U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar Visits Dart Corporate Headquarters
30 Aug 2017
(EAGAN, Minn.) – The Dart Network, a premiere name in transportation and logistics and a Minnesota-based company since 1934, had the opportunity to host United States Senator Amy Klobuchar for a press conference on Tuesday, August 15, 2017. The event was held at the Dart’s corporate headquarters in Eagan, Minnesota.
Senator Klobuchar announced legislation she’s sponsoring to combat human trafficking. Klobuchar’s new bill would bring additional resources to the mix and would fund new training programs for truck drivers. The bill would also create a Human Trafficking Prevention Coordinator to work alongside the trucking industry. With commercial drivers acting as eyes and ears on our nation’s roads, Klobuchar feels the trucking industry can play a vital role in combating human trafficking within North America. “Truckers are often the first line of defense against human trafficking," Senator Klobuchar said.
Russ Moore, Dart’s Vice President of Marketing & Communications, spoke alongside Senator Klobuchar discussing the Dart’s efforts in educating its fleet to alert to human trafficking while out on the road. “Dart has supported the mission of Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) for several years as a member, and by providing the TAT training video, incident report information, wallet card and truck decals to those owner operators and drivers who show interest.”
Mike and Bev Monahan, independent owner operators contracted with Dart Transit Company, spoke about their first-hand experience witnessing human trafficking. Bev recalled being shocked by the case of a young girl at a truck stop. “She couldn’t have been more than 14 or 15 years old,” she said.
Along with Senator Klobuchar and representatives from the Dart Network, speakers on behalf of Hennepin County in Minnesota, the Women’s Foundation of Minnesota, and the St. Cloud Police Department from St. Cloud, Minnesota, also spoke at the press conference affirming their commitment to addressing trafficking issues within Minnesota and beyond.
To learn more about Truckers Against Trafficking – an organization dedicated to educating, equipping, empowering, and mobilizing the trucking industry to fight human trafficking – you can visit their website.