together; we will not be daunted in our efforts; and we will continue to pursue justice for victims of this crime. Knowing that another 25, TAT window decals will be placed on Arizona fleets to raise awareness about this crime and also provide the hotline number for both drivers and victims, is fantastic.

Williams Co. Both were well attended by law enforcement and trucking, with about 70 in South Carolina and 60 in Washington. The South Carolina build was held on Jan. At the build, the training and law enforcement panels focused on training law enforcement how to work with victims, how to document well in order to corroborate these cases, as well as ways that trucking can play a critical role in helping law enforcement identify these cases.

Participants were split fairly evenly between law enforcement and companies such as Microsoft, Costco, Foster Farms and other trucking companies, as well as truck stops. Law enforcement left with plans to partner with the trucking industry on investigations and operations; and participants from the trucking industry and other sectors left with a sense of empowerment to bring about change within their organizations. FedEx Corp. In fact, employee engagement is so critical in the fight against this crime, that it is the theme for the Truckers Against Trafficking annual report, coming soon.

TAT has recently completed a Corporate Engagement section of its website, and encourages everyone to take the time to go through it. In addition to other information, including why someone should decide to support TAT and the sponsorship levels available, there are case studies from a number of companies showing different methods of employee engagement. These include:. The company, which has been insuring trucking for over 80 years, wants to work with TAT to further its mission and goals. To do that, it plans to engage its key stakeholders, including employees, agents, customers and the greater Indianapolis community to continue raising awareness and inspire action in the fight against human trafficking.

As an industrial engineer, he developed operating plans for further expansions to Canada, Japan, Southeast Asia and Central America. In , McArdle began a series of relocations in which he took on a variety of roles. First, he ran air and ground operations in Colorado, then did the same in Southern California. Eric Higgs is a vice president of Marketing at Bridgestone, responsible for leading the marketing strategy and efforts for the Commercial group. Higgs brings more than 20 years of experience in global marketing to his role at Bridgestone.

In his last three years with Kimberly-Clark, Higgs led the Kleenex team on a journey to restore growth of the brand by reversing negative trends on sales, profit, share and penetration. This growth was supported by the launch of an exciting and award-winning commercial program and set the stage for continued category growth.

Higgs earned a bachelor of science in chemical engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a master of business administration from Duke University.

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Last year, Truckers Against Trafficking TAT capitalized on opportunities to expand and deepen relationships with trucking and shipping industry partners as well as with law enforcement agencies around the nation. This year, the opportunities we see include expansion into the commercial and school bus industries with Busing on the Lookout BOTL , a greater presence in the oil and gas industry, continued law enforcement trainings and coalition builds nationwide, a continually busy tour schedule for the Freedom Drivers Project to help raise awareness about human trafficking, and of course, working with trucking companies, travel plazas and trucking schools to see our training implemented as a part of orientation and safety meetings.

We are proud to stand with our fellow activists and trucking industry partners against the evil that normalizes the commercialization of people. Organizations and agencies around the nation put on events and conferences to educate their communities about this crime, and to also help point people in a direction where we can take direct action to combat it. We wish you a most wonderful new year! Throughout this month, and particularly on Jan.

Some steps anyone can take to be involved are:. It has the National Human Trafficking Hotline number on it as well as red flag indicators and basic information about human trafficking. It only takes a second. CSAT empowers the convenience store industry to play a vital role in stopping human trafficking in communities. There are more than , convenience stores that serve half the U. CSAT has industry partnerships spanning 30 states and more than 6, locations. You have been our model, guide, advisor and champion as we have embarked on our CSAT program.

We are so encouraged by your example and honored to be partnered with you in this work. The launch was originally scheduled for earlier in the fall, but an earthquake in Mexico City made that impossible.

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Bridgestone and UPS, and possibly Praxair, will be in attendance for the press conference, as well as strategy meetings following. TAT will also meet with Consejo Ciudadano to review an in-depth research report on the Mexican trucking industry put together by a group of students from Brigham Young University. Consejo Ciudadano is a Mexican NGO dedicated to serving the citizens of Mexico through a number of socially responsible programs, most notable of which is running a national crime and human trafficking hotline.

It partners with the U. TAT has been consulting with Consejo Ciudadano, as well as facilitating the introductions to and initial training implementation for major U. Guardianes del Asfalto consists of an online training for members of the Mexican trucking, bus and taxi industries that will include specific red flag indicators for how each of these occupations may encounter a victim.

