SAFE Action Project
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 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 the travel, hospitality, and tourism industry with the knowledge and skills to recognize and properly report potential human 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 a variety of 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 hospitality and tourism industry professionals on how to recognize, report, and ultimately end human trafficking in Arizona.
Who We Are Our History
SAFE Action Project was originally launched in 2012 by members of Ascension Lutheran Church, Phoenix Police Department Vice Unit and Homeland Security Investigations – Phoenix Division.
They had an idea to create a hotel based specific training to identify child victims of sex trafficking in the hospitality industry. The group worked together on a volunteer basis to train hotel staff on the various indicators.
In July 2013, the SAFE Action Project was formally created by the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute as a full initiative to train hospitality employees about the warning signs of human trafficking, with a focus on child sex trafficking. Regrettably, hotels were the venue 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.
Effective June of 2018, the SAFE Action Project entered 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 anyone in the travel, hospitality, or tourism industry.
SAFE now offers a wide variety of human trafficking training resources to help travel, hospitality, and tourism staff, along with everyday travelers nationwide, to recognize the warning signs of human trafficking and how to report suspicious behavior, with a “see something, say something” approach.
In working with collaborative partners, including leaders of the tourism and lodging industry and others, the SAFE Action Project has become firmly re-established in Arizona. Additional guidance from survivor advisors and law enforcement has been incorporated throughout the program.
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