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For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today announced a new partnership between the DHS Blue Campaign - the unified voice for DHS’s efforts to combat human trafficking - and the Virginia Office of the Attorney General to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Blue Campaign Chair Maria Odom, who signed the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on behalf of the Department of Homeland Security, said “The Blue Campaign is honored to work alongside the Virginia Office of the Attorney General. Partnerships like this are important to our efforts to combat human trafficking in the United States and in our communities, because no one fights human trafficking alone.”
Through this partnership, the Virginia Office of the Attorney General will provide Blue Campaign training and awareness materials throughout the Commonwealth to raise public consciousness of human trafficking. These materials will help individuals and communities recognize indicators of human trafficking as well as provide information on how to report suspected cases.
In addition, the Attorney General’s Office will host joint trainings throughout the Commonwealth for law enforcement, school administrators, Child Protective Services (CPS) employees, and the general public on recognizing the signs of human trafficking.
“I think this partnership with DHS and the Blue Campaign is going to take our efforts to the next level. This collaboration is going to allow us to provide even more sophisticated and powerful tools and resources to not only law enforcement, but community members around Virginia who want to get engaged in the fight,” said Attorney General Mark Herring.
The Blue Campaign works in partnership with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice. In the last year, the Blue Campaign also established partnerships with the South Carolina Office of the Attorney General and the District of Columbia Office of Human Rights.
For more information, visit /blue-campaign.