WASHINGTON—AHLA and the AHLA Basis acknowledged Nationwide Human Trafficking Prevention month by collaborating within the U.S. Division of Homeland Safety’s largest Blue Marketing campaign initiative, #WearBlueDay. The initiative kicks off a sequence of occasions and thought management actions in January to point out the No Room for Trafficking (NRFT) program, a nationwide effort that unites the lodge and lodging industries round methods and actions to assist eradicate human trafficking.
Engagement alternatives embrace an occasion in partnership with It’s a Penalty in Phoenix previous to Tremendous Bowl LVII, a reside Twitter chat in partnership with the Nationwide Heart for Lacking and Exploited Youngsters (NCMEC), an occasion in partnership with Secure Home Mission on the U.S. Capitol, in addition to a digital hearth chat with DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas on January 30 to shut out the month.
In 2022, the AHLA Basis introduced expanded efforts to assist survivors via the Survivor Fund. Wyndham is the most recent contributor to those efforts with their dedication of $500,000 to the Survivor Fund. To this point, the Fund has raised greater than $2 million from lodge firms together with the Hilton International Basis, Hyatt Lodges Basis, Prolonged Keep America, and G6 Hospitality. The Fund will award grants to community-based organizations that assist forestall revictimization by equipping survivors with sources to assist them on their path ahead, from emergency housing to profession growth and different essential wants.
“As an trade, there isn’t any higher ethical trigger than combatting human trafficking, and January serves as a time to convey consciousness to this battle and assist survivors. From member sources to coaching occasions to awareness-raising campaigns, we’re proud to drive these essential efforts ahead into 2023,” stated Chip Rogers, president and CEO of AHLA. “Past rising the influence of the Survivor Fund via elevated assist from lodge firms throughout the nation, we’ll proceed to raise the difficulty, educate trade staff and employers, and empower survivors. Whereas there’s nonetheless rather more to be completed, collectively we’re making essential strides within the battle to finish trafficking.”
Via NRFT, the trade is dedicated to supporting and empowering survivors whereas persevering with to advance coaching and schooling to lift consciousness about and assist cease human trafficking. To this point, over 800,000 lodge staff nationwide have been educated via the trade’s free human trafficking consciousness coaching hosted in partnership with ECPAT-USA.