Truckers Against Trafficking
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a 501(c) 3 that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to combat human trafficking as part of their regular jobs.
- Make TAT materials a regular part of training/orientation for members of the trucking industry so that when they suspect human trafficking, they can report it at 1-888-3737-888.
- Partner with law enforcement to facilitate the investigation of human trafficking.
- Marshal the resources of the trucking industry to combat this crime.
Making an Impact:
- Before TAT existed, only sporadic tips were being reported by the trucking industry, but now they have made over 1371 calls to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center, generating 425 cases of sex trafficking involving 744 victims, 249 of those minors, making them one of the fastest growing demographic of callers nationwide.
- National trucking organizations like the American Trucking Association, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, and the Truckload Carriers Association have entered into partnership with TAT, along with numerous state trucking associations, and large companies (like Ryder, Werner, J.B. Hunt, TA/Petro, Bridgestone, and more), in order to get the word out.
- TAT is building coalitions between general managers of truck stops/travel plazas and the law enforcement that investigate trafficking cases on their lots, (FBI, AG’s office, DHS, local PD, US Attorney, etc.) in order to close loopholes to traffickers who exploit industry businesses for criminal gain, and to mobilize a local response.
- TAT works with the Iowa OMVE/DOT, who created a statewide model in order to utilize/mobilize weigh stations, rest stops, and state patrol in helping to get the word out, train law enforcement, and gain entry points into the trucking industry. Twenty-three states, and DC have now adopted the model in part or in whole. And beginning in July of this year, TAT training will become a mandated portion of entry-level driver CDL curriculum for Ohio.
- TAT/the trucking industry were awarded the Suzanne McDaniel Memorial Award for Public Awareness as part of the Congressional Victims Rights Caucus Awards in 2015. It was also chosen as one of the 100 Best Practices to fight human trafficking by the United Nations (GIFT). It won the Norma Hotaling Award for Demand Reduction, the Award of Distinction from the OK Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Motor Transport Association of CT honored TAT with their Good Buddy Award. TAT has also been asked by the State Department to consult with a multitude of countries regarding its model via their International Visitors Leadership Program.
- Thanks to multiple sponsorships from the trucking industry, in 2014, TAT was able to field the Freedom Drivers Project (FDP), a unique, 48-foot mobile exhibit and museum, showcasing information/training on domestic sex trafficking, the artifacts and stories of survivors and the actions of the trucking industry to fight this crime. The FDP is in high demand across the nation by legislators, anti-trafficking groups and trucking leaders and associations.
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