DHS and TravelCenters of America Announce New Partnership to Combat Human Trafficking [December 11, 2014]   [open pdf - 149KB]

On December 11, 2014, the Department of Homeland Security issued the following press release: "WASHINGTON-- The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign and TravelCenters of America to combat human trafficking. 'The Department is pleased to welcome TravelCenters of America as the DHS Blue Campaign's newest partner in our work to fight human trafficking. We continue to broaden our network of partners, working towards our common goal to identify and rescue victims of this heinous crime and bring the perpetrators to justice,' said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. 'Today, during Human Rights Week, we recommit ourselves to ending this form of modern slavery.' President Barack Obama has proclaimed December 10 as Human Rights Day and the week beginning December 10 as Human Rights Week in recognition of the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the continued commitment to upholding equal rights for all and ending human trafficking worldwide. This partnership with TravelCenters of America, operator of the TA® and Petro Stopping Centers® travel center brands, seeks to shine a light on and eliminate instances of human trafficking that may occur along the interstate highway system. Through this first-of-its-kind alliance, TravelCenters of America will provide the DHS Blue Campaign's training and awareness materials -- including posters, handouts, and a Public Service Announcement -- to over 250 locations and more than 15,000 employees across the United States. These materials will help TravelCenters of America personnel and customers identify and recognize indicators of human trafficking, as well as provide information on how to report suspected cases of human trafficking."

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