DART Wins Grant to Combat Human Trafficking

Staff Report | DFW Newsflash | January 2020

Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) has received a grant of $49,600 towards Human Trafficking Awareness from the Federal Transit Administration. 

A total of 24 organizations, including DART and four other transit-rail agencies, will each receive funding for projects to help prevent human trafficking and other crimes found on public transportation. 

“Since 2013, when we became one of the original transit agencies to sign the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking pledge, DART has worked to spearhead local awareness efforts on human trafficking,” said Gary Thomas, DART President/Executive Director.

“As one of the first transit agencies to provide training to spot indicators of human trafficking and how to report it to every employee, DART knows the importance of these programs,” said Thomas. “This funding provides us the opportunity to expand our public awareness efforts, provide training and education, and raise awareness among the traveling public along with the other members of our regional coalition of North Texas transportation entities.”

More information can be found at https://www.transit.dot.gov/regulations-and-programs/safety/human-trafficking-awareness-and-public-safety-initiative.