This week the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) launched their Human Trafficking Blue Campaign. Below is information about it, how to obtain resources and how to partner with DHS as they continue to lead our nation and the world in human trafficking prevention, protection, prosecution and partnership.
“The battle against human trafficking is a shared responsibility involving the Department’s federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, governments around the world and communities across the nation,” said Secretary Napolitano. “With the Blue Campaign, we seek to shine a light on a crime that thrives in the shadows, bring traffickers to justice, and assist victims in communities across the nation.” READ MORE from the BFA BLOG.
Over 80% of human trafficking is sex trafficking and it's happening everywhere here in the United States. Research estimates that 100,000 - 300,000 domestic minors are being forced into prostitution yearly. 90% of youth runaways and throwaways within the 1st 48 hours will be lured into prostitution. A minor being prostituted or engaging in 'survival sex' is considered a "severe form of human trafficking." For the latest daily news on domestic sex trafficking see the BFA Home Page and become a fan on BFA's facebook fan page.
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From: "Carey, Ramona" <Ramona.Carey@dhs.gov>Date: July 29, 2010 1:45:24 PM EDTTo: "BlueCampaign" <Bluecampaign@dhs.gov>Subject: Thank YouDear Partner,
On behalf of Alice Hill, John Morton, Ali Mayorkas, Alan Bersin, and Ken Keene, we at the Department of Homeland Security would like to extend our sincere thanks to you for participating in the DHS Blue Campaign events last week. We were thrilled to launch the Blue Campaign with nearly 400 of you present – in person, via phone, and via live web stream.We'd love for you to stay involved. Please find below some suggested steps for you, your colleagues, and your organization.
1. STAY IN TOUCH WITH DHS. If you would like to stay updated on meetings, events, and DHS news on human trafficking,please email BlueCampaign@dhs.gov your 1) name, 2) organization, 3) title, 4) email, 5) phone, and 6) mailing address. (Multiple colleagues from the same organization can be on the list.)
2. REQUEST RESOURCES TO BE MAILED TO YOU. Pending supply, we'd be happy to send your organization some of the pamphlets, "shoe cards", and other resources that we displayed at the public launch. Please email BlueCampaign@dhs.gov your 1) name, 2) organization, 3) mailing address, 4) item(s), and 5) quantity.
3. VISIT DHS.GOV/HUMANTRAFFICKING, a one-stop shop for DHS resources to combat human trafficking. Take some time to browse through the resources we've listed for community organizations, law enforcement, victims, and the general public.
4. JOIN OurBorder, an online collaborative platform where you connect with colleagues and peer organizations in the fight against human trafficking, as well as with DHS officials who are working to address border issues you care about. To join, click “Sign Up” in the top right corner of http://ourborder.ning.com/
Separately, we will send notes from the stakeholder meeting that took place on July 22nd after the launch. DHS plans to convene another stakeholder meeting in November or December, 2010.
We thank you again for all that you do in this shared effort. Please feel free to forward this email to any of your colleagues working to combat human trafficking. And as always, please send over any thoughts or suggestions to me at Ramona.Carey@dhs.gov or BlueCampaign@dhs.gov (CC'ed).
Ramona CareySpecial Assistant to the Senior Counselor to the SecretaryOffice of the SecretaryDepartment of Homeland Security