Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events
In 2013-2014, Tri-State CRI supported efforts to raise awareness of the risks of human trafficking associated with major sporting events during the Super Bowl, hosted at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. See more about these efforts here. Other groups that would like to organize outreach related to major sporting events, political conventions, or other high profile activities that may be linked to increased risk of human trafficking are encouraged to use the training and outreach materials available in our “Human Trafficking Toolkit”
New Resource: Hotel Outreach Toolkit: Preventing Human Trafficking at Major Sporting Events
22 July 2014
We are pleased to share a Toolkit of resources that can be used to raise awareness of the risks of human trafficking around major sporting events. The documents, templates, and resources here will enable investors and community groups to engage with the hospitality sector to:
- To raise awareness of human trafficking within the hospitality sector, both around major sporting events and at all times.
- Encourage long-term prevention and reporting among hotel staff to help identify victims and traffickers; promote long-term human trafficking prevention protocol within the hospitality industry.
- To raise general level of education and awareness throughout the community to (1) enable people to recognize signs of trafficking (2) contact appropriate agencies and (3) encourage use of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) hotline – 888-3737-888.
We encourage you to use this toolkit in your outreach and share it throughout your networks.
About the Toolkit
As shareholders engaged in socially responsible investing with concerns about respect for human rights, we have a unique relationship with corporations in the hospitality sector that positions us to raise awareness about the risks of human trafficking. This relationship enables us to engage with hotels about the risks of human trafficking in hotels and the need for appropriate policies and practices to mitigate these risks. As investors, we also have opportunities to reinforce the work we do on a corporate level with local initiatives. The Toolkit provides an opportunity to comprehensively engage the hospitality sector on the issue of human trafficking within our region. This Toolkit builds on the work done by many partners to raise concerns about human trafficking at major events.
As evidence indicates that major sporting events and other periods of increased tourism present heightened risks of human trafficking, we encourage communities to use this Toolkit to organize an effective hotel outreach to raise awareness within the hospitality sector and the community.
Many victims of sex trafficking are trafficked (and rescued) within hotel premises. Hotel staff and managers need to be equipped with the information and resources to recognize signs of human trafficking and report it to the appropriate law enforcement. Additionally, this Toolkit can be used to educate and inform the general public on the issue of human trafficking here in the United States. The outreach outlined and resources provided were used to inform those within the hospitality industry about the risks and signs of trafficked victims on their premises.
About the 2014 Super Bowl Outreach
The goal of the 2014 hotel outreach campaign was to inform and educate hotels located around the site of the 2014 Super Bowl in East Rutherford, NJ about the reality of human trafficking and risks of occurrence in hotel establishments. Over 400 volunteers contacted 1,200 hotels across four states to inform them of the risks, encourage them to participate in training, and provide additional resources to respond. This initiative was carried out by the Tri-State Coalition for Responsible Investment in partnership with the NJ Coalition Against Human Trafficking, the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility, and ECPAT-USA.