Through a series of recent meetings hosted by shipping partner Dow Chemical, Truckers Against Trafficking TAT had the opportunity to connect with more than leaders representing over 30 companies. Following that, Laura Cyrus, TAT operations director, was invited to speak at a series of meetings, which took place in mid-November. Just imagine if one person took the time to educate family, friends and co-workers, and so on and so forth.

Within no time at all, the general public would know what to be on the lookout for. Our children would be aware of the traps set forth to lure them into this horrible world. And incident rates would drop, as human trafficking would no longer be the crime that silently slips by us all. To that end, Beck has worked to see that TAT training will be a mandatory requirement for all the carriers Dow hires.

That requirement is due to go into effect on April 1, My wife and I are blessed to have two daughters and five granddaughters, so the presentation really hit home for me. Laura created time in her schedule for our organization and gave a very upbeat, fact-filled overview of the scope of the problem.

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A critical component in the fight against human trafficking is the establishment of an effective and sustainable working relationship between the trucking industry and law enforcement statewide. In , TAT held eight coalition builds in five new states, introduced TAT to the oil and gas industry and educated a total of law enforcement officers, 83 truck stop employees, and 46 members of the trucking industry about human trafficking. Follow-up with attendees and impact reports show that many more people in each of these communities are being educated and trained about human trafficking as a result of the meetings.

Attendees become engaged about human trafficking and take the information back to their homes, communities and places of work. This meeting drew over 87 participants from the oil and gas industry, truck stops and travel plazas, trucking companies, and law enforcement. Survey comments following the build included the following:. Both were impactful and inspiring to do something to help out. While doing research for this nomination, it occurs to me that several past recipients of the Mike Russell award received their award, in part, for their partnership with TAT. The Mike Russell Trucking Image Award celebrates companies, organizations and individuals who creatively generate positive awareness of the trucking industry.

Without the support of these leaders, the benefits of an improved image of the trucking industry would not be possible. Submissions are evaluated by an expert impartial panel of judges based on:. It requires they recognize their own intersections with victims, buyers and traffickers and turn those encounters into opportunities to report this crime. They have done just that. Truckers, industry executives, manufacturers, truck stop operators, CDL instructors and so many more have stepped up in immeasurable ways, and, as a result, lives are being changed.

No one does this work for the recognition, and yet TAT is incredibly honored to receive the Mike Russell Image Award, because it was industry members, our fellow changemakers, who nominated us for it. It is our humble privilege to serve alongside them each and every day in combating this crime, and for this award, and for all of their efforts on a continual basis on behalf of victims everywhere, we thank you. On a first-of-its-kind tour of Volvo facilities across four states, Oct.

We really excel on the truckload products — the sleepers — for the over-the-road guys that are spending a lot of time out on the road and at truck stops. With more than , to , children at risk, this issue is widespread. With the training today, I now know what to look for if I suspect human trafficking. I feel better knowing I can contact US for help.

It was inspiring to see this commitment and willingness to engage. At the New River plant, local law enforcement and state police, impressed with what they were learning, requested additional trainings for their departments. The work of fighting human trafficking takes resolve, strategy, dedicated people, resources and money to continually expand the reach of the efforts as well as provide ongoing funding to the work already underway. New research completed by the International Labour Organization and its partners see article this newsletter reveals the scale of the crime continues to grow and there is no room for relaxed efforts, either abroad or nationally.

To that end, we have created new levels of corporate sponsorships and ask that you please examine them and thoughtfully consider where you, your company or your organization could join us in the work to fight this crime that destroys so many lives:. All of the Diamond benefits, plus extensive TAT promotion across multiple platforms website, newsletter, social media, radio announcing you as a Freedom Driver and overall strategic partner; the development of an internal email campaign for your employees showing the impact of your company investment; and a standing banner displaying your logo at all Freedom Drivers Project events.

All of the Platinum benefits, plus co-branding our informational brochure with your logo, and a Freedom Drivers Project media event at a location of your choice. All of the Gold benefits, plus your logo and a short description of your participation with TAT displayed as one of the scrolling slides on a monitor inside the trailer for one year; and your company promoted through media outlets when the press is in attendance at speaking events.

All of the Silver benefits, plus your company publicly thanked at speaking events as a strategic partner and your logo included in our monthly newsletter. All of the Bronze benefits, plus your logo displayed on the Freedom Drivers Project for one year and your logo included in our annual report. Your logo hyperlinked on the sidebar of our site, plus your logo, link, and word description on our Sponsor page. We have also been featured in nearly every major trucking publication in the United States. The data, released during the United Nations General Assembly, shows that more than 40 million people around the world were victims of modern slavery in The ILO have also released a companion estimate of child labor, which confirms that about million children, aged between 5 and 17, were subject to child labor.

