In 2010, Secretary Napolitano launched the Blue Campaign - a first-of-its-kind initiative to coordinate and enhance the Department's anti-human trafficking efforts. The components of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) combat human trafficking through a variety of programs, and the Blue Campaign coordinates and unites this work.
Resources for the Public
Training: The Blue Campaign created training for many audiences including the public, law enforcement, airline personnel, the U.S. Government acquisition workforce, DHS personnel, and domestic and foreign partners. The trainings are available at www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking.
Informational Videos and Materials: The Blue Campaign created wallet-sized indicator cards, indicator pamphlets, indicator posters, a brochure about Continued Presence, brochures and fact sheets with immigration relief information for victims, a pamphlet targeted toward the faith-based community, and videos to help educate first responders and the general public about human trafficking. These materials are available electronically at www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking and in hard copy (where applicable) via a request form on the web site.
Public Awareness Campaigns: The Blue Campaign created several public awareness campaigns, including a video played on the CNN Airport Network in airports across the country, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) campaign to help the public identify victims called Hidden in Plain Sight, and a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) campaign to inform migrants of the dangers of human trafficking.
Victim Assistance And Perpetrator Justice: The Blue Campaign helped coordinate the Department’s efforts to enhance the ability to serve victims by assigning victim specialists to ICE Special Agent in Charge offices across the country, increasing the number of ICE forensic interviewers, increasing U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) victim confidentiality provisions, and creating CBP victim-centered materials. ICE continues to prioritize the investigation of human trafficking cases. In fiscal year 2011, ICE initiated more than 700 human trafficking investigations, which resulted in more than 930 arrests, 400 indictments, and 270 convictions.
Partnerships And Collaboration: The Blue Campaign developed a toolkit for the private sector and distributed it to tens of thousands of employers, including those in the lodging, transportation, entertainment, agricultural, manufacturing, and construction industries. The Blue Campaign continues to engage with stakeholders in biannual public meetings.