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1.10.22 – January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Monday, January 10, 2022

January 11th is Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Wear Blue to Raise Awareness

Are you ready for #WearBlueDay? On Tuesday, January 11th, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, join the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign, as well as other organizations and individuals across the country, in wearing blue to encourage public awareness about human trafficking.

Participating in #WearBlueDay is easy. You just need to:

  • Wear a piece of blue clothing on Tuesday, January 11, and encourage your colleagues, friends, and family to do the same. It can be a hat, shirt, dress, tie, or uniform – anything blue!
  • Post a photo of yourself or with others on social media (Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram) wearing blue with the hashtag #WearBlueDay.
    • Note: If you gather in person for a #WearBlueDay photo, practice social distancing, wear a mask, and follow local guidelines to keep each other safe. Consider utilizing a virtual meeting to take a screenshot of yourself and others wearing blue to post on January 11.
  • Tag @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram so we can see how you’re participating.

 

Check out how other organizations have participated in #WearBlueDay in the past. You can also find more ideas on how you can get involved this January by visiting the Blue Campaign Website.

For updates leading up to #WearBlueDay, follow @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. We look forward to seeing you in blue on January 11.

Flight Attendants Can Combat Human Trafficking

Sex and labor trafficking are happening every day, making human trafficking the second largest crime in the world, after drug trafficking. Traffickers often use the convenience of commercial aviation to transport victims. The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that there are over 40 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. Flight Attendants are in a unique position to identify and report it, and because of our efforts, lives have been saved.

As safety professionals and aviation’s first responders, our responsibilities on the airplane continue to grow and evolve. We are the eyes and the ears in the cabin, and we can often sense when something is not right.

APFA members have attended anti-trafficking training and completed surveys to help identify how we can stop human trafficking on our airplanes. Thank you for your contributions.

Indicators of Human Trafficking

  • Not controlling their own ID or travel documents.
  • Having restricted movement.
  • Lacking knowledge or logical means of reaching their final destination.
  • Non-genuine relationship, particularly child/guardian.
  • Appearing fearful, anxious, depressed, submissive, tense, nervous, or paranoid.

 

If You Suspect Human Trafficking:

  • Inform the cockpit.
  • Call the Department of Homeland Security Tip Line: 866-DHS-2-TIP (866-347-2423)
    • Or submit your tip online here.
  • Call Department of Transportation National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-3737-888.
    • Or text 233733.

 

TraffickCam in Hotels

We are the eyes in the sky, but we can also be the eyes in the hotel. Download the TraffickCam app on your phone. Traffickers regularly post photos of their victims posed in hotel rooms for online advertisements. This app enables you to upload photos of your hotel room to help law enforcement catch traffickers and save victims.

Thank you for your vigilance.

In Solidarity,

Allie Malis
APFA Government Affairs Representative

Lori Glattly
APFA Government Affairs Representative

legislation@apfa.org

1004 West Euless Boulevard
Euless, Texas 76040

Phone: (817) 540-0108
Fax: (817) 540-2077

 

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