Posted by Public Affairs
On Wednesday, Secretary Napolitano met with anti-human trafficking NGOs and victim service leaders to discuss DHS’s progress in combating human trafficking.
This event marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Blue Campaign—a first-of-its-kind, DHS-wide initiative to fight human trafficking through improved public awareness, victim assistance programs, and law enforcement training and initiatives.
Secretary Napolitano joined Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, US Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, Customs and Border Protection Deputy Commissioner David Aguilar, and Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Director Connie Patrick and Senior Counselor Alice Hill to highlight the important work of NGOs committed to ending human trafficking by providing vital services to victims and supporting them as they integrate into their communities.
Secretary Napolitano discussed the Department’s progress over the past year educating the public about indicators of human trafficking through initiatives such as CBP’s recent expansion of the “Don’t be Fooled” campaign—which uses public service announcements to educate and increase awareness for human trafficking in communities across the United States – and highlighted the training videos created by DHS’ Office for Civil Rights and Civil Liberties and FLETC to provide DHS personnel with tools to identify the signs of human trafficking and respond appropriately.
During the meeting, DHS officials and anti-human trafficking NGOs and victim service leaders discussed collaboration between federal, state and local law enforcement officers, as well as opportunities to continue to educate and raise awareness for human trafficking.
Learn more about our campaign to combat human trafficking and join the Blue Campaign on Facebook.