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Gender-Based Violence Resources

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) general resources, information on publicly available training, and law enforcement resources.


DHS has published pamphlets and flyers that define what GBV is, who is affected, and how and where to seek help if you or someone you know is experiencing GBV. These materials are available in English, Arabic, Bengali, Chinese (Traditional), French, Hindi, Portuguese, Russian, Somali, Spanish, and Urdu.

The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign designed to educate the public, law enforcement, and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking and respond appropriately to possible cases. The Blue Campaign works closely with DHS components to develop general awareness trainings, as well as specific educational resources to reduce victimization within vulnerable populations.

The DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) is a DHS-wide initiative to advance law enforcement operations that counter human trafficking, protect victims, and enhance prevention efforts by aligning the capabilities and expertise of various DHS components. 

The Victim Assistance Program (VAP) was established in Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to help victims identified in HSI criminal investigations in accordance with federal law. Using a victim-centered, trauma-informed, and culturally sensitive approach, VAP personnel help victims identified in a wide range of federal crimes investigated by HSI. The VAP’s mission includes giving these victims information and referrals for services, which can empower them and help them participate in the criminal justice process.

Publicly Available Training

DHS and the Department of Justice offer numerous trainings for a wide range of audiences on GBV and other victim-related issues.

The Office for Victim of Crimes (OVC) Training and Technical Assistance Center offers resources, including web-based trainings, toolkits, e-guides, and webinars, to help victim service providers, first responders, community organizations, and allied professionals build their capacity to serve crime victims.

Law Enforcement

These guides provide law enforcement officials with information about U and T visa requirements, law enforcement roles and responsibilities, and answers to frequently asked questions.

Continued presence is a temporary immigration designation provided to non-citizens identified by law enforcement as victims of a “severe form of trafficking in persons” who may be potential witnesses. 

This guide provides an overview of continued presence with guidance for law enforcement officials and civil attorneys on preparing and submitting requests for continued presence.

The FLETC Human Trafficking Awareness Training is open to federal, state, local, tribal, and military law enforcement officers or agents, or others sponsored by a law enforcement agency. It covers indicators of human trafficking that law enforcement officials and the private sector may observe in industries known for human trafficking, as well as an overview of federal statutes and applicable state law. FLETC is also developing a Sexual Assault Investigations Program for law enforcement agents and support personnel.


DHS does not endorse the services of any particular organization.

Last Updated: 11/28/2023
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