The new estimates also show that women and girls are disproportionately affected by modern slavery, accounting for almost 29 million, or 71 per cent of the overall total. Women represent 99 per cent of the victims of forced labor in the commercial sex industry and 84 per cent of forced marriages.

The research reveals that among the 40 million victims of modern slavery, about 25 million were in forced labor, and 15 million were in forced marriage. Child labor remains concentrated primarily in agriculture Almost one in five child laborers work in the services sector An estimated 25 million people were in forced labor at any moment in time in Out of them, 16 million people were in forced labor exploitation in the private sector such as domestic work, construction, agriculture. About 5 million persons were in forced sexual exploitation, and just over four million persons or 16 per cent of the total were in forced labor imposed by their state authorities.

An estimated Of this total, 6. More than one third of all victims of forced marriage were children at the time of the marriage, and almost all child victims were girls. The highest number of children aged 5 to 17 engaged in child labor were to be found in Africa Approximately one third of children aged 5 to 14 engaged in child labor are outside the education system. PrePass allows trucks from fleets with good safety records to bypass truck scales and inspection facilities in 33 states, saving them time and fuel, and reducing operating costs.

PrePass also helps enforcementagencies more efficiently focus their safety efforts. Rasmussen has also been named co-chair of a new task force coordinating the National Truck Driver Appreciation Week. Throughout her career, Rasmussen has received numerous awards, recognitions and honors. He holds two patents and loves to invent and tinker. After listening to a TAT presentation in , Blake decided to do something that had never been done before: build a special themed truck and auction it off as a fundraiser for TAT. When Inland Kenworth was named the Successful Dealer of the Year during the Great American Trucking Show in Dallas in August, Blake and the Everyday Heroes truck were singled out as having played a major role in the final decision-making by those selecting the award winner.

With Hawaii, all 50 state trucking associations now aware of human trafficking through TAT. While statistics show that human trafficking takes place in all 50 states, the National Human Trafficking Hotline shows that since the hotline began in , there have been calls from Hawaii to report suspected human trafficking. These calls have resulted in cases, impacting victims. Unique to this presentation in Hawaii was the opportunity we had to train the busing industry at the conference, right alongside trucking.

We look forward to working with many transportation companies in Hawaii to combat trafficking in the crossroads of the Pacific. TAT engages business leaders in the fight to end human trafficking through United Way. As a part of the Employee Training and Engagement session, she, along with fellow panel members, discussed ways in which each organization was working to foster employee engagement and activation on the issue of human trafficking.

The forum was well attended by other anti-trafficking NGOs, supply chain consultants and experts and a variety of business leaders. Shamere McKenzie, a survivor-leader and the CEO of the Sun Gate Foundation, also spoke, offering a message of hope that was unifying and inspiring to all. They provide a service to this country and to each of us that we simply must acknowledge and celebrate.

And, on top of that, they are joining in the fight against human trafficking in an amazing show of force that is producing results. We are proud to salute them! Replacing Laura Cyrus, now TAT operations director, as TAT administrative specialist, Molly Griffiths first became passionate about the issue of human trafficking during college where she obtained a degree in psychology. Following graduation, while working at a high school in Los Angeles, Griffiths began to see the many challenges vulnerable youth face and wanted to help prevent some of these issues. I look forward to continuing to work with drivers and companies and to build this partnership even further.

She joined the anti-trafficking movement in upon learning that the average age a child is first trafficked for sex is years old in the United States. She knew she had to do something, so she started volunteering, soon realizing that there was a missing piece to her mission. In , Hudelson and a couple of friends decided to start the non-profit organization Unlock Freedom, focusing specifically on education and awareness in the community and schools.

A supporter of Truckers Against Trafficking, she is excited to join the team. While CAP grant money pays for the majority of coalition build costs, the ConocoPhillips grant money covers the costs for the Freedom Drivers Project to and from the events as well as lunch for all participants. The first build, co-hosted by TAT and the office of U. The next one is planned for Nov. TAT has participated in this program for several years in the hopes that it will help combat human trafficking and that other countries may consider adopting its model in full or part to work with the trucking industry in those lands.

More than 1, drivers, spouses, manufacturers, instructors, students, mechanics and more toured the FDP, were affected by its new exhibits of survivor artifacts and learned how they could save a life with a simple phone call. Given all of the legislative movement as of late, we want to make a statement about how TAT is operating. First and foremost, we think we can all agree that human trafficking should be fought.

