4b. Proclamation

Anti Human Trafficking

Agenda Item: 4b 
Meeting Date: January 10, 2023 

WHEREAS, Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, includes both forced
labor and sex trafficking; and 
WHEREAS,  Human trafficking  robs millions of their dignity and freedom,  enriches
transnational criminals and terrorists, represents a threat to international peace
and security, and undermines the rule of law; and 
WHEREAS,the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 called for the United States 
to combat human trafficking domestically and internationally; and 
WHEREAS, in 2010 President Obama declared January “National Slavery and Human
Trafficking Prevention Month” and every year since each president has followed
this tradition; and 
WHEREAS, the Port of Seattle has joined the fight to end human trafficking through multiyear
efforts at SEA including bystander training for Port employees and victim
self-rescue tools; and 
WHEREAS, during the Port’s 2021 budget process, Commissioner Cho championed $300,000
in the budget to provide essential resources for the Port’s anti-human trafficking
efforts; and 
WHEREAS, the U.S. Department of Transportation has awarded its 2022 Combating Human
Trafficking in Transportation Impact Award and a $50,000 cash prize to SEA’s 
United Against Human Trafficking proposal to convene a national steering
committee of up to 20 diverse airports and scale the Port of Seattle’s countertrafficking
approach into an awareness toolkit for use by airports nationwide; and 
WHEREAS, the Port has convened an anti-human trafficking work group comprised of
employees from Aviation, Maritime, and Corporate/Central Services, which has 
presented recommendations for a proposed spending plan for these resources; and

       WHEREAS, recommendations from the anti-human trafficking workgroup were crafted to
ensure every division of the Port’s operations bolsters the Port’s anti-human
trafficking efforts; recommendations were organized via the Port’s four pillars to
combat human trafficking: policy and procedural change, training for employees
at Port facilities, public awareness campaign, and partnerships to amplify antitrafficking
efforts; and 
WHEREAS, the Port’s planned anti-human trafficking activities in 2023 include rolling out a
Portwide pledge inviting tenants to become allies in our efforts to combat human
trafficking,  a  refreshed  public  awareness  campaign,  and  additional  events
throughout the Port intended to grow awareness with Port employees, Port
tenants, or deepen partnerships with Port partners such as other public agencies. 
NOW, THEREFORE, the Port of Seattle Commission hereby recognizes January as Human
Trafficking Prevention Month. The Port also commits to expand our ongoing efforts to eliminate 
the scourge of human trafficking across the operations of our entire organization. 
Proclaimed by the Port of Seattle Commission this tenth day of January, 2023.

Port of Seattle Commission 

Port of Seattle Commission


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