Deadline: BE the SOLUTION Awards

DEADLINE: February 1, 2018

We are reminding you about the connection between public transportation and human trafficking in America.

Transit has rolling billboards to educate the public and tailgate meetings to train the transit workforce. SWTA wants to know what your plans are to BE the SOLUTION. We want to celebrate your efforts at the Freedom Through Transit Conference in Denver, March 5-7. All efforts will be recognized but three transit providers and one business will be named the 2018 BE the SOLUTION winners.

You know SWTA is passionate about bringing awareness to the crime of human trafficking and giving hope to victims. We love celebrating the efforts of public transportation agencies as leaders in this fight because you can BE the SOLUTION.

So, get your thinking caps on. We have links to ideas and resources that are free or low cost, especially if you engage your community partners (one of the judging criteria). FYI: January 2018 is Human Trafficking Awareness month.

Link for free ads, driver cards, infographics, educational materials and more!

By the NUMBERS - sex trade focused:

  • Two million children are exploited into the sex trade, world-wide, every year. At least 100,000 AMERICAN children are being exploited through pornography or prostitution every year in the United States. (UNICEF, December 14, 2005)

  • The top 5 recruitment sites for sex traffickers are malls, BUS STOPS, parks, playgrounds and schools. (Child Sex Trafficking at a Glance, Polaris Project)
  • From a Polaris Project report: “One teenage girl was forced to bring in $500 per night, seven days a week. The trafficker had three other controlled females. Based on these numbers, it is estimated that the trafficker made $632,000 in one year from four young girls.”
  • There is HOPE, the public responds in 2015:21,947 calls, 1535 webforms, 1275 emails and 1472 texts were generated reporting sex and labor trafficking events in the United States. (National Human Trafficking Resource Center)
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Due to ever increasing costs associated with doing transit business, SWTA has created a way for you to earn a REBATE for simply learning about products and services while attending the 2018 Annual Freedom Through Transit Conference.

Application DEADLINE EXTENDED to February 1, 2018! Those who qualify will be able to earn up to $300 in rebates for their agency.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Earn While You Learn REBATE program is open to all SWTA member transit agencies providing public transportation services.

  2. One REBATE per agency.

  3. Decision-maker and influencer level management will be considered.

  4. Fill out the application and return to SWTA by 5:00 p.m., January 19, 2018. There are a limited number, so return early for consideration.

  5. If accepted into the REBATE program, you will be required to register and attend the SWTA 2018 Annual Conference to be held in Denver, March 5-7, 2018.

  6. During your time in Denver, you will attend six, 10-minute, in person sessions with vendors to explore and learn about their product/service. This is education and you will not be asked to purchase.

  7. Upon completion of each session you will be asked to provide proof of attendance (details to follow).

  8. Each completed 10-minute session gains a REBATE of $50, up to 6 sessions equals $300.

  9. Once SWTA has verified completion of the task, your agency will receive a REBATE check equal to the number of completed sessions up to six.

Applicants will be notified of approval by February 15th.

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