February Blue Campaign Bulletin

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February 2019

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What’s New with Blue?

Upcoming Event: Facebook Live on Feb. 27

Tune into our Facebook page on February 27, 2019 at 1PM EST to hear from Polaris and Homeland Security Investigations about what happens when you report human trafficking. Viewers will gain a deeper understanding of what to expect when calling the National Human Trafficking Hotline, how tips are investigated through federal law enforcement, and how victims are supported during the process. Check “going” on the Facebook Live event page to let us know you plan to tune in.

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Thank You From Blue Campaign

Thank you to everyone who participated in #WearBlueDay and other Human Trafficking Prevention Month activities. Throughout January individuals and organizations took action to raise awareness about human trafficking in their communities, and that was just the beginning of our work for the year.

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Human trafficking happens everywhere: in our cities, suburbs, and rural communities. Victims can be found in plain sight but often do not seek help due to fear of law enforcement or their traffickers. Because of this, it is critical that the public can recognize potential victims and report suspected trafficking.

Blue Campaign’s free resources can help raise awareness of this crime, teach individuals how to recognize and report it, and help victims self-identify. You can share these resources on websites and social media, post them in community spaces, or incorporate them into presentations and trainings. Some Blue Campaign resources include:

Blue Campaign’s toolkits can help community and industry members learn the indicators of human trafficking and how to report the crime. There are currently four toolkits with customized content for the hospitality industry, transportation industry, colleges and universities, and faith communities. You can view them here.

Indicator Card
Blue Campaign’s indicator card explains the difference between trafficking and smuggling, lists common indicators of the crime, and provides information on how to report it. The card is available in 19 languages and is small enough to fit in a wallet. You can view it here.

Blue Campaign has several posters depicting the widespread impact of human trafficking and reinforcing that victims can be any age, gender, or race. You can help raise awareness of this crime and reach victims by sharing our posters online or displaying them in your office or community. Check out our posters here.

View and order additional Blue Campaign resources here!

News You Can Use

Remarks by President Trump in Signing Ceremony for S. 1862, the “Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act” (White House)
Read President Trump’s statement from an anti-trafficking bill signing ceremony. 

Human trafficking is a global epidemic. And we can all help fight it. (CNN)
This Op-Ed by Jane Mosbacher Morris, former Director of Humanitarian Action for the McCain Institute, looks at how consumers may be contributing to human trafficking.

UPS, Delta, and Walmart share tactics for combating human trafficking (Supply Chain Dive)
Executives from UPS, Delta, and Walmart recently spoke at an event hosted by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce about steps they're taking to eliminate human trafficking and forced labor along their supply chain.

Social Media Shareables

Blue Campaign can now be tagged on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram using @DHSBlueCampaign. Each month we will share content you can distribute on your own social channels to raise awareness of human trafficking in your communities.

  • Did you know @DHSBlueCampaign has free #humantrafficking resources? Check out what is available and join the fight to #endtrafficking: http://bit.ly/2GdK6Q5 
  • Victims of #humantrafficking are forced to work against their will for little to no pay. Learn more about the indicators of #humantrafficking: http://bit.ly/2UOP1KK 
  • #Humantrafficking happens throughout the United States – in cities, suburbs, and rural areas. Share @DHSBlueCampaign’s resources to help reach victims: http://bit.ly/2GdK6Q5 

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)