Human Trafficking: a Crime and Human Rights Abuse
Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries around the world, including the United States. Human trafficking is a crime and a human rights abuse that is a form of modern day slavery. Specifically, human trafficking is the use of force, fraud or coercion to compel someone into labor servitude or commercial sexual exploitation. Every minor exploited for commercial sex is a victim of human trafficking, even without force, fraud, or coercion.
The Blue Campaign unites the work of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) components to combat human trafficking through a variety of efforts, such as enhanced public awareness, training, victim assistance, and law enforcement investigations.
Everyone has a role to play in combating human trafficking. The Blue Campaign created a variety of resources for its partners and stakeholders across government, law enforcement, first responders, prosecutors, judges, non-governmental organizations and the private sector to inform people of potential “red flags” or indicators of human trafficking. We encourage you to get involved in combating human trafficking by taking a few simple steps:
Provide input to the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States
DHS, together with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice, developed the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States.
This plan seeks to support the federal government’s ongoing efforts to combat = modern-day slavery and ensure that all victims of human trafficking in the United States have access to the tools and services they need. The plan strengthens collaboration across the Federal government, increases coordination with other stakeholder partners, and builds capacity to empower survivors.
Working together, we can take action to end human trafficking, by rescuing its victims, and bringing traffickers to justice. Learn more by checking out the draft Strategic Action Plan, and be sure to provide your input. The Strategic Action Plan will open for public comment for 45 days. We look forward to receiving your feedback.
Learn the indicators of human trafficking
Recognizing these signs of human trafficking is the first step to identifying a victim.
To learn more about this crime and how to identify victims and report suspected cases of human trafficking.
Educate others about the indicators of human trafficking
Conduct your own 5 minute general awareness Coffee Break Training on human trafficking among coworkers, community members, or friends. Simply discuss the material on the one-page sheet to raise awareness of the issue, victim indicators and how to report the crime.
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Report suspected human trafficking
To report suspected human trafficking activity or get help from federal law enforcement (available 24/7, in over 300 languages and dialects):
- Call1-866-347-2423 (toll-free)
- Call 1-802-872-6199 (non-toll free international)
- Report online at www.ice.gov/tips
Anonymous tips may be reported on the online form and may also be reported to ICE via the toll-free HSI Tip Line.
Call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 to get help or connect with a service provider in your area. The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization.
For more information, please contact the Blue Campaign at BlueCampaign@hq.dhs.gov.