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The question really is … how best do we do that? In trying to answer that question, TAT, while certainly learning as we go, is working with its trucking industry partners. From the beginning, we have made our materials free-of-charge and asked the industry to voluntarily adopt the training … and we are still doing that.

At the same time, the broader anti-trafficking movement has been hard at work getting every sector of our society … including legislators at the local, state and national levels … involved in combating the evils of human trafficking, and it is not surprising that we are seeing a host of new laws being offered for consideration. At the state level, we never make a move without the support of our trucking partners in that particular state.

And at times, TAT is only finding out about these bills via a media story or other third party and then contacting the state in order to try and weigh in on the matter. We fully recognize the concerns around the Arkansas law that recently passed requiring our training, and we have been working non-stop to co-brand training certificates for all AR-based companies who had already adopted the training or recently began in order to expedite the process for all concerned.

We will do the same in Kansas, where a similar law has already been put in place. Moving forward, we will be asking states who are pushing for across-the-board mandates to consider training implementation in CDL schools only, where drivers already find themselves in a classroom setting. When we do gain a seat at the table we are working to make these laws as effective as possible, and as palatable to the industry as can be. We are fully aware that trucking is one of the most over-regulated industries, and that you cannot legislate the mind and heart.

We also recognize that both sides of the aisle are coming together around this issue and therefore it is imperative that we try and work with them to form the legislation being proposed so that it does take into consideration the needs and concerns of the industry. This bill only incentivizes training at the federal level, it does not mandate it.

Ultimately, we want to see those who are enslaved set free … and we want to work with industry to accomplish this goal. We are asking for your continued support in this effort, and want you to know that your concerns are being heard and acted upon. Truckers Against Trafficking now has two part-time field trainers to present at coalition builds and to do law enforcement and additional specialized trainings as needed with Survivor-Leader Tajuan McCarty joining Survivor-Leader Beth Jacobs in the role of field trainer. Jacobs will cover the northern half of the United States, while McCarty covers all needed presentations in the southern half.

Her many experiences make her a passionate advocate for victims of sexual exploitation and human trafficking. TAT honors how we feel and what we say. I am not sure there is any other group that does this to the extent they do. Now I am one of them!!! God is so amazing how He opens doors and brings people together. Who would have thought plus years after walking onto the first truck stop lot when I was being trafficked, He would bring me to this! She holds master degrees in public health and public administration, as well as a bachelor of science in social work from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.

She continues to train law enforcement, social workers, and many other professionals to be aware of the signs of trafficking, understand the mindset of victims and how to relate without causing further harm. She has already made an incredible impact on all of the audiences we have put her in front of, and TAT is grateful for the skillset, passion and dedication both of these women bring to this issue and our mission.

The two-hour hearing educated lawmakers about the crime of human trafficking and how various industries are creatively working to combat it. Goetsch provided testimony as to ways the American trucking industry has responded to the realities of human trafficking and is actively serving as a model for other industries in combatting it. And a big thanks to Tony Justice for raffling off the guitar to benefit us! We wish him the greatest success on his new album Stars, Stripes and White Lines!

Thanks to Tony for being an amazing TAT! I was on pins and needles as the auction and bidding took place and was so happy that the truck was going to a local company that demonstrated its commitment to such a worthy cause. Jimenez, who was in South Africa at the time of the auction, produced the winning bid by proxy. Without their efforts, I would still be blind to this epidemic in our society. This money will enable us to continue to expand our work within the trucking industry, and also allow us to further our partnerships with law enforcement, additional modes of transportation, and multiple countries, in the fight against human trafficking.

We are extremely grateful to Ritchie Bros. Nearly people were trained. Kendis Paris, executive director of Truckers Against Trafficking, has been invited to testify before the U. Chaired by Senator John Thune of South Dakota, the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has jurisdiction over all proposed legislation, messages, petitions, memorials, and other matters relating to a long list of areas, including interstate commerce, highway safety, the regulation of interstate common carriers, including railroads, buses, trucks, vessels, pipelines and civil aviation, as well as transportation and transportation and commerce aspects of Outer Continental Shelf lands.

Baxter, Sgt. Reid and Agent Mullins all shared interdiction case studies and updated the audience on what they, as law enforcement officers, are seeing the field. She also requested that audience members representing various sectors within state government take the TAT Iowa MVE model back to their offices and start or continue discussions around how their states can increase levels of engagement with TAT. I was truly grateful that they each took the time to reference our organization by name and encouraged everyone in the room to get involved with our program.

