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  • Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

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    Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

    Remarks by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo

    Washington, DC - - (November 20, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of State published the following video account of remarks made by Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:








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  • U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo's Meeting With His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan

    U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo's Meeting With His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan


    Washington, DC - - (November 13, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert issued the following statement:

    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo met today with His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan in Washington, DC. During the meeting, Secretary Pompeo conveyed his condolences for the victims of the recent flooding in Jordan and reaffirmed the United States’ steadfast support for Jordan. Secretary Pompeo underscored the importance of the bilateral relationship between our two countries, thanked King Abdullah for his efforts to promote peace and stability in the Middle East, and sought King Abdullah’s views on regional developments and other matters of mutual interest.

    Secretary Pompeo also congratulated King Abdullah on his receipt of the 2018 Templeton Prize.




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  • U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Announces Start of National Apprenticeship Week

    U.S. Secretary of Labor Acosta Announces Start of National Apprenticeship Week


    Washington, DC - - (November 12, 2018) - - U.S. Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta today announced the start of National Apprenticeship Week (NAW). This year’s theme – Apprenticeships: Creating Tomorrow – celebrates the impact apprenticeship programs have in helping Americans learn skills for jobs in growing industries. NAW will continue through November 18.

    “President Trump’s Administration is committed to expanding apprenticeships and workforce investment across all industries. Apprenticeship is a proven way to help Americans learn the skills they need for good, safe, family-sustaining jobs,” said Secretary Acosta. “National Apprenticeship Week provides an opportunity to showcase how businesses, labor, educational institutions, trade and industry groups, and public officials across the nation are expanding apprenticeships to develop a skilled, dedicated workforce.”

    There are currently more than 7 million open jobs in the United States, and available jobs have exceeded job seekers for seven straight months. Many of these vacancies remain unfilled because job creators cannot find job seekers with the in-demand skills. Apprenticeships provide paid, relevant workplace experiences and opportunities to develop skills job creators demand. The Administration is working to create more opportunities across all industries, including occupations that have not typically used apprenticeships, such as information technology, advanced manufacturing, banking and finance, and healthcare.

    In 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order Expanding Apprenticeships in America. Following the President’s Executive Order, Secretary Acosta convened the President’s Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, which included leaders from business, labor, trade and industry groups, educational institutions, and public officials. Earlier this year, the Task Force submitted a report to the President providing a strategy, including specific recommendations, to create more apprenticeships in the United States through the new Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship program model.

    This summer, the Department announced a grant program to accelerate the expansion of apprenticeships to new industry sectors, and to increase apprenticeship opportunities for all Americans. Additionally, the Department launched a new digital platform: www.Apprenticeship.gov . This innovative web portal features an Apprenticeship Finder tool that offers career seekers a platform to search for apprenticeships by city, state, and occupation, and connects job seekers to high-skilled, high paying careers.

    NAW events and activities can include apprenticeship program open houses for career seekers, skills competitions, community forums, apprentice graduations, business open houses, high school or college career fairs, apprenticeship signing days, industry roundtable events, and more. To explore NAW resources and to include your event in a national listing of NAW events, please visit: www.dol.gov/apprenticeship/NAW .




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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's Call With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo's Call With Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman



    Washington, DC - - (November 11, 2018) - - Today, the office of U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert provided the following information concerning U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo's call with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman:

    Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo spoke today with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Secretary emphasized that the United States will hold all of those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi accountable, and that Saudi Arabia must do the same. On Yemen, the Secretary reiterated the United States’ calls for a cessation of hostilities and for all parties to come to the table to negotiate a peaceful solution to the conflict under the UN Special Envoy.




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  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Appoints New Members to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Appoints New Members to the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee


    (November 8, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced the appointment of 39 members to the Department’s Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Advisory Committee (REEEAC). Initially established in 2010, and most recently renewed in June 2018, the REEEAC is composed of senior private sector representatives that provide advice to the Secretary of Commerce on the development and administration of programs and policies to expand the export competitiveness of U.S. renewable energy and energy efficiency products and services.

    “It is essential for the United States to remain a global leader in the innovation, commercialization, and production of diverse technologies,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The foreign competitive challenges confronting American companies are immense, and the recommendations of the REEEAC will be critical in our continued efforts to ensure global markets are free, fair, and reciprocal.”

