The trainings, funded by the AHLA Foundation, are part of an ongoing industry-wide initiative to combat human trafficking

WASHINGTON, DC (August 9, 2023) – The AHLA Foundation proudly announced today that Foundation-funded human trafficking awareness trainings have been completed more than one million times by hotel employees across the industry. Developed by Marriott International and administered by PACT (previously known as ECPAT-USA), the trainings are part of an industry-wide initiative to help hotel employees recognize and report signs of potential on-property human trafficking. The hospitality industry is uniquely positioned to disrupt human trafficking, and employee trainings play a critical role in prevention efforts.  

There are two available courses – Your Role in Preventing Human Trafficking: Recognize the Signs and Recognize and Respond: Addressing Human Trafficking in the Hospitality Industry for Associates and Managers. This training milestone is in addition to many multi-faceted anti-trafficking efforts by AHLA members.  

This accomplishment comes on the heels of the AHLA Foundation’s 2023 No Room for Trafficking Summit last month, where the AHLA Foundation awarded grants from the No Room for Trafficking Survivor Fund to four community-based organizations – a first for the hospitality sector. The fund has grown to more than $3.5 million since last year, and the AHLA Foundation will match contributions up to $5 million dollars to achieve its goal of $10 million in total contributions by the end of 2023.    

“More than one million training programs being completed – alongside the $500,000 in grants awarded to survivor support – mark encouraging trends that demonstrate the industry’s influence and the power of partnership,” said Anna Blue, President of AHLA Foundation. “There is no finish line – we know we have a long way to go, but it’s clear that awareness and education are critical to chipping away at this global issue.”  

 

About AHLA Foundation 

The AHLA Foundation, the charitable giving arm of the American Hotel & Lodging Association, works to inspire, support, and advance the people who make this industry strong. To elevate the industry and continuously nurture a culture of professional growth and belonging, the Foundation connects prospective employees with new career pathways and provides educational programs and resources to support their professional growth. The Foundation is funded by grants and charitable contributions from generous individuals and organizations who want to support individuals seeking opportunities to thrive in the hotel and lodging industry. Learn more at www.ahlafoundation.org.   

About PACT 

PACT is the leading anti-child trafficking organization in the United States seeking to end child sexual exploitation and trafficking through education, partnerships, and legislative advocacy. PACT is a member of ECPAT International, a global network with one common mission: to eliminate the sexual exploitation and trafficking of children around the world. For more information, visit WeArePACT.org.   

Marriot International 

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) is based in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, and encompasses a portfolio of nearly 8,600 properties under 31 leading brands spanning 139 countries and territories. Marriott operates and franchises hotels and licenses vacation ownership resorts all around the world. The company offers Marriott Bonvoy®, its highly awarded travel program. For more information, please visit our website at www.marriott.com. In addition, connect with us on Facebook and @MarriottIntl on Twitter and Instagram.

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