ATL Calls Attention to Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Makes History as First U.S. Airport to Sign The Code

ATL Calls Attention to Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Makes History as First U.S. Airport to join ECPAT-USA and Sign The Code

ECPAT-USA is proud to announce a partnership with the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) – the first airport to sign The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct (The Code).

In a press release on January 9, ATL announced a press conference to begin a series of events to call awareness to Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport’s general manager, Roosevelt Council Jr., signs the Tourism-Child Protection Code, with Carol Smolenski, ECPAT-USA executive director

“From a press conference involving federal, state, and local law enforcement officials discussing their efforts at combating human trafficking, to a high school community outreach forum, ATL leaders hope to educate the public about the issue, and inform stakeholders at the Airport about efforts to combat trafficking.”

ATL has been tweeting about upcoming events @ATLairport, “Hartsfield-Jackson will host events to bring awareness to the Airport community about human trafficking #EndHumanSexTrafficking #AtlAirport”.

Jan Lennon, director of security at the airport, told Global Atlanta that the initiative is being implemented out of compassion for the children who have been victimized. She said that the initiative is to raise awareness among the 100 million passengers arriving at Hartsfield-Jackson a year through personnel training and signage to watch out for inappropriate activity and the presence of potential victims.

ATL signed The Code on January 10, 2017 and made history as the first airport to partner with ECPAT-USA. ATL general manager, Roosevelt Council Jr. was joined by ECPAT-USA executive director, Carol Smolenski.

The Code is an internationally accepted industry-driven corporate social responsibility framework that helps companies in the travel and tourism industry. The Code’s six guidelines require companies to put in place policies and programs to protect children from sexual exploitation and trafficking. For more information about The Code, click here.

ECPAT-USA is the leading policy organization in the United States seeking to end the commercial, sexual exploitation of children through awareness, advocacy, policy, and legislation.

ECPAT-USA believes that the private sector has a unique opportunity and responsibility to combat child sexual exploitation. To learn more about our work with private sector engagement, click here.

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