Delta has been combatting human trafficking from the frontlines since 2011, calling on all of its employees to #GetOnBoard in the fight. Last week, Delta’s Flight Ops team took the charge seriously by donating $25,000 to local anti-trafficking nonprofit, Wellspring Living.
Wellspring has a history of serving survivors of sexual exploitation in Atlanta through residential and community-based programs since 2001. It creates a safe place for women and girls transitioning out of domestic sex trafficking to develop practical skills and the confidence needed to take the next step in their lives.
Although Delta has partnered with Wellspring to support trafficking survivors and at-risk youth for years, the recent Flight Ops donation will fund education for women recovering from poverty, sexual abuse or trafficking. It will equip them with skill sets and Microsoft and IT certifications, and empower them to secure competitive opportunities and careers in IT, finance and clerical fields.
In addition to the $25,000, Delta is offering apprenticeships for career development to trafficking survivors through Wellspring at its world headquarters in Atlanta, the AJC reported yesterday.
“While some might not initially see the correlation between aviation and human trafficking, people are trafficked across transportation systems every day.” said Jim Graham, V. P. – Flying Operations and Chief Pilot. “As advocates at Delta for all who have been made victims of this crime, we have the chance to leverage our resources and empower our neighbors with education and opportunities they may have otherwise been denied.”
Partnering with leaders like Wellspring in the anti-trafficking space is just one pillar to Delta’s five tier approach to fight human trafficking. The airline’s strategy includes local volunteer opportunities for employees, lobbying for anti-trafficking legislation, engaging its 180 million customers and training for its 80,000 employees to identify and report human trafficking.