I was able to pass out a number of law enforcement training DVDs, regular DVDs and wallet cards, and several attendees made a specific point to approach our table afterward and express their sincere thanks for our work and the excitement they have around the increasing efforts across the country to incorporate TAT training at the CDL school level. There was a good discussion at the end of the day about how to get more of the industry in Wyoming actively involved in combatting human trafficking.

Goetsch commented that one officer said he was just going to stop in but was surprised at how good the training and information was and decided to stay the whole day. Wyoming Highway Patrol, along with additional local law enforcement agencies who attended the meeting, are hoping to collaborate together to have TAT back out to train as many law enforcement in the state as possible.

This will include training all officers at 14 ports of entry and weigh stations. They will also be stocking all weigh stations and ports of entry with TAT materials. Truckers Against Trafficking TAT continues to maintain a strong relationship with law enforcement across the country. There, she will show the trailer for the law enforcement training video, as well as have a table with hard copies of the video available. TAT will provide the video as a resource to the agencies in attendance. Thank you for all that TAT does.

Clad in a new exterior wrap and with new survivor artifacts and exhibits inside, the Freedom Drivers Project FDP continues to churn up the miles as it attends events across the country. Each person will register to take the training, thereby creating an account. Should they pass the test and earn the certificate, they can print it out.

If they ever lose the certificate, they can log back in to their account and print another. If you have a smart phone, TAT has an App for you. The apps feature the TAT wallet card information in an easy-to-follow format. Get your app today, so you have the TAT wallet card with you always. Coalition builds are strategic half-day trainings to unify the efforts of law enforcement and trucking representatives and close loopholes to traffickers. This matching grant, if met, will not only fund eight additional coalition builds in but will provide funds for other TAT programs.

CAP likes to provide matching fund grants to bring funders and supporters together to maximize their impact for the organization they are supporting. With so many professional drivers now crossing borders in their jobs, traversing Mexico, the United States and Canada, TAT prints wallet cards in English and Spanish a French Canadian card is available on our website to ensure consistent messaging and that a vigilant population of drivers is equipped with the information they need.

Until recently, however, the National Human Trafficking Hotline number, , was the only number on the card. United, we can have a broader impact in the fight against human trafficking and see more victims recovered and more perpetrators brought to justice. We also are so thankful for our time with the Walmart Road Team, and the American Trucking Associations Road Team Captains, as both either volunteered at our booth or worked with us on a current project.

Auctioneers on June 20, with all proceeds going to TAT. Toward the end of the meeting, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey thanked the Council for their work to fight human trafficking, as well as TAT and the trucking industry, and then led council members and the audience to the capitol entrance to view the Everyday Heroes truck and take photos.

Ducey even sat in the cab and had fun honking the horn. Similar to members of the trucking industry, bus drivers and terminal employees are often in places where they can intersect with potential victims. They need training. TAT, through its connections with commercial vehicle enforcement and safety associations, has been approached for several years about creating industry-specific materials for employees in this area of transportation.

We know bus terminals are one of the places traffickers use for recruitment, and the buses themselves are a mode of transportation traffickers use to transport their victims. This includes both truck and bus CDL testers. We also want to thank Help Inc. The truck will be auctioned off June The special Kenworth T is fully loaded with a inch sleeper, hp Paccar MX engine, and Eaton Fuller Advantage speed automated transmission.

The response was nothing short of unbelievable. This project has mobilized a group of caring industry suppliers, and together we are going to help save some lives. Walton will also identify additional ways state agencies can partner with TAT via its applicable programs. She also worked for many years at the National Conference of State Legislatures, where she provided information, technical assistance and legislative testimony to states on a number of human services topics. She lives with her husband near Denver and, in their spare time, they like to explore the outdoors. Working to partner with their local Zonta group, Hoekstra Transportation LLC went the extra mile in and wrapped three of their trailers with anti-human trafficking messages.

The money was donated through fundraising efforts including golf tournaments, driver and member company donations and employee donations. Jacobs and Lanier receive high marks for law enforcement training in Mississippi. Between Jan. In four different locations, they conducted six three-hour trainings. The officers will be visiting truck stops and trucking companies within their jurisdiction and will use their position to raise awareness about TAT.

There was also interest from the Highway Patrol for possible trainings as well. They were like me when I first attended the class in that they were under the impression the person being trafficked had broken the law and needed to be dealt with accordingly. We did not see them as a victim at that time.

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