MEDIA ADVISORY: Hotel Industry Convenes Virtual Anti-Trafficking Summit Ahead of Super Bowl LV

Contact: Maura Morton


FRLA Joins Attorney General Moody, Florida Lawmakers, National Organizations and Local Partners at AHLA Foundation’s No Room for Trafficking Event

TAMPA – To mark Human Trafficking Awareness Day, on Monday, January 11, hotel industry officials, lawmakers, local partners, and leading experts are joining forces ahead of Super Bowl LV to rally against human trafficking.

The American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation), in partnership with the Florida Restaurant & Lodging Association (FRLA), is welcoming Attorney General Ashley Moody, state lawmakers, local hoteliers and human trafficking prevention organizations It’s a Penalty and A21 to expand on nationwide efforts to combat human trafficking and unveil a new campaign.

Despite travel to the Super Bowl being limited in 2021, events such as the Super Bowl can create opportunities for instances of human trafficking. The hotel industry is tackling this by raising awareness through the No Room for Trafficking Program and support of National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The event will take place at The Hilton Downtown in Tampa, and in-person attendance will be limited, in accordance with local and state guidance, and the hotel industry’s Safe Stay Guidelines. The event will also be streamed virtually on the official It’s a Penalty YouTube page and will feature a virtual human trafficking training.

Each year, thousands of hotel employees are trained on how to identify and stop trafficking. With the launch of the AHLA Foundation’s No Room for Trafficking program, the hotel industry builds on its strong record by convening the entire industry around the goal of training every hotel worker.

The event will be streamed on the “It’s a Penalty Campaign” YouTube page. Watch Live Here at 10:00 am EST.


AHLA President & CEO Chip Rogers

Attorney General Ashley Moody

FRLA President & CEO Carol Dover

Commissioner Kimberly Overman, Hillsborough County

Corporal Alan Wilkett, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, Commander, Pasco County Human Trafficking Task Force

Dr. Heather Curry

Dr. Kat Rosenblatt, Survivor

John Parkinson, Area Vice President, Hilton

Josh Miller, U.S. Director of Partnerships, It’s a Penalty Campaign

Mollie Thorsen, U.S. Director of Advocacy, A21

Sarah de Carvalho, CEO, It’s a Penalty Campaign


Monday, January 11, 2021 at 10:00AM ET


The Hilton Downtown

Bayshore Ballroom

211 North Tampa Street

Tampa, FL 33602


Maura Morton


Availability for in-person press attendance is limited.

 AHLA CEO Chip Rogers will be available for scheduled, virtual post-event interviews upon request.

 FRLA CEO Carol Dover will be available for interviews onsite immediately following the event.