Craft Beer Guild Distributing of NY Joins Nationwide Fight Against Human Trafficking in Upstate NY


New Paltz, NY – Today, Craft Beer Guild Distributing of NY (Craft NY) partnered with the National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) for an awareness training to educate employees on recognizing and reporting the warning signs of human trafficking. Craft NY’s efforts are part of a nationwide campaign to help combat human trafficking in communities across the United States.

“As a local business, Craft NY is always looking for ways to make a difference in the diverse communities we service,” said Kim Rejniak, GM. “Sadly, every community is vulnerable to the horrors of human trafficking, and upstate NY is no exception. The hardworking men and women of Craft NY, who visit hundreds of licensed retail locations each week, are now prepared to be an extra set of eyes and ears on the ground in the fight against human trafficking.

Beer distributors collectively visit more than 640,000 retail establishments across the country, including bars, restaurants, hotels, convenience stores, package stores, sports arenas and grocery stores. They are uniquely positioned to combat this heinous crime given their access to locations at accounts often unseen by the public.

To help distributors understand human trafficking, identify the signs, and respond if they suspect this heinous crime is happening, NBWA partnered with Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, and Executive Director of Street Grace Camila Zolfaghari to produce an awareness training video.   

All of Craft NY’s employees participated in the awareness training session, which included a viewing of the video. Craft NY’s employees were also equipped with contact information to alert authorities if they spot suspicious behaviors and tip cards containing red flag behaviors to carry with them as the visit accounts.

Human trafficking continues to be a major issue in New York. According to a recent study, 2,921 instances of human trafficking have been reported in New York since 2007.