Airline Organization and Federal Agencies Support Blue Lightning Initiative


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The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Department of Transportation (DOT) recently signed a memorandum with the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), a professional organization representing those who work at commercial airports and general aviation aircraft for public use, in support of the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI).

According to the memorandum, the AAAE will make available in its computerized training services the latest BLI virtual training course developed by the agencies.

More than 300 airports use the services of the AAAE.

BLI trains aviation industry personnel to identify potential traffickers and victims of human trafficking and report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. More than 200,000 people have been trained.

“AAAE and the airport community are committed to fighting human trafficking,” said Kyle Herbig, AAAE’s Vice President of Customer Solutions. “Partnering with DHS and DOT on the Blue Lightning Initiative will help standardize training and human trafficking prevention for thousands of workers at hundreds of airports that rely on the AAAE for compliance and additional education and will further unite us in our efforts to protect the vulnerable.”

The DOT and US Customs and Border Protection run BLI and are part of the DHS Blue Campaign. The campaign is a member of the Center for Countering Human Trafficking. The center fights against sex trafficking and forced labor.


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