January is designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to bring attention to the epidemic of human trafficking in this country. GA Department of Driver Services (DDS) has joined the fight against this growing crime by posting informational messages in licensing centers statewide.
DDS customers and Team Members are regularly viewing a public service announcement on statewide lobby digital message screens that includes the National Human Trafficking Resource Center’s hotline number, 1-888- 373-7888. The Agency serves hundreds of thousands of customers in person each month statewide.
DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore commented, “DDS is pleased to join existing groups like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Association (FMCSA) and Georgia’s Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force to help educate the public about this rapidly-growing crime.”
DDS will soon begin an education and outreach program backed by Federal funding. Commissioner Moore recently announced receipt of a grant award totaling $312,576 from the U.S. Department of Transportation, FMCSA, dedicated to improving safety on our Nation’s highways by combating human trafficking that involves commercial motor vehicles and personnel.
“This grant will enable DDS to establish a strong outreach program to help educate motorists how to recognize the signs of trafficking and ways to report suspected activity,” said Commissioner Moore.
DDS encourages all customers to download the new mobile app, DDS 2 GO, for many services including renewing, replacing and reinstating a driver’s license or ID.