Thursday, January 9, 2019
Human Trafficking Survey
January 11th is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and throughout January we observe National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. To combat this worldwide crime, our union has been a proud and longtime supporter of former APFA member and founder of Airline Ambassadors International, Nancy Rivard. This month APFA is also working with the organization United Against Slavery to collect the much-needed data to help put an end to human trafficking. Aside from aviation, United Against Slavery is also working with other industries in an effort to combat all modes of human trafficking. The United Against Slavery National Outreach Survey is the largest and most comprehensive “frontline” data collection in the anti-trafficking movement.
Preventing human trafficking begins with accurate and up-to-date information. The data obtained from the survey will help:
- Find areas that Flight Attendants need more training in identifying sex or labor trafficking
- Develop specific recommendations for airlines to help equip employees in identifying human trafficking
- Support new, broader policies in this fight for human rights
Human trafficking is happening every day. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. Flight Attendants are in a unique position to prevent it, and because of our efforts, lives have been saved. Your input and experiences are valuable. If you choose to participate, the National Outreach Survey will be available between now and April 6th.
If you suspect human trafficking, please call the toll-free Department of Homeland Security Tip Line: 866-DHS-2-TIP (866-347-2423) or online here
APFA National Government Affairs Representative