Employees Trained to Identify & Report Suspected Human Trafficking Since 2020
Contributed to industry’s first-ever Survivor Fund
“In 2021, 10,359 situations of human trafficking were reported to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline involving 16,554 individual victims. Shocking as these numbers are, they are likely only a fraction of the actual problem,” said Polaris Project.
The No Room for Trafficking (NRFT) program builds on the hotel and lodging industry’s longstanding commitment to eradicate human trafficking by uniting us around collective anti-trafficking efforts that meet the needs of today’s hospitality employers and employees.
Through NRFT events, partnerships, and resources, we strive to
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, and
EMPOWER survivors with the support they need to thrive.
ELEVATE: Amplifying Industry Efforts
The AHLA Foundation offers a variety of industry-relevant resources – including a Member Resource Guide – to help identify the signs of human trafficking alongside tools for reporting, prevention and community awareness from partner organizations and agencies.
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).
We travel nationwide to illuminate critical issues related to human trafficking, to share our industry’s anti-trafficking efforts as well as the latest training programs, partnerships and educational resources available to support our members and their employees.
EDUCATE: Provide Free, Accessible Training to Employers and Employees
To support the safety of guests and employees, the hotel and lodging industry continuously updates and expands its training programs aimed at increasing the identification and reporting of suspected human trafficking. The AHLA Foundation supports the free distribution of the below industry-standard courses through PACT, with special thanks to Marriott International, for the development of these programs and donation for free, industry-wide use.
“Your Role in Preventing Human Trafficking: Recognize the Signs”
This free 30-minute online training program discusses the intersections between human trafficking and the hotel industry.
- Completed by more than 1 Million industry employees since 2020
- Available in 17 languages & for integration with corporate LMS platforms
- Can be taken virtually and/or delivered in person via direct request to NRFT@ahla.com
Recognize and Respond: Addressing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry
This free course builds on the foundation of the 30-minute training above and provides increased guidance on responding to potential trafficking situations.
- Increased interactivity with scenario-based learning and mobile-friendly design
- Unique learning paths for associates & managers
- 60-minute training for associates
- 80-minutes training for managers
- Based on hotel-level feedback and survivor perspective
- Available online only
- Currently available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), English, French, and Spanish
EMPOWER: Survivor Support
As training and awareness efforts increase reports of human trafficking, the AHLA Foundation strives to prevent the potential re-victimization of identified survivors by supporting their immediate and longer-term stability. We are evolving our workforce development and academic programs to include opportunities that match the unique needs of survivors as they develop career pathways for long-term stability. And together with industry leaders we have launched the industry’s first-ever Survivor Fund to provide grants to organizations that directly empower and sustain survivors and their families on their path forward.