January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month (HTPM), where we highlight the work being done across the private and public sector to shed light on this horrific crime that affects millions of people across the globe, including right here in the United States. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign invites you to help raise awareness of human trafficking on this day by participating in one of its largest awareness initiatives, #WearBlueDay.
Participating is simple, just follow these easy steps: Wear something blue — the international color of human trafficking awareness — then take a photo and post it on social media using the hashtag #WearBlueDay.
3 Ways to Get Involved in #WearBlueDay on January 11, 2023
Anyone can participate in #WearBlueDay. Below are a few ideas to help you get started:
- Take a selfie. Snap a selfie with your phone, then post the photo on your preferred social media channel. Don’t forget to include the hashtag #WearBlueDay.
- Enlist others for a group pic. If you’re looking to make a bigger statement, get your colleagues, friends, family members, and community to join. You can even challenge others in your circle to see who can enlist the most people to participate.
- Record a video. Shoot a quick video while wearing blue as you explain yours. Get the conversation started by sharing the video across your social media accounts and inspire others to do the same.
Wearing blue on January 11, 2023 is proof that a little gesture can go a long way. Do your part this #WearBlueDay to support human trafficking lived experience experts and empower your community to learn more about identifying and reporting this heinous crime.
How Blue Campaign is #TacklingTrafficking Through January and Beyond
You can help keep the conversation going, even after #WearBlueDay has passed. From January 12 through the end of the month, Blue Campaign compiles the government’s anti-human trafficking resources using the hashtag #TacklingTrafficking. Make sure you are following @DHSBlueCampaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram where we share new resources and training programs daily. Materials are tailored toward youth advocate leaders, law enforcement employees, convenience retail workers, faith-based communities, hospitality employees, aviation and transportation employees, and the general public.
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 how to appropriately respond to possible cases.
To learn more about the Blue Campaign, including how to become a registered partner, visit: dhs.gov/blue-campaign.