AGA endorses legislation to certify employers’ anti-human trafficking efforts

AGA endorses legislation to certify employers' anti-human trafficking efforts
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The American Gaming Association (AGA) has endorsed legislation that would introduce a certification for employers who train their workers to identify and combat human trafficking. 

Congressmen David Valadao and Troy Carter introduced the Human Trafficking Awareness Training Recognition Act on Tuesday. The bill would create a certification program under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s Blue Campaign.

The Blue Campaign, housed within the DHS’ Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT), aims to equip the public, law enforcement and the private sector with awareness training and resources to reduce human trafficking crimes nationwide. However, the bill notes that while the Blue Campaign offers tools to help combat trafficking, it currently lacks an initiative for accrediting companies that have trained their employees to recognize and respond to suspected human trafficking.

The Act would require the Secretary of Homeland Security to establish a Blue Camp­aign Certification Program to incentivize employers in covered industries, including casinos and gaming establishments, to encourage their employees to complete human trafficking awareness training.

“Businesses across hospitality, entertainment and transportation have a responsibility to bolster the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and the gaming industry is wholly committed to this imperative,” said AGA President and CEO Bill Miller. “The AGA thanks Reps. Valadao and Carter for their commitment to combating this detestable crime and for recognizing businesses that share this commitment.”

“Employees in the entertainment, hospitality and transportation industries are often the first line of defense in detecting human trafficking, and it’s critical they have the necessary training to spot indicators of this crime and save lives,” added Congressman Valadao. “We must continue working together at the local, state and federal level to raise awareness and bring an end to this growing and disturbing crime.”

AGA already offers training

The AGA has taken steps to educate casino workers in the past.

During Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, the AGA partnered with RG24seven Virtual Training to launch a first-of-its-kind free online training to educate gaming industry employees on how to combat human trafficking. The training uses videos and quizzes to educate learners, who will receive a verified certificate upon successful completion.

“The legislation proposed today by Reps. Valadao and Carter validates and strengthens the role of employee training in combating human trafficking,” said AGA Vice President, Government Relations Alex Costello. “The AGA encourages businesses across the gaming industry to take advantage of AGA’s free training as part of their dedication to responsibility and protecting their communities.”