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Congressional Briefing on Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism

  • Russell Senate Office Building 2 Constitution Avenue Northeast Washington, DC, 20002 United States (map)

The Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission, and the Congressional Trafficking Caucus will host a joint briefing on Monday, May 7, 2018, entitled "Fighting Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism: New Challenges and Solutions." ECPAT-USA's Executive Director, Carol Smolenski, will present on our work with the travel industry to combat human trafficking. Tune in for a live webcast at 3pm:


Fighting Human Trafficking in Travel and Tourism: New Challenges and Solutions

Monday, May 7, 2018 at 3:00 p.m.

Russell Senate Office Building, Room 485

Live Webcast:

Traffickers move trafficking victims on airplanes, buses, trains, and taxis—frequently relocating to avoid detection by law enforcement and to chase big markets, like major sporting events and vacation destinations. Hotels, often unknowingly, sell rooms to traffickers for exploitation. 

Over the last decade, transportation and hotel professionals have recognized the role they can play on the front lines of identifying potential trafficking victims. Many organizations work alongside NGOs and the Departments and Homeland Security and Transportation to ensure that their employees are ready to respond to, rather than look away from, victims in plain sight. 

However, some companies have been slow to join the fight. Legislation pending in Congress will require hotels and airlines to train their employees to spot and report signs of trafficking before the companies can become eligible to win government contracts. More decentralized systems of travel and tourism—such as Airbnb and Uber—may need new frameworks to ensure that their systems do not become the preference of traffickers on the move.

The following expert panelists are scheduled to participate:

·         Tracey Breeden, Director of Safety Communications, Uber

·         Nick Shapiro, Global Head of Trust & Risk Management, Airbnb

·         Nancy Rivard, Founder and President of Airline Ambassadors

·         Carol Smolenski, Executive Director, ECPAT-USA

·         Craig Kalkut, Vice President of Government Affairs, AHLA