Blue Campaign Video: Human Trafficking in Our Neighborhoods

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April 2019

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What’s New with Blue?

Human Trafficking Awareness Video: Neighborhood Watch
Human trafficking happens everywhere, including neighborhoods across the United States. Blue Campaign’s Neighborhood Watch public service announcement (PSA) depicts two neighbors witnessing a labor trafficking situation. The neighbors discuss the indicators they have observed and their plan to report the suspicious activity. Help us share this PSA and raise awareness of human trafficking by:

  • Playing it at events or on digital screens in offices.
  • Posting it on social media or in your organization’s newsletter.
  • Including it on your organization’s website.
  • Using it in human trafficking trainings.

View and download the PSA here.

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The “Neighborhood Watch” PSA shows a labor trafficking scenario taking place in an everyday neighborhood.

BLI Corner

To help end human trafficking, the U.S. Department of Transportation partnered with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Customs and Border Protection to create the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI).

BLI trains airline personnel to identify potential traffickers and human trafficking victims and report their suspicions to federal law enforcement. To date, BLI has trained more than 100,000 aviation industry personnel, and law enforcement continues to receive reports and tips.

BLI Training Resources
U.S. airline carriers are legislatively mandated to provide flight attendants, ticket counter staff, gate agents, and passenger-facing employees with initial and annual trainings on recognizing and responding to potential human trafficking victims. Many BLI partners also provide training to pilots, customer service representatives, and other employees. BLI’s interactive training serves as a ready-made solution for meeting these requirements.

To learn more about becoming a BLI partner and accessing its training tools, click here.

News You Can Use

Study: New Tool Better at Identifying Human Trafficking (Houston Chronicle)
A newly-developed questionnaire designed to identify victims of human trafficking works better than an already commonly used general screening tool deployed in health-care settings, according to a Houston-based study. The screening tool is part of an effort to better respond to the growing crisis of trafficking and to connect victims with services.

New Statewide Collaborative Aims to End Human Trafficking (PR Newswire)
The Missouri Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (MCAHT) will support groundbreaking research and develop an action plan aimed at eliminating Missouri's status as a top destination for labor and sex trafficking. Two leading experts on human trafficking in Missouri will spearhead the year-long research project.

Ohio Offers Funds to Remove Human Trafficking Marks (NBC4)
Ohio is offering grant money to help human trafficking victims remove tattoos or brands used to identify them as someone's property.

TxDOT launches 'On the Road to End Human Trafficking' Initiative (KVUE)
The Texas Department of Transportation and Office of the Governor launched the “On the Road to End Human Trafficking” initiative in March to raise awareness of the crime and increase public vigilance and reporting.

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.

  • #Humantrafficking is happening in our backyards. Learn the signs of labor trafficking in this video from @DHSBlueCampaign:
  • This video from @DHSBlueCampaign shows a labor trafficking scenario taking place in an everyday neighborhood. Watch and learn the signs:
  • #Humantrafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of labor or commercial sex act. Learn about this crime from @DHSBlueCampaign:
  • Recognizing key indicators of #humantrafficking is the first step in identifying victims. Learn common indicators from @DHSBlueCampaign:

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)