For Immediate Release
Office of the Press Secretary
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) have released a new human trafficking training for aviation industry personnel through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI). Developed by survivor advocates, law enforcement, and aviation experts, the interactive, online module outlines common indicators of human trafficking that aviation personnel may specifically encounter. The training also details how airline personnel can immediately report potential traffickers and suspected instances of trafficking to law enforcement in accordance with existing protocols.
BLI, one of the lines of effort within the DHS Blue Campaign, is a joint initiative led by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and DOT. The initiative is one of several DOT and DHS collaborative efforts to ensure that America’s transportation systems are not being exploited for human trafficking.
“This training will enhance awareness of human trafficking in the aviation sector, and we are pleased we can offer it to our BLI partners,” DHS Acting Assistant Secretary for Partnerships and Engagement John Barsa said. “Through our 20 BLI partners, which include airlines, a flight attendants’ association, and a training institute, we are empowering this uniquely positioned industry to be the difference that saves lives, and encourage other members of this sector to join us.”
BLI is a voluntary initiative open to U.S. airlines, associations, and training institutes. DHS and DOT are currently reviewing the possibility of expanding BLI to include interested foreign carriers.
Through the Blue Campaign, DHS raises consciousness of human trafficking across the United States, leveraging partnerships to educate the public to recognize human trafficking and report suspected instances.
For more information about the Blue Campaign, visit www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign. Details about BLI and the new training are available at https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/human-trafficking/blue-lightning.