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Jan 17, 2024

Free webinar to help fight human trafficking offered by TABC and Texas Restaurant Association

AUSTIN — The Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission and the Texas Restaurant Association are conducting a free webinar on Jan. 18 to educate people working in the alcoholic beverage industry on the warning signs of human trafficking and how to report it.

The joint webinar is part of both groups’ efforts to commemorate Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The annual observance, announced by Gov. Greg Abbott on Jan. 3, is intended to raise awareness of human trafficking while empowering Texans to report suspected crime. TABC has a statutory directive to prevent criminal activity at TABC-licensed locations, and human trafficking is among the many crimes the agency works to stop.

The webinar will help business owners and their employees identify the signs of human trafficking and report concerning activity to law enforcement, according to TABC Executive Director Thomas Graham.

“Our best tool to fight human trafficking is the eyes and ears of all Texans,” Graham said. “TABC is proud to work with our partners in the Texas Restaurant Association and the alcoholic beverage industry to help make a safer Texas for all.”

TABC and the TRA have a long history of partnering to promote public safety through webinars, in-person training and other initiatives.

“Human trafficking is a preventable crime that occurs throughout Texas,” said Emily Williams Knight, Ed.D., TRA president and CEO. “We’re proud to work hand-in-hand with TABC to empower our industry so we can lead in the effort to stop this human trafficking in Texas.”

The free online webinar begins at 2 p.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 18. Participants can register at https://bit.ly/3SaiaQX. Industry members can also request a recording of the webinar by emailing Erica Valdriz at evaldriz@txrestaurant.org.

For information on the Texas Restaurant Association, visit txrestaurant.org. For more information on TABC, visit tabc.texas.gov.

MEDIA CONTACT for TABC: Chris Porter

TABC Director of Communications

(512) 206-3462 – media@tabc.texas.gov      

MEDIA CONTACT for Texas Restaurant Association: ECPR Texas

Nico Ramsey, (512) 516-0302

Camryn Lees, (262) 490-9380    

TRA@ecprtexas.com