In January 2020, Greenlink received a grant from the Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Human Trafficking Awareness and Public Safety Initiative, which provides funding for projects to help prevent human trafficking and other crimes on public transportation. Greenlink is using its grant to conduct an 18-month education and awareness campaign that includes three phases.
Today, Greenlink is launching Phase 3 of the campaign with a survey to help determine the public’s existing knowledge and perception of human trafficking in Greenville County. The survey will be conducted onboard Greenlink buses and is also available online at https://publicinput.com/endtrafficking. The deadline to complete the survey is November 30.
In addition to the survey, Phase 3 (Nov 2021 to Jan 2022) will include two drop-in style tabling events to recap the campaign initiatives and share the results of the survey. The campaign culminates with a video to provide consistent training to all of Greenlink's future employees.
In January 2022, Greenlink will hold a large-scale public awareness event to mark the end of the campaign and celebrate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, which is recognized annually on January 11.
“The non-profit agencies that we are working with – who are experts in this field – served nearly 120 human trafficking survivors in 2020, so we know it’s happening in Greenville, but we also know that the victims don’t always ask for help,” said Nicole McAden, Greenlink’s marketing and public affairs manager. “Since we interact with so many people day-to-day, it makes sense to train our team and our customers to recognize the signs of human trafficking and know what to do when we see those signs.”
Visit RideGreenlink.com/HumanTrafficking to learn more about Greenlink’s Human Trafficking Awareness initiative.