- Ensuring all Port of Seattle employees have access to training and education
- Utilizing The Port’s facilities and communications channels to raise public awareness to the issue of human trafficking
- Collaborating with The Port, government agencies and private sector business partners to maximize impact
- Ensuring Port polices and procedures are up-to-date to report suspicion of human trafficking
With over 45 million travelers moving through the Port of Seattle each year, this joint partnership between BEST and the Port is an opportunity to help break the cycle of human trafficking in Washington, which was estimated to have the 14th highest call volume to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2015.
“Human trafficking is not just a global issue, it’s a local issue,” said Courtney Gregoire, Port of Seattle Commission President. “The Port has been engaged in this topic for years, but now is the perfect opportunity to increase or regional leadership on this topic. As a major employer, an operator of an airport and maritime facilities, and a partner, we can do more to reduce demand, assist victims and raise public awareness.”
BEST is working diligently in this partnership to enhance employee training at the Port, and to help increase public awareness of the issue of human trafficking in and around The Port. The news conference on January 10 announced the partnership between BEST and the Port during National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The press conference resulted in three print news articles, four radio segments, and one television news story on KOMO 4 News.