Human trafficking — or modern-day slavery — is the exploitation of human beings through force, fraud or coercion for the purposes of commercial sex or forced labor. Survivors of sex trafficking have reported their traffickers using casinos as a meeting place for buyers who were arranged online or as a venue to solicit prospective buyers, particularly when the casino is combined with a hotel. Casinos can also be a refuge for victims, offering a secure place where they can seek help or attempt to exit their situation. As buses carry patrons to and from casinos, those drivers may be coming into contact with trafficking victims who are being transported on those buses or see the bus as a lifeline for escape.
Join the American Bus Association and Busing on the Lookout for this one-hour online briefing on human trafficking and find out how buses and casinos can play a critical role in helping to combat this heinous crime.
To access BOTL’s free Casinos Combating Human Trafficking training resources, visit https://truckersagainsttrafficking.org/get-our-materials/#casino-materials./
Linda Burtwistle, President & CEO, Coach USA / Megabus
Linda Burtwistle moved into the transportation industry over 20 years ago, joining Stagecoach Group plc finance team in their corporate office in Perth, Scotland. In 2000, she moved to North America on the acquisition of Coach USA by Stagecoach Group plc, and spent four years there as CFO before returning to the UK to take up the position of CFO with Virgin Rail Group. In 2008, she joined First Group plc and returned to North America to become President of First Transit and then subsequently President of First Student. In 2015 she returned to Stagecoach Group plc as President & COO of Coach USA / Megabus. She became CEO of Coach USA / Megabus in April 2019 on the completion of the sale of that business to Variant Equity Advisors. She sits on the board of the American Bus Association and Truckers Against Trafficking and was previously the Vice Chair of the DOT’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.
Anne Darr, Victim Specialist, FBI: Denver Division
Anne Darr received her Bachelor of Science degree from Illinois State University and two Master of Arts degrees in Forensic Psychology and Counseling from Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia. She received her National Counseling Certification in January 2008. Darr entered the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in May 2008 and is currently assigned to the Denver Division as a Victim Specialist. She is embedded on the FBI's Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force, which works to combat domestic sex trafficking. She coordinates the Front Range Anti-Trafficking Coalition, which is a collaboration of local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies working together with non-governmental organizations to provide comprehensive victim-centered services to human trafficking victims. She is experienced in providing local, state, and national trainings specific to domestic sex trafficking, which includes: The Dallas Crimes Against Children Conference, National Law Enforcement Training on Child Exploitation, JUST-Shared Hope International, and IVAT. She was awarded “Law Enforcement Victim Advocate of the Year” in 2016 for her partnership with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office on human trafficking cases and received the “Medal of Excellence” award for outstanding service to the Denver Division. In 2010, she received the Director’s Award from U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder for “Superior Performance by a Litigative Team.”
Annika Huff, Training Specialist, Truckers Against Trafficking
Annika Huff, a training specialist for Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), travels the nation as part of a two-person team providing in-depth training to law enforcement on human trafficking, detailing what it looks like from a victim’s point-of-view, how to recognize the indicators that human trafficking is taking place and how to take a victim-centered approach when working with victims. Additionally, she helps TAT develop targeted training materials, from videos to written booklets, for its many programs, including Busing on the Lookout, Coalition Builds and the Man-to-Man Campaign; works on partnership development; and strategizes on outreach and systems development.
A survivor-advocate, Huff is one of the original 12 survivors of the Commercially Sexually Exploited Child (CSEC) action team and CSEC advisory board for the state of California, where she worked on creating policies to support youth exploited in California. In 2017 she was chosen for the Hilton Vital Voices Freedom Exchange. Prior to coming to work for TAT in 2018, she provided training for employees in numerous hospital systems, police departments, fire departments and testified for statewide human trafficking bills, spoke for statewide programs, such as Victims of Crime, and presented at conferences as either a keynote speaker or breakout session leader. Huff is a certified group facilitator in the Lotus Module from Wichita State University. She also attended the GEM’s Emerging Leaders Conference.
Lt. Louis Moran, Criminal Intelligence Unit, Biloxi Police Department
Louis Moran has worked in public safety for over twenty-years, with experience including police field operations, supervising criminal intelligence & Intelligence-Led Policing operations, and conducting vulnerability assessments of critical infrastructures. In his current assignment, he serves as a Lieutenant supervising the Biloxi Police Department’s Criminal Intelligence Unit, and coordinated the development and implementation of the department’s Real Time Crime Center which provides tactical support to police & municipal emergency management functions, and community stakeholders at the local, state, and federal level.
Lt. Moran has undergraduate degrees in Administration of Justice, and Workforce Management & Training from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College and William Carey University, and a master’s degree in Homeland Security Studies and Emergency Management from Tulane University, New Orleans, and serves as an educator for law enforcement and criminal intelligence analysis courses. Specializing in policy review and development, community stakeholder outreach, and critical infrastructure Emergency Operations Planning, he is a current member of the International Association of Law Enforcement Intelligence Analysts, and adjunct instructor for the IALEIA Foundations of Intelligence Analysis Training program. He was a former educator of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Rural Law Enforcement Education Program, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Intelligence Training Academy’s Intermediate Fusion Center Analyst Training Program through the Northern California Regional Public Safety Training Authority, Sacramento, California. His past board appointments included the Mississippi Association of Gang Investigators and as a Criminal Justice Committee selectee for (former) Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant’s Human Trafficking Task Force for Policy Review & Recommendation. Lt. Moran currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Gulf Coast Center for Nonviolence, Inc., a non-profit organization with the mission of educating the community and supporting victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and family members of homicide victims.
Annie Sovcik (moderator), Director of Busing on the Lookout, Truckers Against Trafficking
Annie Sovcik is the Director of Busing on the Lookout (BOTL), a program of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). As BOTL director, Sovcik is responsible for leading TAT’s efforts to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize members of the bus industry in the United States and Canada to combat human trafficking. Sovcik came to TAT in 2018 with over 12 years of experience as a human rights lawyer, working on anti-human trafficking, anti-torture, and refugee protection policies at a national and international level. Prior to joining TAT, Sovcik was the director of the Washington D.C. office of the Center for Victims of Torture. She has also worked as a lawyer with Human Rights First and Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service and as a consultant to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. She is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law and received her B.A. in International Studies from the University of Denver.
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