ABA released the following statement on the appointment of ABA Board Member Linda Burtwistle, president & COO of ABA member Coach USA, to the Department of Transportation’s Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.
“ABA is pleased that Board member Linda Burtwistle was not only named to the Advisory Committee but also as Vice Chair,” said ABA President & CEO Peter Pantuso. “Our industry has a long history fighting human trafficking and we have built partnerships over the years with groups, including our recent partnership with Busing on the Lookout, to help train our members and their employees against this deplorable practice.”
The committee, required by the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, consists of stakeholders from trafficking advocacy organizations; law enforcement; and trucking, bus, rail, aviation, maritime, and port sectors, including industry and labor.
The committee will submit recommendations to Secretary Chao by July 3, 2019, that include:
- Strategies for identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking.
- Recommendations for administrative or legislative changes to use programs, properties, or other resources owned, operated, or funded by the Department to combat human trafficking.
- Best practices for state and local transportation stakeholders based on multidisciplinary research and promising evidence-based models and programs, including sample training materials and strategies to identify victims.