Non-Profit Foundation Creates Safe Havens for Young Global Travelers

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The Alyson Ilene Kaplan Memorial Foundation has announced the creation of the Global Safe Haven Network of safe locations that provides education, support, and protection for young domestic and international travelers.

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The Alyson Ilene Kaplan Memorial Foundation has announced the creation of the Global Safe Haven Network. Founded by the parents of a 20-year-old college student who was stranded in London and later murdered, the AIK Foundation is developing a global network of safe haven locations comprised of easily identifiable, global corporations, such as hotel and restaurant chains, where young travelers can go should they find themselves in distress.

At these safe havens, they will have access to the Global Safe Haven emergency hotline, which will provide them with immediate crisis information regarding medical issues, transportation failure, separation from travel groups or partners, emergency funds, and other safe shelters.

Through the strategic alliance with the travel risk management organization iJET, the AIK Foundation can provide both free and membership-based services available to all young travelers and their parents. The comprehensive website allows the creation of a personalized webpage. Once the traveler logs in their itinerary, they will receive updated daily alerts that could pertain to their safety, as well as the locations of Global Safe Havens specific to the region in which they are traveling.

For more information on the Global Safe Haven Network and the Alyson Ilene Kaplan Memorial Foundation, visit

About AIK Foundation

The Alyson Ilene Kaplan Memorial Foundation, established in February 2003, is the product of personal tragedy. Alyson, a 20-year-old college student, was stranded in London when her travel plans were interrupted by a storm. Lost in an unfamiliar environment, she sought aid from someone she met at a train station, who would later murder her. Her parents, Donald and Joanne Kaplan, are dedicated to reducing the risks for young travelers through education to ensure safe travel, support for travelers, and protection in case of emergencies. It is in this purpose that they created the Global Safe Haven Network.

About iJET

iJET is a global intelligence and risk management company whose sole mission is the health, safety, and productivity of international travelers. iJET’s Travel Intelligence information service is the global standard for actionable intelligence and country risk assessment reporting, and the iJET 24/7 Crisis Response Center is staffed with seasoned professionals ready to provide assistance to a traveler in need.

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