Reno-Tahoe International Airport takes steps to fight human trafficking

Published: Aug. 12, 2019 at 3:05 PM PDT
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The Reno-Tahoe International Airport has been designated a Safe Place site by

, and will be implementing a human trafficking training program for every airport employee.

"So again with this partnership with the children's cabinet we now can do something for somebody that might be travelling in or out of the Reno Tahoe International Airport," Marily Mora, the airport CEO, says.

The Children’s Cabinet is the airport's partner in handling any potential Safe Place occurrences and to help ensure timely and respectful managing those situations. The Safe Place program assists both children and teens whether they are running from an abusive home or trying to escape from a human trafficker.

"And so we're there 24 hours a day seven days a week to respond to that phone call for the youth and we have a case manager assigned to that person," Kim Young, executive director of the Children's Cabinet, says.

As a Safe Place site, the

logo is now displayed throughout the airport to provide a visual cue to children and teenagers so they can seek help and safety by approaching any airport employee.

"They've been given this laminate little card here to tell them what steps to take if they see someone that's in distress that might be a victim of human trafficking, youth that's troubled one way or the other," Mora says.

In addition, the airport is implementing a human trafficking training program for each employee.

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