September Blue Campaign Bulletin

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September 2018

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Power of Partners

As students head back to school, many organizations and educational institutions are making human trafficking awareness part of staff training, educational programs, and online resources. Educators are in a unique position to spot potential indicators of human trafficking. Additionally, students can help by educating their peers about the crime and what it looks like.

Blue Campaign has worked with several higher-learning institutions, including Columbia University, University of North Carolina, and Middle Tennessee State University, to include our human trafficking resources on their websites and as part of campus events. We have also developed a toolkit that students can use to raise awareness about human trafficking on campuses. The student advocate toolkit includes explanations of the different types of trafficking, indicators of the crime, and awareness posters to display in common areas.

For more information on Blue Campaign and ways you can work with us, visit our website https://www.dhs.gov/blue-campaign.


What’s New with Blue?

Upcoming Event: Facebook Live on September 20th

Tune in to our Facebook page on Thursday, September 20 at 1 p.m. EDT for a live panel discussion about human trafficking and Native communities. Panelists from the Tribal Gaming Protection Network, National Indian Gaming Commission, and the National Center for Victims of Crime will discuss why it is important to reach Native communities with information about the crime and what their organizations are doing to combat it. Let us know you plan to join us by checking “going” on the Facebook Live event page: http://bit.ly/2wIzFNa.

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In Case You Missed It: Twitter Chats

We recently hosted two #AskBlue Twitter chats. One focused on labor trafficking and included Polaris, U.S. Department of Labor, and Ayuda. The other looked at human trafficking on college campuses and included the McCain Institute for International Leadership, All Walks Project at Arizona State University, Berkeley Anti-Trafficking Coalition at UC Berkeley, UNICEF at UVA, and the Institute for Sport and Social Justice. If you were not able to participate – check out the conversations and follow @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter so you don’t miss the next one!

View the full labor trafficking Twitter chat here and the human trafficking on college campuses chat here.

New Transportation Industry Toolkit Now Available

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Blue Campaign has a new toolkit for the transportation industry. It includes specific human trafficking indicators likely to be observed by aviation, rail, trucking, and maritime sector employees. Transportation organizations and companies can use the toolkit to educate staff to better recognize and report human trafficking. It can be downloaded here.


News You Can Use

'WI, We Need to Talk' Campaign Raises Awareness of Youth Sex Trafficking (WGBA)
The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families launched a new statewide campaign to raise awareness of human trafficking.

Hogan Announces Funds, Efforts to Address Human Trafficking (Washington Post)
Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed an executive order to crack down on human trafficking in the state. The order created a statewide anti-human trafficking director and the governor announced the allocation of $5 million to provide trafficking victims with support services.

Delaware Hospitals' Newest Diagnosis: Human Trafficking (Delaware Online)
Delaware hospitals are working together to create universal screening questions to help doctors and nurses better identify victims of human trafficking.

City Wants Hotels and Motels to Increase Reporting About Human Trafficking in Houston (Houston Public Media)
The City of Houston is working with local hotels and motels to increase reporting of human trafficking.


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. Remember to tag us on Facebook using @BlueCampaign and on Twitter with @DHSBlueCampaign.

Twitter:

  • ICYMI: @DHSBlueCampaign recently hosted an #AskBlue Twitter chat on labor trafficking. Check it out here: http://bit.ly/2Q9OHEE
  • Did you follow @DHSBlueCampaign’s Twitter chat about #humantrafficking on college campuses? See the full conversation here: http://bit.ly/2Q7aHA6
  • Tune in for @DHSBlueCampaign’s Facebook Live on September 20 at 1 p.m. EDT to learn more about combatting #humantrafficking in Native communities: http://bit.ly/2wIzFNa
  • @DHSBlueCampaign is hosting a Facebook Live on September 20 at 1 p.m. EDT. Check “going” to mark your calendar: http://bit.ly/2wIzFNa
  • @DHSBlueCampaign's #transportation toolkit is now available. Check out all the #humantrafficking awareness resources here: http://bit.ly/2MSzBpa
  • Do you work in the #transportation industry? @DHSBlueCampaign has a new #humantrafficking awareness toolkit for you. View it here: http://bit.ly/2QavSRW

    Facebook:

    • @BlueCampaign hosted an #AskBlue Twitter chat about labor trafficking. Check out the Twitter moment here: http://bit.ly/2Q9OHEE
    • Did you follow @BlueCampaign’s Twitter chat about human trafficking on college campuses? Head to Blue Campaign’s Twitter moment to see the full conversation: http://bit.ly/2Q7aHA6
    • @BlueCampaign is hosting a Facebook Live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. EDT about human trafficking and Native communities. RSVP on the event page: http://bit.ly/2wIzFNa
    • Why is it important to reach Native communities with information about human trafficking? Learn more by tuning in to @BlueCampaign’s Facebook Live on Sept. 20 at 1 p.m. EDT.: http://bit.ly/2wIzFNa
    • We use @BlueCampaign resources to raise awareness of human trafficking in our community. They are free and available to anyone. View, download, or order them here: http://bit.ly/2wPaQQG
    • The transportation industry plays a role in combating human trafficking. Learn how with @BlueCampaign’s new toolkit: http://bit.ly/2PGYFfW


    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)