    The appointees for the REEEAC’s fifth two-year term are:

    • Chrissy Camacho Borskey, General Electric, Boston, MA
    • Peter Chiaravalle, POM Energy Concepts, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    • Terence Dittrich, TWD Global Enterprises LLC, Hartland, WI
    • Brett Feldman, Navigant Research, Burlington, MA
    • Carl Fleming, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, DC
    • Terry Fry, The Cadmus Group LLC, Oakland, CA
    • Julia Hamm, Smart Electric Power Alliance, Washington, DC
    • Mark Higgins, Strategen Consulting, Berkley, CA
    • Morry Markowitz, Fuel Cell and Hydrogen Energy Association, Washington, DC
    • Sam Martens, OCI Enterprises, San Antonio, TX
    • William Pott, POWER Engineers, Inc., Hailey, ID
    • Donn Samsa, Toshiba Mitsubishi-Electric Industrial Systems Corporation, Roanoke, VA
    • John Smirnow, Solar Energy Industry Association, Washington, DC
    • David Spira, Deloitte Consulting LLP, New York, NY
    • Adam Stern, American Wind Energy Association, Washington, DC
    • Paul Thomsen, Ormat Technologies, Reno, NV
    • Ross Tyler, Business Network for Offshore Wind, Towson, MD
    • Craig Updyke, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, Arlington, VA
    • Ravindra Vora, Transventure Energy LLC, Arvada, CO
    • Fred Walti, Network for Global Innovation, Los Angeles, CA
    • Kathleen Weiss, First Solar, Tempe, AZ
    • Candice Wilson, U.S. Grains Council, Washington, DC
    • Thomas Wright, GreenStar Products, Inc., San Antonio, TX

    The returning REEEAC appointees are:

    • Matt Card, Suniva, Norcross, GA
    • Kelly Davis, Renewable Fuels Association, Ellisville, MO
    • Mike Davis, NC Sustainable Energy Association, Raleigh, NC
    • Jen Derstine, Capstone Turbine Corporation, Van Nuys, CA
    • Svetoslav Gatchev, Delphos International, Ltd., Washington, DC
    • Arthur Haubenstock, California Efficiency & Demand Management Council, Santa Rosa, CA
    • Kenneth Kramer, Rushton Atlantic, LLC, New York, NY
    • Joseph Mendelson, Tesla, Palo Alto, CA
    • Gary Rackliffe, ABB Inc., Raleigh, NC
    • Jorge Sanchez, Thor Energy, San Antonio, TX
    • Frank Shaw, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Washington, DC
    • Scott Sklar, The Stella Group, Arlington, VA
    • Paula Soos, Covanta, Morristown, NJ
    • Trey Taylor, Verdant Power Inc., New York, NY
    • Cindy Thyfault, Global Biofuture Solutions, Inc., Los Angeles, CA
    • Laura Van Wie McGrory, Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, DC

    Since 2010, the REEEAC has provided 56 recommendations to address a wide range of issues, from the creation of market conditions necessary for developing a strong manufacturing base to the closure of critical gaps in export financing.

    The next meeting of the REEEAC is scheduled for November 13, 2018 in Washington, D.C.

    Leadership
    Wilbur Ross



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  • Message from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on the 2018 Secretary’s Awards

    Message from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on the 2018 Secretary’s Awards



    (November 8, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security published the following information:

    Each year, the Secretary's Awards provide an opportunity to recognize some of the outstanding DHS employees who have gone above and beyond the call of duty in service to our missions. It is a time for us to celebrate their accomplishments, and thank them for their service.

    Today, I had the distinct honor of presenting these awards to the more than 660 employees who received individual or team awards. These employees and their stories—full of honor, courage, and ingenuity—represent the very best of our Department. It was a pleasure to be joined by other leaders throughout the Department, as well as the families of our honorees, to celebrate their accomplishments.

    I would like to note, however, that these men and women represent only a fraction of our outstanding employees who, every day, commit themselves to the important work of our Department. I want to thank each of you, and your families, for the sacrifices you make in service to our Department.

    Once again, congratulations to the 2018 Secretary's Award recipients. Thank you for your service to our country and our Department.

    Best regards,


    Kirstjen M. Nielsen
    Secretary of Homeland Security

    With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.




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  • U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on Dept. of Labor Rulemaking on H-2A Visa Program

    U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Statement on Dept. of Labor Rulemaking on H-2A Visa Program





    Washington, DC - - (November 8, 2018) - - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today praised proposed rulemaking by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), which could help farmers advertise job openings to domestic workers as required under the H-2A visa program. The DOL rulemaking would require that employers seeking to hire temporary workers post the employment opportunities online, rather than in expensive newspapers advertisements reaching a limited audience. This is an early step in H-2A regulatory reforms as promised in May in a joint statement of the Secretaries of Agriculture, Labor, State, and Homeland Security.

