In order to recognize, discover and disrupt human trafficking networks by closing down loopholes they may be exploiting, TAT works to create public-private partnerships. We do this through a variety of programs to capitalize on the intersections specifically targeted entities have with each other in the course of their work and, often times, with traffickers and victims as well. These entities include law enforcement, private industry, government agencies and individuals at the local, state and national levels as well as public and private organizations. The program breakdown is as follows:

State Agencies

Coalition Builds

Law Enforcement

Iowa MVE

CDL Legislation

Taskforce Collaboration

Canada

Recognizing the key role that every sector of the transportation industry can play in disrupting human trafficking networks, TAT has developed a state agency-specific training webinar and toolkit in order to assist state agencies in implementing an anti-trafficking strategy. These resources provide steps on how state agencies, specifically Department of Transportation, Department of Revenue, Department of Licensing and Department of Motor Vehicles, can equip their employees to combat human trafficking when it does arrive at their location.

Working with key industry stakeholders from the trucking, bus and energy industries, along with the Office of the Attorney General (or local or federal law enforcement partners), TAT cohosts an initial Coalition Build event in a state to activate public-private partnerships. 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 state level. For more information on our Coalition Build program, click here or contact Esther Goetsch at tat.truckers@gmail.com.

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 here or contact Kylla Lanier at tat.truckers@gmail.com

Based on the groundbreaking work with TAT materials done by the Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement (Iowa MVE) agency, the Iowa MVE Model organizes law enforcement and state agencies to utilize entry points into the trucking (TAT) and bus industries (BOTL) to spread the anti-trafficking message. With seven core components, the Iowa MVE Model is an extremely effective statewide campaign to raise awareness and combat human trafficking throughout the commercial vehicle industry. For more information, contact Kylla Lanier at tat.truckers@gmail.com.

TAT Law Enforcement Training handout

In order to reach the next generation of professional drivers with the TAT message, some states have opted to add legislation to mandate an industry-specific, anti-trafficking training at the CDL school level. With TAT’s free resources for both trucking and bus, adoption of this training at the school level has been well-received by industry and legislators alike. For more information, contact Kylla Lanier at tat.truckers@gmail.com.

CDL Mandate Map TAT

TAT also builds public-private partnerships at the local and state level by collaborating with human trafficking task forces across the country. As task forces work to develop a coordinated response to human trafficking, TAT makes its resources available to aid in the effectiveness of that response. To learn more about potential engagement opportunities with TAT for statewide or regional/local task forces, click here.

TAT launched TAT Canada in October 2019 to expand its ability to raise up a mobile army of eyes and ears out on the roads across North America. As TAT begins to train the trucking, bus and energy industries across Canada on human trafficking, it also seeks to link those industries with partners in law enforcement and government agencies who are activated on human trafficking and engaged in fighting it in Canada. Please read more about our Canadian CVE model and provincial strategies here.

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