Airlines Join Transportation’s Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts

Under a voluntary new partnership with the U.S. government, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Allegiant Air, and North American Airlines will train their employees to recognize human trafficking indicators, both in flight and on the ground.

“We cannot let the American transportation system be an enabler in these criminal acts,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “With today’s announcement, we are sending a message to any would-be traffickers — whether you travel by land, by rail or by air, we will be watching you. By working together, we can raise awareness and keep an eye out for these activities.”

Together, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) developed a training program called the Blue Lightning Initiative that is available to airlines as part of the DHS Blue Campaign to help them educate their employees on potential indicators of human trafficking and how to identify potential victims and notify federal authorities.

In addition to inviting airlines to join the Blue Lightning partnership, the Transportation Department joined with the Department of Homeland Security and the Amtrak, the U.S. rail passenger service, in October 2012 to help train Amtrak employees on what to do if they suspect someone is being trafficked. Amtrak is currently developing a system for training all 20,000 of its employees. The Transportation Department has also trained its more than 55,000 employees to identify and report human trafficking, and is working with representatives from all modes of transportation to secure industry support in stopping this crime.

For more information, visit the Transportation Department’s human trafficking website and the Department of Homeland Security’s DHS Blue Campaign.

Learn more at the IIP Digital article: Airlines, U.S. Agencies Partner to Combat Human Trafficking.

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