Tri-Valley Beverage Joins Nationwide Fight Against Human Trafficking
Tri-Valley Beverage Joins Nationwide Fight Against Human Trafficking in the Mohawk Valley -Beer distributors partner with National Beer Wholesalers Association on training to identify and report signs of human trafficking
Westmoreland, NY – Today, Tri-Valley partnered with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) for an awareness training to educate employees on recognizing and reporting the warning signs of human trafficking. Tri-Valley’s efforts are a part of a nationwide campaign to help combat human trafficking in communities across the United States.
“As a local business, Tri-Valley Beverage is always looking for ways to make a difference in the Mohawk Valley,” said Kyle Tomlin, Operations Manager “Sadly, every community is vulnerable to the horrors of human trafficking, and the surrounding Utica area is no exception. The hardworking men and women of Tri-Valley Beverage, who visit hundreds of licensed retail locations each week, are now prepared to be an extra set of eyes and ears on the ground in the fight against human trafficking.”
Beer distributors collectively visit more than 640,000 retail establishments across the country, including bars, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, package stores, sports arenas and grocery stores. They are uniquely positioned to combat this heinous crime given their access to locations at accounts often unseen by the public.
To help distributors understand human trafficking, identify the signs, and respond if they suspect this heinous crime is happening, NBWA partnered with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, and Executive Director of Street Grace Camila Zolfaghari to produce an awarness training video.
Over 60 Tri-Valley Beverage’s employees participated in the awareness training session, which included a viewing of the video. These employees were also equipped with contact information to alert authorities if they spot suspicious behaviors and tip cards containing red flag behaviors to carry with them as they visit accounts.
Human trafficking continues to be a major issue in New York State. According to a recent study, more than 9,000 instances of human trafficking related circumstances have been reported in New York State since 2007.
For more information, visit the NBWA Human Trafficking Resource Center.