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DHS Launches Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking

janet_napolitano_homeland_security-4876Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano yesterday launched the “Blue Campaign”—a DHS-wide initiative to combat human trafficking through public awareness, victim-assistance programs, and law-enforcement training and efforts.

“The battle against human trafficking is a shared responsibility involving the department’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, nonprofit and nongovernmental organizations, governments around the world and communities across the nation,” Napolitano said. “With the Blue Campaign, we seek to shine a light on a crime that thrives in the shadows, bring traffickers to justice, and assist victims in communities across the nation.”

The campaign was officially launched yesterday by Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton, Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Deputy Director Ken Keene, and Alice Hill, senior counselor to Napolitano—highlighting the collaborative effort to prevent human trafficking, assist victims and hold traffickers accountable.

To help citizens learn to identify and properly report indicators of human trafficking, DHS is launching social media tools, multilingual public-awareness campaigns, and a new website with information on the initiative. The campaign also features new training initiatives for law enforcement and DHS personnel and improved victim-assistance efforts.

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