In honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the AHLA Foundation is proud to unveil a series of resources to build on the current work being done in the industry to fight the scourge of human trafficking.
- “Combating Trafficking During COVID-19: 5 Ways To Enhance Efforts”: AHLAF teamed up with ECPAT-USA to develop five ways that hotels can enhance efforts to combat human trafficking in light of increasing vulnerabilities from COVID-19.
- ECPAT-USA’s “Unpacking Human Trafficking Vol. 3”, funded by AHLAF, is the latest update in a series of reports providing a summary of the laws of the 50 states relating to the display of human trafficking awareness posters in lodging facilities and the requirement that employees be trained to recognize and handle suspected incidents of human trafficking.
AHLA and AHLAF Hold Pre-Super Bowl Event
On January 11, 2021, AHLAF and AHLA also held a No Room for Trafficking Awareness event with It’s a Penalty, A21, the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association, and the Tampa Super Bowl Host committee to raise awareness of human trafficking in advance of Super Bowl LV.
Pictured from left to right: It’s a Penalty’s U.S. Director of Partnerships Josh Miller, Tampa International Airport’s Senior Marketing Manager Danny Cooper, A21’s U.S. Director of Advocacy Mollie Thorsen, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, AHLA’s Senior Vice President Shelly Weir, Hilton’s Area Vice President John Parkinson, Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Director of Membership Dannette Lynch.
Attended by nearly 300 attendees virtually, the event featured welcome remarks by Hilton’s Area Vice President John Parkinson, a keynote address from the Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody, a panel discussion with leading experts, and a short training to raise awareness and educate hotel employees about the signs and ways to report instances of trafficking.
Thank you to everyone who has supported the Blue Campaign’s largest initiative – #WearBlueDay – by taking a photo of you wearing blue clothes today and sharing it on social media – Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram – along with the #WearBlueDay hashtag.
Free Online Human Trafficking Awareness Training
Sign up today to complete or bring a free 30-minute online human trafficking training program, available in 17 languages, directly to your hotel property. The training is targeted for hotel employees at all levels of a property.
This training was produced by Marriott International in collaboration with ECPAT-USA and Polaris with the support of the AHLA Foundation, an ECPAT-USA corporate partner in protection.
Free Signs and Resources
ECPAT-USA has developed posters that comply with various human trafficking laws, including state-specific cases.
National Human Trafficking Hotline Awareness Materials: The Hotline provides a free, downloadable flyer in 20 languages and a wallet-sized card in English and Spanish. Additionally, the card can be easily downloaded and added to your website.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign: This includes options for indicator pocket cards as well as signage here. Another way that your hotel can raise awareness with guests is through social media posts that highlight our industry’s unified commitment to preventing human trafficking in hotels.
Sample Company-Wide Policy
As part of the campaign, the AHLA is providing members with a recommended company-wide policy template that companies can adopt to ensure they have a comprehensive employee code of conduct in place and to ensure unified standards across the industry.