Craft RI Joins Distributors Against Human Trafficking

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Craft Rhode Island Joins Nationwide Fight Against Human Trafficking in Rhode Island


Beer distributors partner with National Beer Wholesalers Association on training to identify and report signs of human trafficking.

Cranston, RI–  Craft Rhode Island has 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.  Craft Rhode Island’s efforts are part of a nationwide campaign to help combat human trafficking in communities across the United States.

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.   

Craft Rhode Island's employees participated in the awareness training session, which included a viewing of the training video. 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 the visit accounts.

Human trafficking continues to be a major issue in Craft Rhode Island.  According to a recent study, 120 cases of human trafficking have been reported in Rhode Island since 2007.  The NBWA’s goal is to have 10,000 beer industry employees educated on how to recognize and report signs of human trafficking by the end of 2021, and we are dedicated to being a part of this life saving initiative.  As such, Craft Rhode Island is proud to announce its official certificate of completion of the NBWA’s Human Trafficking Awareness Training Program and our formal participation in eradicating this reprehensible crime.