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AHLA Stands Against Human Trafficking: Enhancing Hotel Employee Training in 2024

January marks National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a crucial time when organizations like the American Hotel and Lodging Association (AHLA) redouble their efforts to combat human trafficking, not only through advocacy and awareness campaigns but also through enhanced online training programs.

Having been long committed to eradicating human trafficking within the hospitality industry, the AHLA recognizes the unique position of hotels as potential venues for such illicit activities; consistently championing initiatives to educate, raise awareness, and facilitate preventive measures.

AHLA Foundation's Role:

Since its founding in 1953, the philanthropic arm of AHLA has played a pivotal role in advancing the industry's commitment to social responsibility. In collaboration with various stakeholders, the AHLA and its Foundation work tirelessly to address societal challenges, with a strong focus on combating human trafficking. By aligning with National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, the Foundation aims to harness collective efforts to create a safer environment within the hospitality sector.

The Enhanced Online Training Program:

At the heart of this mission is the updated online training program designed to equip hotel employees with the knowledge and skills needed to identify and respond to human trafficking situations effectively. This program will provide a comprehensive overview of the issues of trafficking, and suggested protocols for responding to suspicious activity.

Recognizing the diverse work schedules of hotel employees, the online training program is designed to be accessible anytime, anywhere. This flexibility ensures staff members can complete the training at their convenience, promoting widespread participation.


As AHLA once again recognizes National Human Trafficking Prevention Month in 2024, their commitment to fighting human trafficking within the hospitality industry remains steadfast. The enhanced online training program is a testament to their dedication, providing hotel employees with the tools they need to be vigilant and responsive in identifying and combatting human trafficking at hotel properties. By fostering awareness, education, and practical skills, AHLA actively contributes to a safer and more secure hospitality environment for all.

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