For Immediate Release
DHS Press Office
LOS ANGELES – 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 six law enforcement, first responder and public safety agencies in Los Angeles to raise awareness about human trafficking.
“Human trafficking is a heinous crime that tragically occurs in this city and in cities and towns throughout the world,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas. “Thanks to the dedication of federal, local law enforcement and civic officials, and with the vision and support of Mayor Eric Garcetti, we have built a unique, inclusive partnership in Los Angeles that serves as a model for the Nation in the critical fight against this crime."
Today’s partnership includes the Los Angeles Police Department, Los Angeles Fire Department, Los Angeles Airport Police, Los Angeles Port Police, Los Angeles Department of Housing Investment and Community Development, and the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. This marks the first time the Blue Campaign is partnering with six government agencies in one city.
The Blue Campaign will expand the reach of its message to the second most-populous city in the United States. The new law enforcement partners are on the front lines of the fight against human trafficking and reach countless people every day in a multitude of ways.
These Los Angeles agencies will provide Blue Campaign training and awareness materials throughout the metropolitan area 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.
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 https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign.