DHS and American Airlines Partner to Fight Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is working with American Airlines in an effort to combat human trafficking. 

DHS announced the partnership this month as part of the DHS Blue Campaign. 

“The Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign is excited about its partnership with American Airlines. The airline provides human trafficking awareness training to nearly 60,000 team members, including flight attendants, pilots and customer service team members. This partnership is an invaluable opportunity to educate the public about the crime of human trafficking, how to recognize the indicators of trafficking when it happens, and what they can do to report it,” said Trent Frazier, executive director of the Office of Campaigns and Academic Engagement, in a release on the partnership.

DHS officials said the two organizations will work together on awareness of human trafficking by sharing awareness materials, engaging in events and public awareness campaigns, and amplifying a shared anti-trafficking message

“With the force of partnership, we know we can better raise awareness and more effectively prevent human trafficking ― an awful crime that happens all too often and affects far too many,” said Nate Gatten, senior vice president of Government Affairs for American. 

January is also known as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. And, DHS released its Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking, the Importation of Goods Produced with Forced Labor, and Child Sexual Exploitation. The document details he Department’s priorities over the next five years to more effectively and efficiently combat the growing threat of human trafficking.

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