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The Human Trafficking Tie to Transportation

July 2020 Webinar

Availability Status: Archived

Description/Learning Outcomes:

The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Rural Safety Center) hosted a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar. 

Webinar Description
Human traffickers exploit legitimate systems within multiple business sectors for their profits. Traffickers are using resources within the transportation sector to move their victims. Transportation is also a way out for survivors. This webinar featured research-based data, survivor-informed messaging, practical ways that you can identify potential incidents of human trafficking, what to safely do with what you observe and how you can encourage others to join you in the fight to end modern day slavery. 

Webinar Outcomes
At the conclusion of this webinar, participants were able to:

  • Understand what human trafficking is and how it is affecting the transportation sector;
  • Utilize existing resources for safely reporting cases of suspected human trafficking;
  • Influence your co-workers, business associates, community, family and friends to join in the fight to end modern day slavery.

Target Audience
This training was directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts. Participants should have some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Course Presenters

  • Kristen Joyner, South West Transit Association, Executive Consultant and Trainer
  • Chief David Lorenzen, Iowa DOT Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Interim Director Operations Division

Mrs. Joyner and Chief Lorenzen were both invited to serve on Secretary of Transportation, Elaine Chao’s, Advisory Council on Human Trafficking in 2019. The purpose of the Advisory Council was to research and produce a report for the United States Congress that would be a working resource for all sectors and all modes of the transportation industry, providing guidance that will enable people to take practical steps to end modern day slavery. Both have worked a majority of their careers informing, educating and fighting for women, men, girls and boys who have been used by traffickers in local communities across the United States and exploited through our transportation system.