Human Trafficking Awareness Resources

Use the links below to navigate AAAE's resources and find facts, figures, and information on how to combat human trafficking in airports. 

Research

Airport Magazine: Fighting Human Trafficking in the Travel Industry
The first step in combating human trafficking is learning to spot warning signs, and travel industry employees should participate in training seminars that are tailored to them. Airport, airline and security personnel who have completed human trafficking awareness training are a vital first line of defense in the effort to prevent this crime.

6/5/2020 12:00:00 AM
U.S. Department of State - Trafficking in Persons Report
This report arms governments with the data they need to increase the prosecution of traffickers, provide victim-centered and trauma-informed protection for victims of trafficking, and prevent this crime altogether.

6/1/2020 12:00:00 AM
Crisis in Human Trafficking During the Pandemic
Polaris has been carefully tracking the potential impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on victims and survivors of sex and labor trafficking. As part of this effort, Polaris has undertaken a systematic examination of relevant data from the Polaris-operated U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline.

4/30/2020 12:00:00 AM
Stamping Out Exploitation in Travel
Stamping Out Exploitation in Travel is a benchmarking report that presents key findings and themes from a study of 70 companies in the travel industry on their initiatives to fight human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. The report establishes a way to measure progress, identifies the baseline for their engagement, and highlights best practices to encourage cross-learning within the travel industry.

9/30/2019 12:00:00 AM
Males- The Silent Victims of Human Trafficking
Males also face the reality of being trafficked, yet they are vastly underrepresented by the news stories and dramatization of human trafficking in books and movies.

8/26/2019 12:00:00 AM
Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking
The Department of Transportation Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking (ACHT) makes recommendations on actions the Department can take to help combat human trafficking, and to develop recommended best practices for States and State and local transportation stakeholders in combating human trafficking.

7/2/2019 12:00:00 AM
Polaris: On-Ramps, Intersections and Exit Routes
Airlines are used in transporting hundreds of thousands of migrant workers from all over the world to the United States every year. For instance, a 2014 Urban Institute report indicates that 71 percent of their surveyed sample of labor trafficking victims arrived in this country via airplane before they were trafficked. Knowing the flight patterns offers other potential avenues for outreach.

8/1/2018 12:00:00 AM

Training

Human Trafficking Awareness Training
AAAE's new human trafficking training provides airport employees information on how to identify the warning signs and behaviors of human trafficking activity in various parts of the airport.

1/24/2020 12:00:00 AM

Resources

Press Release: AAAE Partners With DHS and DOT to Combat Human Trafficking
Alexandria, Va. – The American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the U.S. Departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and Transportation (DOT) in support of the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), which trains airport tenants and staff on how to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement.

7/7/2022 12:00:00 AM
Human Trafficking Awareness Training
AAAE's new human trafficking training provides airport employees information on how to identify the warning signs and behaviors of human trafficking activity in various parts of the airport.

1/24/2020 12:00:00 AM
Polaris Project
Founded in 2002, Polaris operates the National Human Trafficking Hotline. Polaris turns knowledge into targeted systems-level strategies to disrupt and prevent human trafficking.

1/16/2020 12:00:00 AM
Anti-Trafficking International
A team dedicated to defeating the scourge of human trafficking through uniquely targeted programs.

1/15/2020 12:00:00 AM
Airline Ambassadors International
Human Trafficking Prevention program that educates on human trafficking awareness at home and abroad

12/28/2019 12:00:00 AM
Artworks for Freedom
Organization that multifaceted, arts-based awareness campaigns in cities and communities across the globe that combine exhibitions, performances, lectures and other events to draw attention to human trafficking.

12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM
DHS - What Is Human Trafficking?
Information on and tools for teaching more about human trafficking from the Department of Homeland Security.

12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM
Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking
The Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking (TLAHT) initiative is comprised of transportation and travel industry stakeholders working jointly to maximize their collective impact in combating human trafficking.

12/27/2019 12:00:00 AM
AAAE Special Report: A Conversation on Aviation and Human Trafficking
AAAE's Melissa Sabatine moderates a special discussion on human trafficking with Nancy Rivard, President, Airline Ambassadors International; and Ashley Woods, Campaign Manager, Artworks for Freedom.

9/2/2019 12:00:00 AM