The Blue Campaign has developed awareness and training materials to help increase awareness and educate on the indicators of human trafficking.
On Oct. 16, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a partnership with Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Houston Airport System (HAS) Director Mario Diaz, forging an outreach campaign to combat human trafficking through Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI) program.
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On June 12, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign announced a new partnership with the world’s largest airline pilot union, the Air Line Pilots Association, Int’l (ALPA), along with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to fight human trafficking through the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI). Through an interactive training module, ALPA pilots can access the resources needed to help protect the basic right of freedom and bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
The Blue Lightning Initiative is an element of the DHS Blue Campaign, led by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and DHS Component Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). The BLI trains airline personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims, and to report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, more than 100,000 personnel in the aviation industry have been trained through the BLI, and actionable tips continue to be reported to law enforcement.
Read how Blue Campaign and the federal government are working to support victims of human trafficking.
On November 27, 2018, the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign hosted a Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI) Stakeholder Summit in Washington, DC, to further its effort to combat human trafficking in the aviation industry. The BLI is an element of the Blue Campaign, led by the Department of Transportation (DOT) and DHS Component Agency, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
On December 7, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new industry partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign – the unified voice for DHS’s efforts to combat human trafficking – and United Airlines.
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is recognized each year on January 11th. In recognition of this important day and throughout the month of January, Blue Campaign hosts several special events and educational activities.
Secretary Nielsen delivered a keynote address at the National Sheriffs’ Association’s Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana on June 18th, 2018. During her remarks, she reiterated DHS’ commitment to partnering with the National Sheriffs’ Association in countering transnational criminal organizations, illegal immigration, human trafficking, and the opioid crisis.