NATSO Foundation Partners With DHS Blue Campaign to Fight Human Trafficking


The NATSO Foundation has part­nered with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign to combat human traf­ficking, marking the latest chapter in the NATSO Foundation’s multi-pronged anti-human trafficking initia­tive to fight human trafficking along America’s Interstate Highway System. Through this alliance with the DHS Blue Campaign, the NATSO Founda­tion will provide the DHS Blue Cam­paign’s training and awareness materi­als—including posters, handouts and other materials to the nation’s truck­stops and travel plazas, which will en­hance the NATSO Foundation’s edu­cational resources.

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“As an industry that caters to mil­lions of travelers every year, truck­stops and travel plazas and their em­ployees are in a key position to help identify and stop human trafficking along America’s highway system,” said NATSO Foundation President Lisa Mullings. “Sadly, human trafficking has been reported across all modes of transportation and in many legiti­mate businesses that unknowingly are used for this illicit activity. Truckstops and travel plazas are effectively creat­ing the equivalent of a Neighborhood Watch program so that our industry is equipped to help if we encounter a vic­tim of this horrible crime.”

For more than five years, the NATSO Foundation has been helping members of the truckstop and travel plaza com­munity engage in the fight against hu­man trafficking. The NATSO Founda­tion’s goal is to provide the truckstop and travel plaza industry with the nec­essary tools to train owners, operators and employees so that those individuals are equipped to help if they encounter a victim of this horrible crime.

The NATSO Foundation works closely with the Department of Trans­portation, Polaris Project, the Nation­al Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Truckers Against Traffick­ing and other organizations to gain insight into best practices on how to educate members of the truckstop and travel plaza community to iden­tify suspected cases of human traffick­ing and report the information to the appropriate authorities.

The NATSO Foundation in 2016 launched an online course titled, “The Role of Truckstops in Combating Hu­man Trafficking” to help truckstops and travel plazas train their staff in recogniz­ing and responding to suspected inci­dents of human trafficking. The course is available on the NATSO Founda­tion’s website free of charge so that any member of the truckstop and travel pla­za industry can leverage this educational resource. The course can be accessed at


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