Delta Air Lines has announced it hosted Silence Breaker, the airline´s third annual employee rally in the fight against human trafficking, the company said.
Participants included Terry Crews, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Polaris CEO Bradley Myles and trafficking survivor Megan Lundstrom. Attendees heard first-person perspectives, learned how the crime impacts aviation and took away small actions to disrupt trafficking through transportation systems at the Delta Flight Museum.
Seventy-one percent of labor trafficking victims report being trafficked into the United States on an airplane. Weeks before the big game and its fans descend on Atlanta´s Hartsfield Jackson International Airport in Delta´s hometown, the airline today announced enhancements to raise awareness among travelers in airports and, for the first time, via in-flight entertainment screens.
Delta´s commitment to fight human trafficking dates back to 2011, when it was the first airline to sign the ECPAT Code of Conduct. Delta partnered with Polaris to launch industry-leading training last year. The airline´s 535 employees volunteering at the big game are all equipped with training to detect exploitation, in addition to the 56,000 Delta employees trained to identify and report human trafficking at home, onboard or where ever their travels take them around the globe.
Delta offers employees volunteer opportunities in 13 cities to support survivors in their recovery. The airline offers apprenticeships for survivors at its Atlanta headquarters to provide career development and opportunities to learn professional skills.