Article by Truckers Against Trafficking, May 19, 2011
Marietta, PA May 19, 2011--Chapter 61 Ministries, in cooperation with a key trucking industry participant, TravelCenters of America (TA), is expanding its educational outreach on the issue of human trafficking. Human trafficking training materials, made available to members of the trucking industry through Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), an initiative of Chapter 61 Ministries, will be used by TravelCenters of America (TA) to educate its workforce and help raise awareness about TAT's key issues to its community of customers.
"We're extremely encouraged by TA's participation to help get our message across," said Kendis Paris, TAT national director. "Their decision to use TAT materials will disseminate the message to thousands of members of the trucking industry and better equip them to understand and help fight human trafficking, which is why TAT exists."
Commenting on TA's decision to participate in this educational role, Barry Richards, executive vice president of TravelCenters of America, stated, "Truckers are among our country's most caring, upstanding individuals, and trucking-related initiatives like TAT work to address issues important to the trucking community. TA is proud to be part of that community and to play a small part in furthering TAT's mission among its many trucking community supporters."
The TAT initiative has a four-fold purpose: to educate members of the trucking/travel plaza industry about human trafficking and the role they can play in fighting it, equip them with tools, empower them with steps to take and mobilize them to take a stand against one of the world's most lucrative and destructive crimes. The initiative includes a website, www.truckersagainsttrafficking.com where the TAT video can be viewed; webinars; Human Trafficking 101 classes; wallet cards with questions to ask, red flags to look for and the National Hotline number to call if trafficking is suspected; posters; and publicity and promotion.
Human trafficking, a term for modern-day slavery, is a $32-billion worldwide industry with more than 27 million people enslaved in the world today. In the United States, it has been reported in all 50 states, and the number of victims is estimated in the hundreds of thousands.
For more information about Chapter 61, please contact email@example.com or Kendis Paris at 720-202-1037.
For more information about TFC's Initiative Against Human Trafficking, please contact our coordinator, Lynn Kolb, at 717-426-9977, Ext. 112 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about TFC contact:
Jane Evans, Director of Communications PO Box 117 Marietta, PA 17547 email@example.com 717-426-9977, ext. 101
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