New DOT committee to combat human trafficking

Group to present recommendations to DOT by mid-2019

Posted October 15, 2018

Human trafficking will be the focus of a new 15-member U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) advisory committee, according to an announcement from DOT Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

Members of the Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking will consist of appointed stakeholders from:

  • Trafficking advocacy organizations;
  • Law enforcement; and
  • Trucking, bus, rail, aviation, maritime, and port sectors, including industry and labor.

The creation of the committee is required under the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act.

By July 3, 2019, the group must provide Secretary Chao with a strategy to combat human trafficking. Areas the committee must address include:

  • Identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking;
  • Using DOT resources, through administrative or legislative changes, to combat human trafficking; and
  • Suggested best practices for state and local transportation stakeholders, including sample training materials and strategies to identify victims.

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