    Secretary Perdue issued the following statement:

    “When I travel around the country, one of the biggest concerns farmers raise is the shortage of legal farm labor. Our farmers and ranchers are the most productive in the world, and they want to obey immigration law. Where American workers are not available, farmers turn to the H-2A program that is overly bureaucratic and cost prohibitive. Using regulations like this is one way to modernize H-2A to reach more American workers, while providing relief to farmers from one of the high costs of the program. It’s good to see the federal government using 21st Century technology, rather than being limited to placing notices in the want ads.

    “H-2A reforms can chip around the edges of the labor shortage problem, but it will take action from Congress to address it fully. I applaud Secretary Acosta and urge members of Congress to redouble their efforts to help our farmers find the workers they need to continue to feed, fuel, and clothe the United States and the world.”



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  • U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month

    U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen Statement on National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month



    (November 7, 2018) - - U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen M. Nielsen released the following statement on President Trump’s Proclamation of November as National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience Month:

    “Americans rely on secure and resilient infrastructure to provide access to safe food, reliable electricity and transportation, clean water, and instant communication. These physical and cyber systems—and others across all 16 critical infrastructure sectors—provide the essential services that support and underpin American society.

    “As the Secretary of Homeland Security, I am committed to strengthening our efforts to protect and secure the infrastructure on which Americans rely, in close partnership with other federal agencies, state, local, territorial and tribal governments, and the private sector. Only by working together can we help ensure the nation’s critical infrastructure is secure and resilient, and be ready to respond to any cyber or physical threats we might face.

    “The threat to our critical systems is continuous and outpacing our defenses. We have already seen attempts by countries such as China, Iran, North Korea, and Russia to use their power in cyberspace to compromise and disrupt our infrastructure, and advance their own interests.

    “I commend President Trump for recognizing the important work we do to ensure secure and resilient infrastructure, and for pushing his entire Administration to combat these threats head on.

    “I also want to commend the countless employees of the Department of Homeland Security, and all our partners in government and the private sector who work day-in and day-out to make our infrastructure more secure. Our collective success depends on your continued dedication.”





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  • Statement of Secretary Perdue Regarding EPA Decision on Dicamba

    Statement of Secretary Perdue Regarding EPA Decision on Dicamba

    Statement of U.S. Agriculture Secretary Perdue Regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Decision on Dicamba


    Washington, DC - - (November 1, 2018) - - U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today issued the following statement regarding the decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to extend the registration of dicamba for two years. The extension is for “over-the-top” use to control weeds in fields for cotton and soybean plants genetically engineered to resist dicamba.

    Perdue’s statement is as follows:

    “It is important that the EPA has decided to renew the registration of over-the-top use of this important weed control technology on dicamba-resistant cotton and soybeans, because it presents farmers with options. This represents the conclusion of a very thorough scientific review, in conjunction with stakeholders, involving site visits and careful consideration of facts. Producers who use this weed control method should review the label, understand why changes have been made, and ensure that all requirements of the label are met when the 2019 use season begins.”




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  • U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Declares Fishery Disaster in Florida following Hurricane Michael

    U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross Declares Fishery Disaster in Florida following Hurricane Michael



    (November 1, 2018) - - Today, in response to a request from Governor Rick Scott on October 23, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that a commercial fishery failure occurred in Florida as a result of Hurricane Michael, which struck the panhandle with devastating force on October 10.

    “The Department of Commerce stands ready to support communities across Florida in their hour of need,” said Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross. “The Trump Administration is committed to ensuring that all Americans receive the necessary aid to recover and rebuild following the destruction and harm caused by Hurricane Michael.”

    This determination provides the basis for Congress to appropriate fishery disaster assistance for the new fiscal year, which began in October. In 2018, Secretary Ross has previously declared fishery disasters in Texas after Hurricane Harvey and in California, Oregon, and Washington.

    To further facilitate recovery efforts in Florida and beyond, the Department of Commerce can look to the Economic Development Administration, which spearheads the Federal government’s efforts to deliver economic assistance and support long-term growth after natural disasters.




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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Speaks by Phone with Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo Speaks by Phone with Brazilian President-Elect Jair Bolsonaro



    Washington, DC - - (October 29, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Department of State Spokesperson Heather Nauert provided the following information:

    Secretary Michael R. Pompeo spoke by phone today with Brazilian President-elect Jair Bolsonaro. The Secretary congratulated Mr. Bolsonaro on his win and reinforced the vibrant partnership between the United States and Brazil based on our mutual commitment to promote security, democracy, economic prosperity, and human rights. They discussed collaboration on priority foreign policy issues including Venezuela, countering transnational crime, and ways to strengthen economic ties between the United States and Brazil, the two largest economies in the Western Hemisphere.




