This Month: Blue Campaign Social Media Events

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July 2019

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What’s New with Blue?

Join us Live on Facebook

Over the next few weeks, Blue Campaign and Polaris will host a four-part Facebook Live series to help the public identify suspected trafficking and accurately report the crime to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The scheduled topics include:

  • July 10th: What happens when a community member, victim, or survivor contacts the Hotline.
  • July 17th: Common types and indicators of sex trafficking in the United States (U.S.).
  • July 24th: Common types and indicators of labor trafficking in the U.S.
  • July 30th: Stories of human trafficking survivors who were helped by the Hotline.

For more information about the Facebook Live series, visit our event page and click “going.” You can also follow us @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for event updates.

Stories from the #VoicesofTrafficking

Throughout July, Blue Campaign will use #VoicesofTrafficking on our social media channels to highlight personal accounts of individuals and organizations working to combat human trafficking.

Follow #VoicesofTrafficking and @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to read their stories.

BLI Corner

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

BLI trains airline personnel on how 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 from them.

BLI Announces New Partnership

BLI recently announced a new partnership with the world’s largest airline pilot union, the Air Line Pilots Association International (ALPA), to fight human trafficking in the U.S. Because flight crew members are responsible for the operation of tens of thousands of flights across North America, they are uniquely positioned to identify and report signs of human trafficking to law enforcement. Through the BLI interactive training module, ALPA pilots can access the resources they need to help combat human trafficking and bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

Click here to learn more about this partnership.

News You Can Use

One in Three Homeless Young Adults in Arizona Has Been Trafficked, ASU Study Finds (AZ Central)
Of 179 homeless youths surveyed by an Arizona State University study in July 2018, one in three reported experiencing sex or labor trafficking and about a quarter reported experiencing both.

MGM Resorts International Strengthens Global Commitment to Anti-Human Trafficking Efforts (Hospitality Net)
After years of independent anti-human trafficking activity, MGM Resorts has signed the Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct spearheaded by EPACT, formerly End Child Prostitution and Trafficking, a worldwide network of organizations working to end the sexual exploitation of children.

Social Media Shareables

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

  • #VoicesofTrafficking is highlighting people who are working to combat #humantrafficking in the U.S. Follow the hashtag and @DHSBlueCampaign to read all the stories.
  • This month, @DHSBlueCampaign is highlighting stories from people working to raise awareness of and fight #humantrafficking. Follow #VoicesofTrafficking to read the stories.
  • July 10th at 1 p.m. EDT, @DHSBlueCampaign and @Polaris_Project will discuss what happens when you call the National #HumanTrafficking Hotline. Learn how you can watch the live stream:
  • Get more info on the common types of sex trafficking in the U.S. Tune into @DHSBlueCampaign’s Facebook Live with @Polaris_Project on 7/17 at 1 p.m. EDT. Get the details:
  • Learn the indicators and common types of labor trafficking during @DHSBlueCampaign’s Facebook Live with @Polaris_Project on 7/24 at 1 p.m. EDT. For specifics on how to watch the live stream:
  • Hear National #HumanTrafficking Hotline success stories from @Polaris_Project during @DHSBlueCampaign’s Facebook Live on July 30th at 1 p.m. EDT. Get the details:

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)