TIA Partners with Truckers Against Trafficking to Offer Members Access to Human Trafficking Certification Program

OCTOBER 21, 2021 – ALEXANDRIA, VA Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA), the voice of the third-party logistics industry, announced today an exciting addition to the Association’s partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) during the Day 1 Closing Session at TIA’s 2021 3PLXTEND Conference, currently taking place in San Antonio, Texas.

The announcement was made by Mike Riccio, CTB, Chairman of the TIA Board of Directors and Chief Marketing Officer of Leonard’s Express, and Laura Cyrus, TAT’s Director of Corporate Engagement. TAT is now offering TIA Members complimentary access to the TAT Certification Program via the TIA Learning Management System as part of the growing partnership between the two groups. This training will take TIA Members through a 30-minute online training video that educates users on identifying clues as to when human trafficking may occur, where these crimes usually happen, and how TIA Members are uniquely positioned to help combat this problem in their communities.

Anne Reinke, Laura Cyrus & Mike Riccio

“We are grateful for TIA’s continued support of our mission and help in lighting pathways of engagement for their members to get acquainted with the TAT effort,” said Cyrus. “By completing the TAT training, not only will members and their employees begin to understand how they can recognize and report human trafficking should they ever suspect it, but they will also be able to make immediate connections to how their relationships with drivers, carriers, and shippers can be activated to help spread the word. Sharing about TAT on social media, including information about TAT and the National Human Trafficking Hotline on rate confirmation sheets, potentially incentivizing driver participation in the TAT training, and even sharing their involvement with TAT to shippers/manufacturers, are all ways TIA members can continue to help propel this mission forward. We are eager to work with additional 3PL organizations and assist them with activating their networks for social good and the fight against human trafficking in North America.”

TIA Members will become Truckers Against Trafficking Certified and receive a digital certificate showing their achievement upon completing the online training. TIA encourages all TIA Members to participate in this training for themselves and their employees and make it part of their annual training programs similar to other HR or operations training that they offer their employees virtually.

“When TIA first partnered with TAT back in April 2021, we wanted the relationship to be more than just financial support,” said Riccio. “We wanted a relationship that truly served the mission of TAT and that committed TIA as an industry leader to supporting the efforts to combat human trafficking. TIA is extremely excited about this new opportunity to be able to offer our members formalized training on identifying and combating human trafficking via the TAT Certification Program.”

TIA Members can register now for the Truckers Against Trafficking training and certification course.

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