TravelCenters of America today announced the company has joined forces with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to combat human trafficking.
Specifically, the company will be assisting the DHS’s Blue Campaign, which is a collaboration of law enforcement officers, government, non-governemental and private organizations that works together to “protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.”
The Blue Campaign strives to bring awareness about human trafficking by educating the general public on how to recognize human trafficking and how to report suspected human trafficking incidences.
“Groups whose principal concern is putting an end to human trafficking in the U.S. are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of working with key infrastructure elements like airports and travel centers to get their important message out. A company like TravelCenters of America, with more than 250 sites that almost literally blanket the U.S. Interstate Highway system, can help. Our employees and customers, particularly those hard-working men and women in the trucking industry, have been extremely supportive of these efforts, underway since 2011 with the group Truckers Against Trafficking. The employees, customers and both of the groups we are working with, the DHS Blue Campaign and Truckers Against Trafficking, recognize that our locations, just off highway exits nationwide, can be key vantage points from which to be on the lookout for and report suspicious activity. Our expanded effort announced today, allows the professional truck driver community and our team to utilize the DHS Blue Campaign’s resources, including further training modules for our employees and information for employees and customers about this issue,” said Tom O’Brien, President and CEO of TravelCenters.
To report suspicious human trafficking activity ,call 1-866-347-2423 or submit a tip online at www.ice.gov/tips. To learn more about the DHS’s Blue Campaign, follow this link www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign.