HEADLINES: Trafficking

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Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano this week reported a new anti-trafficking partnership between the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Amtrak.  Under the new program, which is an extension of DHS’s Blue Campaign, Amtrak employees will receive training in how to identify and report probable incidents of trafficking. Nearly 30 million passengers rode Amtrak trains in the 2011 fiscal year, and Amtrak has stations in nearly every state in the country. Collaboration with the transportation sector is a key part of the federal government’s anti-trafficking measures.  [KCinfo]

The American Trucking Association (ATA) this week announced it will collaborate with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), an anti-trafficking non-profit, in order to promote anti-trafficking education and action within the trucking profession. The partners hope to educate truckers on what to look for and how to report suspected cases of trafficking. ATA Chairman Dan England said that “these professionals are the eyes and ears of our nation’s highways, and with knowledge and guidance, they can make a difference and save lives.”  Traffickers are in a unique position to help fight human traffickers, who often “sell” their victims at truck stops, travel plazas, and rest stops. Such spots are convenient for the traffickers, and the transient populations who frequent these locations are less likely to “rescue” the victims. The partners will work to make sure that truck stops are no longer fertile ground for human trafficking. [sacbee]

President Obama recently announced his administration’s renewed focus on human trafficking, including a stronger ban on human trafficking in government contractors and the creation of a Global Business Coalition Against Trafficking. To keep American companies accountable, the White House has been working with Free the Slaves (FTS), an anti-trafficking non-profit. FTS has been pushing the administration to consider new federal legislation that would require every company making $100 million or more in revenue “to report where their products were made.” FTS has also implemented a new program called Free2Work, which ranks over 600 brands on their business practices in relation to trafficking, so consumers can see how brands in different categories compare to each other. [usnews]

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