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  • Statement From U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on Recent Mail Bombs

    Statement From U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen on Recent Mail Bombs



    (October 25, 2018) - - Today, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published the following statement attributed to DHS Secretary Kirstjen M. Nielsen:

    “DHS and the U.S. Secret Service are closely coordinating with the FBI on the active investigation and are working with state and local law enforcement to provide updates on the evolving situation. The Department has heightened the security posture at federal facilities around the country and is actively communicating with our National Network of Fusion Centers. I condemn these cowardly acts in the strongest possible terms. Americans will not tolerate these types of threats, and we will not be intimidated.”
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  • Joint Press Statement from Commissioner Věra Jourová and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on the Second Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Review

    Joint Press Statement from Commissioner Věra Jourová and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross on the Second Annual EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Review



    (October 19, 2018) - - Today, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Commissioner Věra Jourová made the following statement regarding the second annual U.S.-E.U. Privacy Shield review:

    "Senior officials from the United States Government, the European Commission, and European Data Protection Authorities are meeting in Brussels this week to conduct the second annual review of the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield framework. The two days of detailed discussions are addressing all aspects of the functioning of the Privacy Shield. The review benefited greatly from industry and civil society input.

    "Since the inception of the Privacy Shield program in 2016, nearly 4,000 companies have made legally enforceable commitments to comply with the Privacy Shield framework. The significant growth of the program last year highlights Privacy Shield's vital importance to transatlantic data protection and commerce.

    "The U.S. and EU took note that since the last annual review, the President nominated, and the Senate confirmed, three new members to the independent Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (PCLOB) to restore a chair and a quorum. The PCLOB also declassified its report on a presidential directive that extended certain signals intelligence privacy protections to foreign citizens.

    "Review participants are discussing the functioning of the Privacy Shield Ombudsperson Mechanism, including President Trump's recent decision to name a senior, politically appointed State Department official as Ombudsperson. Nonetheless, both sides recognize the need for prompt progress on nominating a permanent Under Secretary. This process is well underway and the U.S. will be in close contact with the EU on this important matter.

    "In addition, in the wake of recent privacy incidents involving the personal data of Europeans and Americans, the U.S. and EU reaffirm the need for strong privacy enforcement to protect our citizens and ensure trust in the digital economy. Among other things, the Commerce Department will revoke the certification of companies that do not comply with Privacy Shield's vigorous data protection requirements.

    "U.S. and EU officials will continue to work closely together to ensure the framework functions as intended, including on commercial and national-security related matters. Before the end of the year, the Commission will publish a report containing its findings on the functioning of the Privacy Shield."


    Background

    The Commissioner for Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality Věra Jourová, launched with the US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross the discussions to review the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield on 18 October. Operational since 1 August 2016, this framework protects personal data transferred from the EU to the U.S. for commercial purposes. It brings also legal clarity for businesses relying on the transmission of personal data across the Atlantic.





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  • U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Makes Remarks to the Traveling Press at King Salman Air Base in Saudi Arabia

    U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo Makes Remarks to the Traveling Press at King Salman Air Base in Saudi Arabia




    King Salman Air Base, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - - (October 17, 2018) - - Remarks to the traveling press by U.S. Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo:


    SECRETARY POMPEO: We’re on our way to Turkey, where I’ll meet with President Erdogan this morning, if all goes as planned. Yesterday I had the chance to have a number of meetings, extended meetings, with King Salman and the crown prince, Adel al-Jubeir, the foreign minister. In each of those meetings I stressed the importance of them conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and they made a commitment; they said they would do that and they said it would be a thorough, complete, and transparent investigation. We’ll all see the results of that. They made a commitment that they would show the entire world the results of their investigation. They also indicated they would get this done quickly. I don’t know the precise timeline, but they indicated that they understood the importance of getting that done in a timely, rapid fashion so that they could begin to answer important questions.

    We also had the chance to talk about lots of other elements of the relationship between our two countries. We have many overlapping interests, places we work together, places where Saudi Arabia and the United States are trying to achieve important things around the world, and we spent time discussing those as well.

    QUESTION: Sir, did they tell you what happened to Jamal Khashoggi?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: They told me they were going to conduct a thorough, complete, transparent investigation. They made a commitment, too, to hold anyone connected to any wrongdoing that may be found accountable for that, whether they are a senior officer or official. They promised accountability for each of those persons whom they determine as a result of their investigation has – deserves accountability.

