PennDOT Participates in Anti-Human Trafficking Meeting

The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation recently lent its support to an “advocacy day” held by the Pennsylvania Interagency Human Trafficking Workgroup at the state capitol building in Harrisburg.

[Above photo by PennDOT]

Following the start of an informational session that included tables and displays hosted by partner organizations, the interagency group was joined by survivors and advocates to hear first-hand accounts of their stories and learn about the various ways we can improve our systems to better support healing.

Photo via PennDOT

“Expanding the alliance committed to fighting human trafficking in Pennsylvania uncovers more of these devastating crimes and strengthens the network of care for victims,” explained Pennsylvania Attorney General Michelle Henry in a statement.

“This event, along with my office’s recently-launched Human Trafficking Section, shows there is much strength in numbers, and we look forward to continuing this fight with local, state, and federal partners,” she said.

“The shadow of human trafficking is ever present on American roadways,” said PennDOT Secretary Mike Carroll. “We’re proud to work with partners across the state to improve safety for travelers, and we implore Pennsylvanians to learn and share the signs of human trafficking.”

Carroll noted that, in 2023, PennDOT updated its “End Human Trafficking” course for all of its employees; a course that provides awareness on the subject of human trafficking and the various campaigns organizations, such as “Truckers Against Trafficking,” conduct to stop it.

Also, in January 2023, PennDOT launched a campaign at 56 rest areas and “Welcome Centers” around the state to ensure the public would be aware of what to do when they spot potential human trafficking activity.

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