Overview

The No Room for Trafficking program builds on the hotel and lodging industry’s longstanding commitment to eradicate human trafficking by uniting us around collective anti-trafficking efforts to meet the needs of today’s hospitality employers and employees.

Our program helps:

  • Elevate the issue of human trafficking and industry efforts to prevent and combat it

  • Educate industry employers and employees to identify and report suspected trafficking in hotels and communities nationwide

  • Empower survivors with the support they need to thrive 

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Elevate: Amplifying Our Efforts

Resources - The AHLA Foundation offers a variety of industry-relevant resources – including a No Room for Trafficking Member Resource Guide – to help identify the signs of human trafficking alongside resources for reporting, prevention, and community awareness.

Events - Throughout the year, we provide materials, resources and speakers for community-based events in addition to hosting major events aligned with National Human Trafficking Awareness Month (January) and World Day Against Trafficking in Persons (July 30th).

These events allow participants to:

  • Learn about the hotel industry’s trafficking prevention and training efforts
  • Hear from industry colleagues and partners about new and innovative strategies
  • Stay updated on the latest training updates and partnership opportunities

 

AHLA Foundation hosted the No Room for Trafficking Summit in July– where hospitality industry leaders, alongside public and private sector partners, learned about emerging trends and areas of innovation. During the Summit, the AHLA Foundation announced a total of $1 million in donations from Hyatt Hotels  Foundation, G6 Hospitality, and Extended Stay America to unveil the ‘No Room for Trafficking Survivor Fund’ and expand the hotel industry’s ongoing work to support human trafficking prevention. 

Outreach – We travel nationwide to illuminate critical issues related to human trafficking, sharing about industry anti-trafficking efforts as well as the latest training programs, partnerships and educational resources available to support our members and their employees.

 

Educate Employers and Employees

To support the safety of guests and employees, the hotel and lodging industry continuously updates and expands its training programs to increase identification and reporting of suspected human trafficking. The AHLA Foundation supports the free distribution of two key courses, produced by Marriott International, and donated for industry-wide use, in collaboration with ECPAT-USA and Polaris.

Free Online Human Trafficking Awareness Training

Hotel employees who have undergone training are more aware of trafficking when it happens – and are more willing to report it – than those who have not been trained. That is why hotels across the country are continuously expanding training tools and resources to ensure employees remain vigilant and have a deep understanding of the most up-to-date indicators to spot human trafficking. 

Over half a million hotel workers have been trained through the industry's free 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, and the e-learning program can be accessed through ECPAT-USA’s Learning Management System** or be licensed and hosted directly on an employer’s Learning Management System.  

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.
 

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New Training Alert!

“Recognize and Respond: Addressing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry” builds upon Marriott’s foundational training program by incorporating hotel-level feedback that requested additional, in-depth content to help associates turn awareness into action. Marriott has donated this new training program to ECPAT-USA, and with continued AHLA Foundation support, it is now available for free to the industry here. The new training features:

• Unique learning paths for associates and managers;

• Increased guidance on responding to potential trafficking situations and interacting with potential victims;

• Hypothetical scenarios to practice decision-making in an authentic context; and,

• Knowledge checks throughout to enhance learning retention.

Additionally, human trafficking survivors, including members of ECPAT-USA's Survivors' Council and consultants hired by Polaris, collaborated to ensure is the training content is survivor-centered and trauma-informed, as well as appropriate for any survivors who may be working in hotels and required to take human trafficking awareness training.

Access New Training Here

Empower: Survivor Support

As training and awareness efforts increase reports of human trafficking worldwide, the AHLA Foundation strives to support the needs of identified survivors, as a means of preventing continued victimization. The Survivor Fund, launched in July 2022 thanks to the generosity of the Hyatt Hotels Foundation, G6 and Extended Stay America, will support survivors’ stability and empowerment through grants to organizations that directly serve them and their families.

Human Trafficking Member Resource

The AHLA Foundation is pleased to unveil an updated No Room for Trafficking Member Resource Guide.  This updated guide includes an action plan with recommended steps for hotels to take to begin combatting the issue and pertinent partner information to help reinforce industry efforts.

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Unpacking Human Trafficking

Produced by ECPAT-USA through funding from the AHLA Foundation, the “Unpacking Human Trafficking” report provides 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. 

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Signs & Resources

Marriott International has produced an assortment of free downloadable posters for the hotel industry to raise awareness of human trafficking and its common indicators with employees and guests. 

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.

To view AHLA’s recommended company policy, click here.

To further customize your template company policy, contact Polaris by emailing corporateengagement@polarisproject.org. Polaris will work with your specific brand or property to develop tailored solutions to help shape your property and employee’s responses to trafficking. 
 

Human Trafficking Prevention Partners

Combatting Trafficking During COVID-19

COVID-19 has amplified vulnerabilities in communities across the country, making some individuals more at risk of being trafficked.

  • Researchers have already noted that "the COVID-19 pandemic has created circumstances that may increase the risk of trafficking, inhibit identification of those who are trafficked and those who survive trafficking, and make it harder to deliver comprehensive services to support survivors' recovery." 
  • Interpol reports that "under-reporting of child sexual abuse and increased sharing of child exploitation material through peer-to-peer networks are among the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic."  
  • The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children reported a 93% increase in online enticement reports from January to June 2020 versus the same time in 2019.

Our donors give generously. We thank them sincerely.

2022 Castell Build & Elevate Sponsors

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  • CBRE

2021 Donor List

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