Flight Attendant Union Renews Pledge To Combat Human Trafficking In Recognition Of National Freedom Day
February 1, 2013
Washington, DC - Marking the culmination of
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Association of
Flight Attendants-CWA (AFA) reaffirmed its commitment to work toward ending human
trafficking. Since 1942, February 1 has been commemorated as National Freedom
Day, the day when President Lincoln signed the 13th amendment to end slavery.
“As the first responders of aviation, Flight Attendants are in a key position
to join the fight against human trafficking. With appropriate training, we can
help save the lives of innocent people, facilitate their rescue and help bring
perpetrators to justice,” said AFA International President Veda Shook. “Today,
there are still many victims of modern slavery - they are women and children,
men and adults. They are all being denied basic human rights and we must work
together to ensure that we put an end to this form of slavery.”
It is estimated that at least 12.3 million adults and children are enslaved
around the world and that 56 percent are women and girls. The International
Labor Organization (ILO) estimated that in 2005, 980,000 to 1,225,000 boys and
girls were in forced labor situations as a result of trafficking.
“It is important that on this day when freedom for all Americans is honored, we
recommit to the fight to end the serious and heinous civil rights violation
that is human trafficking. With the evolution of our industry comes an
evolution in our professional responsibilities and it is necessary that Flight
Attendants receive the proper training to identify possible victims and
facilitate their rescue,” added Shook.
AFA is among the network of partners working together with the DOT and the DHS
to educate frontline transportation workers about the critical role we can play
to help stop human trafficking.
The Association of Flight Attendants is the world¹s largest Flight Attendant
union. Focused 100 percent on Flight Attendant issues, AFA has been the leader
in advancing the Flight Attendant profession for 67 years. Serving as the voice
for Flight Attendants in the workplace, in the aviation industry, in the media
and on Capitol Hill, AFA has transformed the Flight Attendant profession by
raising wages, benefits and working conditions. Nearly 60,000 Flight
Attendants come together to form AFA, part of the 700,000-member strong
Communications Workers of America (CWA), AFL-CIO. Visit us at www.afacwa.org.