TRUCKERS AGAINST TRAFFICKING
CANADA

Canadian drivers work diligently to deliver products and people safely to their intended destinations across North America. And in the course of their everyday jobs, these drivers have the opportunity to be a hero to some of the most vulnerable people – victims of human trafficking. While the realities of human trafficking in Canada are heinous, professional drivers are uniquely positioned to disrupt this crime, simply by taking a second look and making a phone call. Partner with TAT Canada today and activate your workforce to aid in victim identification and recovery.

Train your drivers and register your company! TAT provides free, industry-specific training materials for the trucking, bus, and energy industries. To learn more about these programs and training materials, click here.

Trucking 
TAT’s Industry Training Program drives the greatest impact by training hundreds of thousands of industry members on the realities of sex trafficking and how the trucking industry can combat it. Canadian trucking companies and their drivers, along with truck stop employees, will learn about the red flags of human trafficking and how to report these to the Canadian authorities. Through nationwide presentations, using a robust social media program and via our industry-specific training materials, TAT partners with trucking schools, carriers, truck stops, as well as shippers, manufacturers and provincial and national trucking associations, in order to spread the word. If you are interested in getting involved by training your company or taking the training yourself, please contact tat.truckers@gmail.com or visit our trucking training materials page here. In addition, click here to take a virtual tour of our Freedom Drivers Project.

Busing
The bus industry in Canada – commercial and school – has a key role to play in combating human trafficking, which is why TAT launched Busing on the Lookout (BOTL) and created free niche-specific training resources for the bus industry. Whether working as a professional driver, a customer service agent, a ticket counter representative, a school bus aide, a security guard, a dispatch operator, or maintenance staff, members of the bus industry may be coming into contact with human trafficking victims in the course of their everyday jobs. By knowing what to look for and how to report it effectively, frontline bus employees could help save a life. To train, click here, and for more information about BOTL, email tat.truckers@gmail.com

Energy
The energy industry in Canada – oil and gas, wind, solar – has a role to play in combating human trafficking, which is why TAT launched our Empower Freedom program and created free industry-specific training resources for the energy industry. Whether working in the field, an office, or on the road, energy employees have an opportunity to recognize and report the crime of human trafficking in the communities in which they live and work. By knowing what to look for and how to report it effectively, energy workers could help save a life. To train, click here, and for more information about Empower Freedom, email tat.truckers@gmail.com 

TAT Canada Committee

The TAT Canada Committee (TCC) is a newly formed volunteer membership committee that seeks to be a growth accelerator in expanding TAT’s anti-trafficking training among the trucking, bus and energy industries in Canada. Committee members are key industry leaders and government transportation entities that can activate their networks, resources and expertise to highlight this issue and point to viable training solutions. The committee is chaired by Heather Mewhinney, director of human resources at Kriska Transportation Group and co-chaired by Caroline Blais, recruiting manager at Kriska. For more information on TCC’s goals click here and for a list of members click here.

In order to effectively disrupt and dismantle human trafficking networks, it isn’t enough for only the private sector to report possible human trafficking incidents. In order to make a meaningful impact on this crime, key public sector partners, who work with these industries on a daily basis and potentially interact with victims, need to be identified and activated to prevent and respond to human trafficking. TAT works with motor vehicle enforcement units, licensing counter employees, industry regulators, local law enforcement, and other provincial agencies by providing training and ongoing ways they can partner with industry in a sustainable way. To learn about some of these training and partnership opportunities, click below.

Law Enforcement Training
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) provides a 4-hour, in-depth law enforcement (LE) training on

  • human trafficking
  • societal attitudes that contribute to a misunderstanding of prostitution
  • a victim-centered approach
  • case studies of inspection and interdiction stops that turned into human trafficking.

Central to TAT’s training is a powerful survivor’s testimony, with her perspectives on interactions with law enforcement she encountered. For more information on our law enforcement training program and a free 38-minute LE video, click on the flyer or contact Kylla Lanier at tat.truckers@gmail.com. Click here for the French Canadian version of the flyer. 

Canadian CVE Model
The Canadian Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Model (Canadian CVE) is based on the groundbreaking work with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) materials done by the Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement (Iowa MVE) agency in the US. This model organizes law enforcement and provincial agencies to utilize entry points into the trucking (TAT) and bus industries (BOTL) to spread the TAT anti-trafficking message. To learn more about the Canadian CVE model, click on the flyer. Click here for the French Canadian version of the flyer. 

CVSA HT Enforcement Program
The Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) Human Trafficking Enforcement Program, of which TAT is a member, seeks to reduce human trafficking throughout North America through coordinated enforcement and investigative and educational awareness measures within the commercial motor vehicle industry. Visit https://www.cvsa.org/programs/human-trafficking-enforcement/ to learn more.

Host a Coalition Build
TAT Coalition Builds bring together key stakeholders from the trucking, bus and energy industries, alongside law enforcement and government agencies, to address human trafficking at the local and provincial levels. In this 4-hour briefing, TAT provides targeted action steps, free training materials for industry members and law enforcement, and models of engagement intended to result in the coordination and implementation of effective strategies and actions at the local and provincial level. If you are interested in learning more about TAT Coalition Builds or hosting one in your area, click on the flyer. Click here for the French Canadian version of the flyer. 

Additional Resources: Understanding the Connection to Indigenous Populations

Reports provided by the Native Women’s Association of Canada

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