AGA endorses employer certification for anti-human trafficking training legislation

July 9, 2024
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Congressmen David Valadao (R-CA) and Troy Carter (D-LA) authored the legislation to create a program within the Department of Homeland Security.

The American Gaming Association (AGA) has endorsed legislation that would create a program under the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to certify employers that train their workforce on identifying and combating human trafficking.

The legislation was introduced by Congressmen David Valadao (R-CA) and Troy Carter (D-LA) on July 9. 

“California has the highest number of reported human trafficking cases of any state in the country, and it’s impacting communities right here in the Central Valley,” Congressman Valadao said.

“Employees in the entertainment, hospitality and transportation industries are often the first line of defense in detecting human trafficking, and it’s critical they have the necessary training to spot indicators of this crime and save lives. We must continue working together at the local, state and federal level to raise awareness and bring an end to this growing and disturbing crime.”

The training utilizes videos and quizzes to educate learners, who will receive a verified certificate upon successful completion.

“Businesses across hospitality, entertainment and transportation have a responsibility to bolster the front lines in the fight against human trafficking and the gaming industry is wholly committed to this imperative,” AGA President and CEO Bill Miller said. 

“The AGA thanks Reps. Valadao and Carter for their commitment to combating this detestable crime and for recognizing businesses that share this commitment.”

During Human Trafficking Prevention Month in January, the AGA and RG24seven Virtual Training partnered to launch a first-of-its-kind online training to educate gaming industry employees on how to combat human trafficking with no charge.

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