Protecting Youth from Online Exploitation

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May 2021

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Help Protect the Youth in Your Life

Whether you are a teacher, a volunteer with a youth program, or have a young person in your life that you care about, you can play an important role to help keep them safe online. This May and June, we’ll be sharing information on social media about what online child exploitation can look like, how to report it, and how to proactively talk to the children and teenagers in your life about protecting themselves online.

Make sure you are following us on social media (@DHSBlueCampaign on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram) for regular tips and resources about how to prevent child exploitation. We will be sharing Blue Campaign, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, A21, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s iGuardians program resources for adults and youth.

Help protect the youth in your life from online exploitation.

BLI Corner

BLI Partners with Sacramento International Airport

The Blue Lightning Initiative (BLI) recently added to its growing list of aviation partners, specifically airport systems, through its new agreement with Sacramento International Airport. The program will provide airport employees with the tools to identify potential human trafficking victims and notify federal authorities using virtual trainings and printed educational materials.

In 2018, then California Governor Jerry Brown signed AB 2034. This bill requires transit agencies like bus and light rail stations to provide human trafficking training to their employees, who may interact with traffickers and/or their victims. Although the bill does not apply to airport agencies, Sacramento International Airport now has more access to training opportunities.

To date, BLI has trained more than 100,000 personnel in the aviation industry who continue to report actionable tips to law enforcement. Learn more about the program and how to join BLI.

Social Media Shareables

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

  • Online child #exploitation might include enticement of children for sexual acts, explicit photos of a child that are created and shared online, or child sex trafficking. Learn how to protect the youth in your life with @DHSBlueCampaign. #onlinesafety
  • An exploitative online relationship can turn into #humantrafficking, so it is important for parents, #teachers, and other adults with youth in their lives to be aware of indicators. Learn more with @DHSBlueCampaign "How to Talk to Youth About Trafficking" guide:
  • Are you following @DHSBlueCampaign? They are a great resource for learning more about #humantrafficking and how to report it.

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Recent News

Biden Administration Begins This Week to Reunite Families Separated Under the Prior Administration
Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas and the Family Reunification Task Force announced last week, the Biden Administration will begin to reunite families who were unjustly separated at the United States-Mexico border under the prior administration.

CISA Announces Transfer of the .gov Top-Level Domain from U.S. General Services Administration
The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is announced that starting April 27, CISA has taken over management of the .gov top-level domain, a milestone required within 120 days of enactment of the DOTGOV Act of 2020.

Unaccompanied Children Daily Report (as of May 6, 2021)

On May 7, DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following report to provide an update on the status of unaccompanied children. The data represents a joint preliminary daily tally.

May 6th Data

  • Unaccompanied children apprehended and placed into U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) custody*: 333
  • Children in CBP custody: 631
  • Children transferred out of CBP custody: 465
  • Children in HHS care: 21,563
  • Children discharged from HHS care: 775

30-Day Average Data

  • Unaccompanied children apprehended and placed into CBP custody*: 416
  • Children in CBP custody: 1,941
  • Children transferred out of CBP custody: 576

*This number does not include children from Mexico, most of whom will be repatriated and will not remain in CBP custody.

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)