Eliza McCoy, a human trafficking expert, will join the American Hotel & Lodging Foundation (AHLA Foundation) as Vice President of Awareness and Prevention Programs. In this newly formed role, McCoy will build on the firm’s ‘No Room for Trafficking’ initiative to guarantee that every hotel employee is taught to recognize and fight trafficking.
McCoy has over 15 years of experience as a non-profit executive with skills in law enforcement, program-centered fundraising, communication, and development. McCoy formerly worked as an executive director of the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, where she oversaw the organization’s transformation of outreach, training, and preventive initiatives.
“I’m thrilled to have Eliza join us at this critical time in our industry as travel begins to resume and anti-trafficking training of our employees is more important than ever,” said Rosanna Maietta, president, and CEO of the AHLA Foundation. “Eliza’s depth of experience will set us up for the next phase of our efforts to grow our training and member resources as well as build a support network for survivors through the creation of a fund and network of support.”
McCoy will be instrumental in strengthening and growing the No Room for Trafficking Program, a nationwide program that draws on the industry’s continuous commitment and action to eradicate human trafficking. In addition, McCoy will spearhead an initiative to establish a survivor’s fund for victims of human trafficking. The fund is intended to offer survivors long-term support and economic stability while also increasing training and education to combat human trafficking in the lodging business.