Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice (AFRJ), and Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), along with fellow leading trade associations, hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to educate Members of Congress and their staffs on the critical role of partnerships to address human trafficking.
“The U.S. Chamber and our members are committed to combating human trafficking, and we are pleased to provide these new resources,” said Michael Billet, director of policy research for the Employment Policy Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The U.S. Chamber will continue to play an essential role in combating this heinous crime.”
During the briefing, the U.S. Chamber and Truckers Against Trafficking unveiled an update to their business engagement toolkit. The toolkit, Business Engagement Toolkit for the Transportation and Energy Industries, provides businesses with available resources that will enable them to provide anti-human trafficking training for employees, customers, and the community and participate in victim-centered public awareness campaigns. Bridgestone Americas, Penske, Phillips 66, FedEx, and UPS are highlighted as industry leaders in this fight.
"As TAT exists to educate and equip members of the transportation and energy industries to combat human trafficking, we are excited to share this new resource, co-created with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, to guide companies on how to implement more comprehensive and effective anti-trafficking initiatives,” said Annie Sovick, senior director of programs and strategic initiatives at Truckers Against Trafficking.
Additionally, the U.S. Chamber and the AFRJ released the publication, Atlanta Businesses Fight Against Human Trafficking. The publication emphasizes the importance of regional partnerships to fight this heinous crime and spotlights local anti-human trafficking initiatives led by Amerigroup, Deloitte, Delta, the Metro Atlanta Chamber, Randstad, and UPS in the greater Metro Atlanta region. The objective is to present an outline of anti-human trafficking interventions that can be replicated throughout the U.S.
“Business leaders are essential partners to end human trafficking and support survivors in the local communities where they live, work, and serve,” said Ashleigh Chapman, President and CEO of the Alliance for Freedom, Restoration, and Justice. “This publication highlights the great work pioneered by business leaders in Atlanta, in partnership with local nonprofits and government agencies. These types of partnerships lead to amazing progress in this fight, and we hope it inspires others to do the same.”