January Blue Campaign Bulletin

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January 2018

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Power of Partners

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is here! The Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Blue Campaign needs your help encouraging communities to learn how to recognize and report human trafficking – we rely on individuals and organizations to help spread the word. Here are some ways to participate and examples of partners who were actively involved last year:

  • Promote content on Facebook and Twitter using the hashtags #BlueCampaign and #EndTrafficking. The Connecticut Department of Children and Families launched a photo challenge in 2017 to support #WearBlueDay –  flooding Twitter with photos of staff wearing blue clothing. You can do the same or create your own online challenge!  
  • Host an in-person or online event for your community and share free Blue Campaign resources. The DC Mayor’s Office teamed up with Blue Campaign on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day to host a panel discussion featuring local organizations, government representatives, and a human trafficking survivor.
  • Highlight Blue Campaign resources on your website, in newsletters, or other publications. Amtrak encouraged station staff, Amtrak police, and riders to be more aware of human trafficking by featuring Blue Campaign in its newsletter and running the Blue Campaign public service announcement (PSA) in train stations nationwide.
  • Join our efforts throughout the month, including #WearBlueDay, Thunderclap, and our Facebook Live panel discussion.


      What’s New with Blue?

      January 2017 Participation
      The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (left) participated in 2017’s #WearBlueDay, and DC Mayor’s Office (right) hosted a panel event with Blue Campaign.

      #WearBlueDay is Around the Corner!

      Do you have your favorite piece of blue clothing ready for #WearBlueDay on Thursday, January 11? Show your support by wearing blue and posting a photo of yourself, friends, family, and colleagues on social media with #WearBlueDay and #WeWearBlueBecause. Tell us why you wear blue and continue the conversation about how we can end trafficking.

      Join Us on Facebook Live: January 17

      Blue Campaign will hold a Facebook Live panel discussion on Wednesday, January 17 at 1PM EST to discuss how the private and public sectors are working to combat human trafficking. Panelists will be answering questions live from viewers like you! Help make this event a success by clicking “Going” on our Facebook events page and encourage your friends and colleagues to join!  

      Round of Applause

      Join us in sharing the top human trafficking indicators by pledging a social media post through Thunderclap, a platform that allows a single message to be mass-shared, flash mob-style on Facebook and Twitter. When you pledge your support to Blue Campaign on Thunderclap, our message will automatically post to your Facebook or Twitter page (or both – you choose!) on Wednesday, January 31 at 3PM EST.  Supporting is easy. You (and your friends, family, and colleagues) can sign up here.


      News You Can Use

      The International Air Transportation Association (IATA) urges #eyesopen in human trafficking campaign (AIN Online)

      The International Air Transport Association (IATA), Airports Council International (ACI), and other aviation industry partners will be launching a new human trafficking awareness campaign for all aviation employees. The training will be modeled after the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Blue Lightning Initiative.

      Colorado could soon officially make truckers a part of the fight against human trafficking (The Denver Post)

      On January 10th, Colorado will vote on a new bill that requires all commercial driver’s license candidates within the state to complete a human trafficking awareness course. The course would educate drivers on how to identify and report suspected human trafficking activities.

      New Mexico AG unveils new human trafficking initiative (KRQE News 3)

      The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office announced a partnership with the U.S. Department of Labor on a task force to tackle the exploitation of foreign nationals for sex and labor.


      Social Media Shareables

      Each month we will share Twitter and Facebook content you can distribute on your own channels to raise awareness of human trafficking in your communities.

      Twitter:

      • On Wednesday, January 11 we wear blue with @DHSBlueCampaign and you should too!  #WearBlueDay #WeWearBlueBecause
      • Interested in learning more about human trafficking? Tune in to Facebook Live on January 17 to hear how public and private sectors are working with the @DHSBlueCampaign to combat human trafficking. http://bit.ly/2AAukMP
      • This Human Trafficking Prevention Month, make a difference by signing up for @DHSBlueCampaign’s Thunderclap. Pledge a social media post to help raise awareness of human trafficking. http://bit.ly/2iYgVTq
      • Human trafficking may be happening around you. Always stay alert and remember to recognize the signs and report suspicious activity. Learn how at: http://bit.ly/2qjAzzN
      • Follow @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter to stay informed about Human Trafficking Prevention Month activities.

        Facebook:

        • This January, pledge to show your support by joining @BlueCampaign’s Thunderclap! This is a single message that will be mass-shared, flash mob-style on Facebook and Twitter. Sign up here for the message to automatically post to your account(s)! http://bit.ly/2iYgVTq
        • Follow @BlueCampaign on Twitter to stay informed about human trafficking awareness activities: http://bit.ly/2ADNdeB
        • It’s Human Trafficking Prevention Month! Don’t forget to join us and the @BlueCampaign by wearing blue on January 11 to pledge your support for fighting human trafficking.  Here’s how you can participate:
              1. Wear blue and share an image on social media with #WearBlueDay
              2. Tell us why you wore blue with #WeWearBlueBecause
              3. Share this post to spread the word
        • Join @BlueCampaign on Facebook Live on January 17 at 1PM EST to learn more about the efforts in both the public and private sectors to combat human trafficking. Panelists will participate in a Q&A. http://bit.ly/2AAukMP
        • This Human Trafficking Prevention Month, learn how to recognize and report human trafficking. http://bit.ly/2lRAa2T 


        For more information visit the Blue Campaign
        To report suspected human trafficking: 1-866-347-2423
        To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline: 1-888-373-7888
        or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)