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Blue Campaign Expands Partnerships Ahead of Super Bowl 50

What is Human Trafficking?  Human trafficking is modern-day slavery and involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion.  Human trafficking is different from human smuggling.  Who are the Victims? Who is at Risk?  Trafficking victims can be any age, race, gender, or nationality.The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today is excited to announce two new partnerships between the DHS Blue Campaign, the unified voice for the Department’s efforts to combat human trafficking, and the California Hotel & Lodging Association (CH&LA) and the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission (SJRRC) Altamont Corridor Express (ACE).

Ombudsman’s Fifth Annual Conference: Government and Stakeholders Working Together to Improve Immigration Services

Earlier this month, the Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman hosted its fifth annual conference at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Our conference is a unique open forum where government and stakeholders engage in robust dialogue about current immigration benefits issues.  We welcomed more than 300 attendees from across the country to share their experiences and gather insights from government representatives, while hundreds more joined the conference via livestream.

2015 Fifth Annual Conference

The Office of the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman Fifth Annual Conference will be held on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

Continuing to Combat Violence Against Women: Sharing Resources Across the Department

Every day, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plays a role in combating domestic violence and sexual assault, and seeks to be a productive partner in working to prevent violence against women. In conjunction with National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month, today the DHS Council on Combating Violence Against Women released a comprehensive DHS Resource Guide which provides summaries and links to programs, initiatives, training materials, and services that can be leveraged by communities across the country to combat these types of heinous crimes.

Engaging Education Stakeholders to Raise Awareness of Human Trafficking

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Blue Campaign, the unified voice for the Department’s efforts to combat human trafficking, held its semi-annual stakeholder engagement alongside the Department of Education. The event brought together federal agencies, non-governmental organizations, schools, and private industry partners to raise awareness of human trafficking in middle schools, high schools, and colleges, and to identify opportunities for collaboration in our shared anti-human trafficking efforts.

Ending Human Trafficking Through Partnerships

As Chair of the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign—the unified voice for DHS’ efforts to combat human trafficking— I have seen first-hand the value of working together to fight this heinous form of modern-day slavery, and prevent future victims from falling into harm’s way. DHS components work every day to end human trafficking, but we cannot do this alone. Close collaboration with other federal, state, local, private sector and community partners across the United States are key to our fight against human trafficking as they better widen our network to identify and rescue victims of this crime and bring the perpetrators to justice.

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