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SXSW 2020

Putting the Brakes on Human Trafficking

Is human trafficking in your community? All signs point to yes. This modern day slavery affects every city, suburb and rural area in the U.S. Traffickers claim more than 21 million victims globally and generate $150 billion annually. For PennDOT Secretary Leslie S. Richards, transportation is more than getting people from point A to point B. Realizing that traffickers move victims via the state’s vast transportation network, PennDOT was one of the first state transportation agencies to tackle this growing threat. On a mission to put the brakes on trafficking, PennDOT is training driver license, welcome center and transit agency employees in awareness and reporting. These best-in-class programs can be deployed to agencies and organizations - some outside of the box - across the country.

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  1. The first step in preventing human trafficking is to raise public awareness about how to spot the signs of this horrible practice.
  2. PennDOT and its partners are advancing best-in-class, replicable programs that organizations can deploy to combat trafficking in their communities.
  3. Human trafficking is human rights issue – but it’s also a transportation issue, with traffickers moving victims via the vast transportation network.



Amy Dielsi, Strategic Team Leader, Jacobson Strategic Communications

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  • Event: SXSW
  • Format: Focus15
  • Track: Government & Politics
  • Level: Beginner
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