What Happens When You Report Human Trafficking?

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August 2019

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What’s New with Blue?

In Case You Missed It: Blue Campaign Facebook Live Series

Blue Campaign and Polaris hosted a four-part Facebook Live series last month to discuss how the public can help identify suspected trafficking and accurately report the crime to the National Human Trafficking Hotline. The series covered:

Watch and share all the videos to raise awareness about human trafficking and how to recognize and report it. You can also follow us @DHSBlueCampaign on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to receive updates about future events.

Stories from the #VoicesofTrafficking

Did you read the #VoicesofTrafficking stories on social media last month? Blue Campaign shared more than 30 stories of survivors and individuals from nonprofits and the private and government sectors, all working to combat human trafficking in the United States. You can read all their stories on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @DHSBlueCampaign. Share these posts to continue to raise awareness of the efforts happening across the country to address this crime.

On behalf of Blue Campaign to all who submitted stories, thank you for sharing your experiences and for your work to combat human trafficking.

BLI Corner

Partner Updates

The Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line is crucial in the fight against human trafficking and is an important partner for the Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI).

Individuals across the world can report suspicious criminal activity to the ICE HSI Tip Line 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Highly trained Tip Line specialists take human trafficking tips from both law enforcement and the public, to include the aviation industry. On average, there are 50 aviation-related human trafficking tips reported to the ICE HSI Tip Line per year. Out of those tips, roughly 82 percent are generated from BLI Partners.

BLI recently added five new aviation partners, bringing the total number to 25. BLI continues to partner with airlines, associations, and aviation industry organizations to further combat human trafficking. If your organization is interested in learning more or working with BLI, please reach out to Bluecampaign@hq.dhs.gov and trafficking@dot.gov.

News You Can Use

Tattoo Artists Learning to Identify Human Trafficking, Offer Resources (NET Nebraska)
In Nebraska, where the National Human Trafficking Hotline identified nearly 300 human trafficking victims between 2012 and 2017, tattoo artists are joining the fight against this crime. Because traffickers commonly force women to be tattooed with a bar code, dollar sign, or the trafficker’s street name, tattoo parlors are one of just a few places where victims may be noticed.

Speaking Out: The first Human Trafficking Handbook for Airports Launches (Airport Technology)
To assist airports in the fight against human trafficking, the Airport Council International (ACI) has launched its first Combatting Human Trafficking Handbook. The new manual draws on the experiences of affected airports and gives guidance on how to act.

Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative Before Super Bowl in Miami (AP News)
Florida officials are partnering with the ridesharing service Uber to help stop human trafficking ahead of next year’s Super Bowl in Miami.

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.

  • Last month, @DHSBlueCampaign shared stories from people working to combat #humantrafficking using #VoicesofTrafficking. Read the stories on social media at @DHSBlueCampaign.
  • ICYMI: @DHSBlueCampaign went live with @Polaris_Project to discuss what happens when you call the National #HumanTrafficking Hotline. Watch the video here: http://bit.ly/2YBRn5e
  • Learn more about the common types and indicators of sex trafficking in the U.S. by watching this video featuring @DHSBlueCampaign and @Polaris_Project: http://bit.ly/2Yx9AAT
  • Do you know the common indicators of labor trafficking? Learn more in this video from @DHSBlueCampaign and @Polaris_Project: http://bit.ly/2JSWmWU
  • @DHSBlueCampaign and @Polaris_Project went live to share National #HumanTrafficking Hotline success stories. Watch here: http://bit.ly/2Yj66CF
  • Join the fight to end #humantrafficking by sharing free @DHSBlueCampaign resources in your community. Find them here: http://bit.ly/2MtqF8m

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)