February 8, 2017 - Murfreesboro, TN On Wednesday, February 8, 2017, Truck Driver Institute’s (TDI) corporate office located outside of Nashville in Christiana, Tennessee announced the Class A CDL Training School’s partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT). The vocational school is authorized by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission and is now including TAT training as part of its truck driver training.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) is a non-profit organization that exists to educate, equip, empower and mobilize the trucking industry to fight human trafficking. Truckers have now made 1534 calls to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, resulting in 471 potential cases, involving 1033 victims. According to TAT’s website: “The Industry Training Program is TAT’s core program that drives the biggest impact by training hundreds of thousands of industry members about the realities of domestic sex trafficking and how the trucking industry can combat it. By speaking all over the country, utilizing a robust social media program, and via our industry-specific materials, TAT partners with trucking schools, the carriers themselves, the truck stop industry, as well as manufacturers and state and national trucking associations in order to spread the word. TAT training has resulted in a significant increase of reports of possible trafficking to the national hotline from truck drivers, which has resulted in victim recoveries and the arrest of criminals.”
When asked about Truck Driver Institute’s (TDI) decision to incorporate TAT training into the school’s CDL program curriculum Jennifer Woodfin, Student Services Coordinator for the corporate office and school explained, “We are launching TAT training at all of TDI’s 12 campuses in which our students receive TAT training on how to spot the signs of human trafficking and call the human trafficking hotline, provided on a wallet card upon completion of training. The arrests in Memphis on the 1st of this month in response to human trafficking and the arrests of 41 by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation in Nashville this past August just confirms how close to home this unthinkable crime is to our community and state. 50 state trucking associations have pledged to support TAT to raise awareness about the issues of human trafficking. By incorporating TAT training materials into our Class A CDL training we are arming our graduates with the knowledge needed to potentially free a human life from this type of exploitation. I believe we are the first CDL training facility in TN to add this to our training. Truck Driver Institute has been in business for 44 years and we know the value of knowledge and not only put safety first but are proud to empower our graduates to become Heroes of the Highway to combat this horrible crime.”
Truck Driver Institute (TDI) is an adult vocational school that trains individuals and couples to get their Class A Commercial Drivers Licenses (CDL) and provides ongoing job placement with the institute's more than 20+ carrier partners.
Founded in 1973 by U.S. Army veteran Thomas Gast, the school has grown to twelve campuses located in eight states. TDI is the largest Class A CDL School East of the Rockies not owned by a trucking company.
Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) was initially founded as a ministry initiative in 2009 and became a 501c3 in 2011. TAT’s mission is to educate, equip, empower, and mobilize members of the trucking and travel plaza industry to combat domestic sex trafficking. Yet, TAT is more than an organization. Through the power of network leadership, TAT is a vibrant community across trucking and law enforcement of “truckers against trafficking” who are innovating, advocating, and partnering to end domestic sex trafficking.