    QUESTION: Including a member of the royal family?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: They made no exceptions to who they would hold accountable. They were just – they were very clear. They understand the importance of this issue. They are determined to get to the bottom of it, and that they will conduct the report, and we’ll all get a chance to see it. They each promised that they would achieve that for us.

    QUESTION: And did they say that Mr. Khashoggi is alive or dead?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: I don’t want to talk about any of the facts. They didn’t want to either, in that they want to have the opportunity to complete this investigation in a thorough way.

    QUESTION: Do you believe the denials?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: And I think that’s – I think that’s – I think that’s a reasonable thing to do to give them that opportunity, and then we’ll all get to judge, we’ll all get to evaluate the work that they do.

    QUESTION: With the reports coming from Turkey, what gives you the benefit of the doubt of believing them so far right now?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: I’m waiting for the investigation to be completed. They promised that they would achieve that, and I’m counting on it, and they gave me their word. And we’ll all get to see if they deliver against that commitment.

    QUESTION: Did you talk about repercussions in case the Saudis are found to be involved?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: We talked about the importance of completing the investigation.

    QUESTION: And what happens if the Saudis are found to be involved, for the U.S.?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: We talked about the importance of the investigation, completing it in a timely fashion, and making sure that it was sufficiently transparent that we could evaluate the work that had been done to get to the bottom of it. So that was the purpose of the visit. In that sense it was incredibly successful. We received commitments that they would complete this, and I am counting on them to do that. So thanks, everybody.

    QUESTION: Did they tell you something different, though, in private about this?

    SECRETARY POMPEO: Have a good morning and we’ll see you all on the other side.




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  • U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Appointees to Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking

    U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao Announces Appointees to Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking



    Washington, DC - - (October 11, 2018) - - U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Secretary Elaine L. Chao today announced the appointment of 15 members to DOT’s new Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking.

    “Members of this committee have extensive experience in combatting human trafficking, and the Department looks forward to receiving their recommendations and reports,” said Secretary Elaine L. Chao.

    The committee, required by the Combating Human Trafficking in Commercial Vehicles Act, consists of stakeholders from trafficking advocacy organizations; law enforcement; and trucking, bus, rail, aviation, maritime, and port sectors, including industry and labor.

    The committee will submit recommendations to Secretary Chao by July 3, 2019, that include:

    • Strategies for identifying and reporting instances of human trafficking.
    • Recommendations for administrative or legislative changes to use programs, properties, or other resources owned, operated, or funded by the Department to combat human trafficking.
    • Best practices for state and local transportation stakeholders based on multidisciplinary research and promising evidence-based models and programs, including sample training materials and strategies to identify victims.

    The committee builds upon the Department’s work with transportation stakeholders across all modes of transportation to prevent human trafficking through the Transportation Leaders Against Human Trafficking initiative. DOT also partners with the aviation industry through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI), led by DOT, the Department of Homeland Security, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. BLI trains aviation industry personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, more than 100,000 personnel in the aviation industry have been trained through BLI, and actionable tips continue to be reported to law enforcement.

    The following individuals are being appointed to the Advisory Committee on Human Trafficking:

    • Chairperson: Catherine Todd Bailey, Former U.S. Ambassador to Latvia

    • Vice Chairperson: Linda Burtwistle, President & COO, Coach USA; Board Member, American Bus Association

    • Paul Anderson, President and CEO, Port Tampa Bay

    • Nicole Clifton, Vice President, Global Public Affairs, United Parcel Service

    • Sherri Garner Brumbaugh, President and CEO, Garner Transportation Group; Vice-Chair, American Trucking Associations

    • Michelle Guelbart, Director, Private Sector Engagement, ECPAT-USA

    • Greg Hynes, Alternate National Legislative Director, International Association of Sheet Metal, Air, Rail, and Transportation Workers (SMART-TD)

    • Kristen Joyner, Executive Director, South West Transit Association

    • Loretta Kennedy, Director, Domestic Operations and Investigations, JetBlue Airways

    • Laura J. Lederer, President, Global Centurion

    • David Lorenzen, Chief, Iowa Motor Vehicle Enforcement, Iowa DOT

    • Kendis Paris, Executive Director, Truckers Against Trafficking

    • Mi Yung Park, Government Relations Director, A21

    • Eric Smith, Vice President & Chief Commercial Officer, Hendry Marine Industries

    • Lynn Thoman, Adjunct Professor of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University




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