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Posted on: February 27, 2020

Bus Drivers to Learn How to Identify Human Trafficking

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U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao recently announced that the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is awarding Greenlink $20,936 through its Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative. The FTA is awarding a total of $5.4 million in grant selections to 24 organizations across the country for projects to help prevent human trafficking and other crimes on public transportation. Greenlink will utilize its grant to fund an 18-month campaign that will include:

  • A survey and community workshop to better understand the public’s knowledge and perception of human trafficking in Greenville County
  • Three separate training sessions for bus drivers to become more educated on human trafficking and its warning signs
  • A training video for all new hires to ensure training consistency for all Greenlink employees
  • Three human trafficking prevention training sessions for the public
  • Two public safety roundtables to encourage dialogue with Greenlink staff, customers and law enforcement about ongoing safety concerns
  • The production of ads to post in the buses and at bus stop shelters
  • A large-scale public awareness event

According to Public Transit Director James Keel, this grant provides Greenlink with the financial resources needed to train its drivers on the signs of human trafficking. “Our bus drivers are on the front lines interacting with our customers and the public every day. Equipping them with the knowledge and proper reporting process will help increase safety for our community,” said Keel. “We’re also excited about the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with law enforcement agencies by establishing a roundtable partnership between officers, Greenlink employees and transit customers.”

Greenlink expects to launch the first phase of the project, including the survey and community workshop, this summer.

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