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7.19.17 – (LAA/LUS) – Human Trafficking Survey – We Need Your Help!

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

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Human Trafficking Survey – We Need Your Help!

Earlier this week, the Company announced that our airline would be the third airline, after Delta and Volaris, to sign ECPAT-USA’s Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct. Later this year, the Company will also begin training pilots and airport team members to help us combat human trafficking.


“As aviation’s first responders, APFA is committed to saving lives by reporting the signs of human trafficking through a coordinated effort with our pilots as well as law enforcement agencies on the ground,” said APFA National President Bob Ross. “We spend hours interacting with passengers and we know when something is not right. Traffickers use the convenience of commercial air travel to move their victims and we, as Flight Attendants, are in a crucial position to be able to help stop human trafficking.”

Nancy Rivard is a former APFA member and the founder of Airline Ambassadors’ International, an organization that has been on the forefront of human trafficking awareness. Human trafficking is the second most prevalent crime in the world affecting millions of children and adults each year.

APFA is proud to work with Nancy to advance human trafficking legislation in Washington. Currently, the Frederick Douglas Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act has passed in the House and will go to the Senate.

Also, a component of the FAA Reauthorization Bill seeks to identify ways to strengthen human trafficking training for airline personnel. We are supporting both efforts but it will be a fight and we need your help.  

“We are making sure strides with the new legislation, ensuring that the critical infrastructure of our transportation system will no longer be used as a tool to implement human trafficking, or modern day slavery,” said Rivard. “This is the fastest growing crime in the world and is linked to drug trafficking, human smuggling, arms trafficking and terrorism. Trafficking aboard aircraft is also a cabin safety issue. More work must be done to provide effective training to all aviation employee groups, but American’s signing of the ECPAT Code of Conduct is a HUGE step in a positive direction.”

Nancy needs our help collecting information from Flight Attendants on suspected cases of human trafficking aboard the aircraft. Please take time to complete the following 1 minute anonymous survey. Your answers will help APFA and Airline Ambassadors better understand the extent and nature of this issue.

>>>>Read Nancy’s testimony before the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation

>>>>Read Nancy’s presentation at the United Nations General Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters in New York

When you suspect a case of human trafficking on your aircraft, take action! To report suspected human trafficking, Airline Ambassadors developed the TIP Line app. It is free and easy to use.
Thank you for being vigilant in the sky.
In Unity,
Allie Malis
APFA Interim National Government Affairs Representative


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