World Day against trafficking per­sons


On July 30, the United Na­tions marked the first ever World Day Against Trafficking in Per­sons to raise aware­ness around the global is­sue of hu­man trafficking and to en­cour­age the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to take ac­tion against this heinous crime. Es­tab­lished four years ago, the Depart­ment of Home­land Se­cu­rity (DHS) Blue Cam­paign co­or­di­nates the Depart­ment’s on­go­ing ef­forts to work across our many mis­sions to com­bat hu­man trafficking. Fight­ing the hid­den crime of hu­man trafficking re­quires a col­lab­o­ra­tive ef­fort, and the Blue Cam­paign works with DHS com­po­nents to in­crease aware­ness, pro­tect and support vic­tims, in­ves­ti­gate trafficking cases, and as­sist in the pros­e­cu­tion of traf­fick­ers.

DHS con­tin­ues to fo­cus an un­prece­dented level of re­sources and en­gage­ment to com­bat hu­man trafficking through a vic­tim­cen­tered ap­proach. The Blue Cam­paign of­fers train­ing and ed­u­ca­tional re­sources, raises pub­lic aware­ness through a multi-for­mat me­dia cam­paign, and en­ters into di­verse part­ner­ships to carry the mes­sage for­ward, im­prove re­port­ing of hu­man trafficking, and as­sist our ef­forts to pro­tect vic­tims and bring traf­fick­ers to jus­tice.

To date, more than 1,50,000 in­di­vid­u­als – in­clud­ing gov­ern­ment em­ploy­ees, law en­force­ment per­son­nel, med­i­cal ser­vices providers, trans­porta­tion work­ers, pri­vate sec­tor em­ploy­ees, and many oth­ers – have been trained on the key in­di­ca­tors of hu­man trafficking.

The pub­lic aware­ness posters high­light ex­am­ples of forced la­bor, do­mes­tic servi­tude, and com­mer­cial sex trafficking – all types of hu­man trafficking. They can be found at 325 truck stops na­tion­wide and on dis­play in 14 ma­jor air­ports as well as the fa­cil­i­ties of part­ners such as Am­trak and Western Union.

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