Today is the Start of CVSA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative in Mexico

First published by CVSA

Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative MexicoToday is the first day of the Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance’s (CVSA) new three-day Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative in Mexico. Mexico’s Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation and the National Guard are participating in this new annual awareness and outreach effort to educate commercial motor vehicle drivers, motor carriers, law enforcement officers and the general public about the crime of human trafficking, the signs to look for and what to do if you suspect someone is being trafficked.

According to the United Nations, human trafficking is the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of people through force, fraud or deception with the aim of exploiting them for profit. Men, women and children of all ages and from all backgrounds can become victims of this crime, which occurs in every region of the world.

In the months leading up to this three-day awareness campaign, CVSA educated its membership, which includes Mexico, and the general public on human trafficking through webinars, radio appearances and online resources. Through a collaboration with the Ministry of Infrastructure, Communications and Transportation, Well of Life, Citizen Council for Security and Justice of Mexico City, and Truckers Against Trafficking, drivers and motor carriers were provided complimentary wallet cards and access to a Spanish-language educational video on human trafficking.

In addition, during the three-day outreach and awareness initiative, Mexican jurisdictions will track human trafficking awareness and outreach data and submit that data to the Alliance.

The Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative is a new educational effort involving all three countries of the Alliance – Canada, Mexico and the U.S. The U.S. Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative was on Jan. 11-13 and Canada’s initiative was Feb. 22-24.

“As the Alliance launches this new annual human trafficking awareness and outreach campaign, we’re pleased to have all three countries of this North American organization participate in the effort to eradicate the crime of human trafficking,” said CVSA President Capt. John Broers with the South Dakota Highway Patrol.

If you or someone you know is the victim of human trafficking, in Mexico, call 800 5533 000 or if you are in the U.S., call 888-373-7888. The hotline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

To find out more about Mexico’s Human Trafficking Awareness Initiative, contact the Citizen Council for Security and Justice of Mexico City.


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ADOT offering virtual training to truck drivers in Mexico

Webinars help officers continue promoting commerce during pandemic

BLU Webinar Presentation

PHOENIX – An Arizona Department of Transportation program that helps truck drivers in Mexico better understand and prepare for safety inspections at the border is using technology to provide virtual training during the current public health situation.

The goal of this training offered by ADOT’s Border Liaison Unit is reducing commercial vehicle wait times at the international border by cutting down on safety problems and other issues that truck drivers must address before leaving commercial ports of entry. That helps make Arizona’s ports more appealing places for trucks to enter the U.S.

Part of ADOT’s Enforcement and Compliance Division, which operates commercial ports of entry, the Border Liaison Unit offered its first training by webinar recently for 30 trucking companies from the Mexican states of Sonora and Baja California. More sessions are planned.

“The webinar was a huge success,” said Officer Frank Cordova of the Border Liaison Unit. “We’re looking to make webinar-based workshops a staple of the training we provide, as it allows us to reach even further into Mexico and the U.S. to continue educating the commercial industry.”

The Border Liaison Unit saw an increase in inquiries from Mexican truckers regarding current emergency restrictions and exemptions for commercial vehicles due to COVID-19. Future sessions will cover safety training previously conducted in person such as electronic log books and critical items officers look for in inspections.

That assistance complements International Border Inspection Qualification training that ADOT has offered in person since 2016. Drivers certified through that program are able to share questions and pictures of their vehicles via WhatsApp and communicate with ADOT officers about potential safety issues before driving to the border.

Meeting this demand with a webinar helps ADOT officers and commercial truck drivers observe social distancing. Longer-term, offering virtual instruction reduces travel expenses.

“I’m very proud of this unit for finding ways to continue to work with our local and international partners in the trucking industry,” Cordova said. “Even a pandemic won’t keep us from doing the job we’re passionate about.”