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Investors recognize progress in efforts to end human trafficking

January 21, 2019

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During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Mercy Investment Services is encouraged by two recent announcements signifying progress in the work to end this abusive practice. 

In 2011, at the urging of the Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Investment Services, Delta Airlines became the first domestic airline to sign the ECPAT Code, pledging to use its platform and role in the travel industry to protect children from human trafficking. Since then, Delta has demonstrated an increasing commitment to the issue, including training employees to identify victims and educating travelers through its in-flight magazine. This month, in advance of the Super Bowl in Delta’s hometown of Atlanta, Georgia, the airline released a video that will play on its seatback screens to increase traveler education and encourage them to take action if they believe someone is being trafficked. Click here to view the video. 

Investors including Mercy Investment Services were also pleased that the president recently signed the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act into law. This longtime effort includes a provision that any contractor of goods or services must ensure that no workers pay fees to obtain a job. A version of the act passed in 2013; however, the version signed into law this month added prevention as a key component of the act, emphasizing education and training to help stop trafficking before it happens and to identify human trafficking victims, namely in the travel and hospitality industries.