Machinists Union Continues to Fight Against Human Trafficking as Air Transport Locals 811 and 2198 Host Awareness Seminar

The IAM is continuing its proud support of raising awareness amongst members and the general public about how to stop human trafficking.

IAM General Secretary-Treasurer Dora Cervantes and IAM Women’s and Human Rights Director Julie Frietchen recently attended a seminar, hosted by IAM Air Transport Territory Locals 811 and 2198 in Houston, about how members can spot the signs of human trafficking.

The seminar, conducted by United Against Human Trafficking (UAHT), was opened by Local 811 Secretary-Treasurer Sarah Monderoy Garcia and Local 2198 Trustee Maria Caban. Cervantes and Frietchen also presented UAHT with a donation to support the continuation of their important work.

“Our members in the air transport industry are uniquely positioned to help stop the heinous crime of human trafficking,” said Cervantes. “I’m so grateful to Locals 811 and 2198 for continuing to join the fight to bring justice to the victims of this growing problem.”

“The IAM Air Transport Territory will never stop fighting for the freedom of the millions of people every year who are victims of human trafficking,” said IAM Air Transport Territory General Vice President Richie Johnsen. “Locals 811 and 2198 are doing a huge service to the Houston community and beyond by educating our members on how to spot this crime.”

“It was an honor to attend the Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar,” said Frietchen. “It is important to educate our members how to spot these crimes, and I hope to add this training to the human rights classes at the Winpisinger Center.”  

How to Fight Human Trafficking 

What do I look for?

  • Inability to leave job/living situation
  • Evidence of mental/physical abuse
  • Tattoos/branding marks
  • Accompanied by a controlling person
  • Fearful/lack of eye contact
  • Lack of identification

 How do I help?

If you suspect human trafficking, take note of your observations and call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888.

  • Volunteer with UAHT
  • Attend a free training to learn more
  • Give a gift to UAHT programs

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