Date: June 5, 2015
“Combating human-trafficking and helping victims to safety is a concerted effort of law enforcement along with their partners on the front lines of our transportation sectors and in our communities. The success of DOT’s Blue Lightning Initiative is directly related to the dedication and participation of the nation’s flight crews. I applaud the unwavering efforts of flight attendants and federal officials as we seek the shared goal of ending human trafficking,” said House Aviation Subcommittee Chairman Frank LoBiondo (NJ-02).
“I represent Las Vegas, which attracts more than 42 million visitors every year, and as a premier global destination, we are sadly all too familiar with the impact of this heinous crime,” said Representative Dina Titus (D-NV), member of the House Aviation Subcommittee. “We must engage in an all-hands-on-deck approach to identify and apprehend traffickers, which includes our airline personnel who are on the front line. Thanks to the Blue Initiative training program, our Flight Attendants are saving lives, both in and outside of the aircraft.”
AFA encourages everyone on the frontlines of aviation to access tools available to take personal responsibility for becoming trained to recognize and report potential signs of human trafficking.
The Blue Lightning Initiative offers Flight Attendants, aviation’s first responders, the tools we need to save women and children from a life of slavery.
The Blue Lightning Initiative enlists workers in all modes of transportation to take part in a national effort to uncover modern day slavery. AFA is working with Congress to make this program mandatory at all of our airlines.