About Us The SAFE Action Project is a program funded and operated by Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network (AATN) and has partnered with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and Homeland Security Investigations – Phoenix.
The SAFE (Safeguarding All From Exploitation) Action Project, under the direction of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network, is a tourism training program designed to elevate awareness and action within the industry to combat human trafficking.
Through specialized training and community collaborations, the project provides tourism industry staff with the knowledge and skills to recognize and properly report potential trafficking situations.
These crimes regularly occur in hotels, motels, and resorts, oftentimes unbeknownst to the proprietors, making the property or business a victim as well. Traffickers also use travel mechanisms to transport victims and carry out their crimes, including the use of rideshare apps and airlines.
The SAFE Action Project aims to bring all of these disciplines to the table to train tourism industry professionals on how to recognize, report, and ultimately end human trafficking in Arizona.
Who We Are Our History
In July 2013, the SAFE Action Project was created by the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute to train hospitality employees about the warning signs of human trafficking, with a focus on child sex trafficking.
Regrettably, hotels, where many of these egregious crimes take place, are also unwitting victims, and often completely unaware of the dangerous situations taking place on their property.
In working with collaborative partners, including leaders of the lodging industry and others, the SAFE Action Project became firmly established.
WITH INVALUABLE ASSISTANCE FROM THE ARIZONA LODGING AND TOURISM ASSOCIATION, A SELECT TASK FORCE OF INDUSTRY PROFESSIONALS BECAME ENGAGED SAFE STAFF TO HELP REFINE THE TRAINING CURRICULUM BEING DEVELOPED.
Additional guidance from survivor advisors and law enforcement was incorporated, and the O’Connor Institute worked to create collaboration among various resources and partnerships.
Effective June of 2018, the SAFE Action Project will enter a new phase of growth under the direction of the Arizona Anti-Trafficking Network (AATN) based in Phoenix, AZ.
Through partnerships with the Arizona Attorney General’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security, SAFE Action Project trainings will be offered state-wide at no cost for any hospitality or travel business.
SAFE now offers a wide variety of human trafficking training resources to help tourism staff, along with everyday travelers nationwide, recognize warning signs of human trafficking and how to report suspicious behavior, with a “see something, say something” approach.
Find out what it means to become a SAFE Certified Business, click here.