The Florida Trucking Association (FTA) received the 2021 TAT Champion Award in the Association Category at their annual conference in Orlando on July 23.

Ken Armstrong, outgoing FTA president and CEO, accepted the award on behalf of the FTA leadership from TAT Deputy Director Kylla Lanier. In announcing the award, Lanier said, “The Florida Trucking Association has been one of our staunchest supporters in the fight against human trafficking, taking this issue on as their own and making it a priority. Through every avenue available to them, they have leveraged their influence on TAT's behalf to help build an army of eyes and ears on our roadways to recognize and report this crime.”

The fight against the injustice of human trafficking is the work of thousands of dedicated and committed people taking place on continents and in countries around the world. Without the support, commitment and actions of the organizations, associations and state agency partners TAT works with, the gains made in the fight against human trafficking in the United States would take a huge leap backward. Each year, therefore, TAT recognizes and honors the outstanding creative, innovative, generous and dedicated efforts of specific partners, whose actions have significantly helped to engage more members of the industries TAT works with, as well as the efforts of more agencies and organizations within their state and the nation, in the fight to end the crime of human trafficking.

Examples of the FTA’s work with TAT includes:
  • Ensuring the Florida Road Team was TAT Trained
  • Educating legislators on prospective bills concerning human trafficking training for truckers
  • Publishing articles in the Florida Truck News about TAT and human trafficking and keeping TAT training on FTA members’ radar through frequent messaging from FTA leaders
  • Speaking to the state human trafficking coalition about trucking’s position on human trafficking
  • Participating on a leadership panel at the state Human Trafficking Summit
  • Becoming a Copper Level TAT sponsor
  • Issuing a challenge from the FTA Board to all members to TAT Train their drivers
  • Inviting TAT to present to company leadership and safety directors at the Florida Truck Driving Championships and the FTA Annual Conference and asking TAT to present to the Florida Third Party Testers conference
  • Working with Florida Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to include substantial TAT information in the driver’s manual 
  • Co-hosting a TAT Coalition Build with the Florida Attorney General’s Office 
  • Participating in the launch of the Florida Highway Heroes program

“Florida Trucking Association is honored to receive the TAT Champion Award this year,” said Alix Miller, FTA president and CEO. “Our members are committed to train employees to spot human trafficking victims and help put an end to this horrific crime. We look forward to continuing our work with Truckers Against Trafficking as we advocate for and protect victims.”