Two Toledo teens are trafficked at truck stops, motels, and travel plazas. One trucker’s phone call saved their lives…Watch the film here.
Few industries convene on such a massive level the way the trucking industry does. We just returned from the Mid America Trucking Show in Louisville, KY where 80,000 industry professionals from Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Mexico, China, and all over the United States gathered for three days. iEmpathize, with our partner Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT), shows up at these strategic industry intersections in order to engage the trucking industry. We install our multimedia trucking exhibit in a booth, loop our training film, hand out wallet cards, and ignite industry participation with TAT. We inspire a cultural shift towards empathy and train drivers to recognize and respond to exploitive situations at truck stops and on lots.
Kendis Paris, president of TAT, explained our impact and partnership this way “iE has specifically strengthened the impact of TAT by the production of the TAT training DVD. It is one thing to talk to people about the existence of human trafficking, it is quite another to become educated about it through a media experience that not only communicates the level of the problem here in the United States via law enforcement interviews and a survivor’s firsthand story, but also effectively shows how human trafficking intersects with the trucking industry and what they can do about it. The training DVD iE created for TAT is so compelling that it immediately began opening doors in the trucking industry for TAT to form partnerships so that drivers and truck stop employees could be trained.”
Currently we are excited to watch TAT explode on a national level. Truckers are ranked as the 6th largest demographic reporting potential human trafficking cases to the national hotline number; they are also one of the fastest growing demographics in terms of calls to the hotline. Hundreds of calls have been made from over 30 states. On top of that, Kendis was recently nominated as an Ashoka Fellow, TAT was highlighted in Forbes and named one of the UN Global Initiative to Fight Trafficking’s Best 100 practices to combat human trafficking. The success of TAT is the success of iEmpathize. We are proud of this strategic partnership and seeing an increasing number of trucking industry companies and drivers empathize, engage, and make a call when they see suspect exploitation.