Blue Campaign Launch: A U.S. Commitment To Combating Modern Slavery

Posted by DipNote Bloggers
July 23, 2010

To report a case of human trafficking, call: 1-888-373-7888.

The Obama Administration is committed to a "whole of government" approach to combating modern slavery. As part of this approach, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security is launching the Blue Campaign, an effort to raise awareness and fuel actions against modern slavery. The campaign name references the global anti-human trafficking symbols the "Blue Heart" and the "Blue Blindfold," as well as the "thin blue line" of law enforcement.

Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "The battle against human trafficking is a shared responsibility involving the Department's federal, state, local and tribal law enforcement partners, non-profit and non-governmental organizations, governments around the world and communities across the nation. With the Blue Campaign, we seek to shine a light on a crime that thrives in the shadows, bring traffickers to justice, and assist victims in communities across the nation."

Through the Blue Campaign, you can call 1-888-373-7888 to report a situation of modern slavery. For more information about modern slavery, please visit www.state.gov/g/tip/ or www.dhs.gov/humantrafficking.

Click here to read the Blue Campaign fact sheet.

Press Release: Secretary Napolitano Launches First-Of-Its-Kind Campaign to Combat Human Trafficking

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Eric
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New Mexico, USA
July 23, 2010

Eric in New Mexico writes:

Well, if I were to recruit "eyes and ears" to combat this, I'd pay the street kids to keep lookout.

It'll help keep them fed and hopefully they too will find a place to call home. But that's mostly their decision.

Thing is, you have to go to them, where they hang out...

and when you do, don't be wearing a suit.

As it preferably be be outreach by those who know homelessness inside-out themselves.

You network your taxpayer dollar off and you'll put a big dent in this problem.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 23, 2010

O.C. in U.S.A. writes:

I'm glad this is finally getting a lot of attention especially now since some employees in DOD are being investigated. This is really a scourge. Women and girls suffer so much at the hands of men who subjugate and use women and children. Time to clean out the swamp in Washington because America can't raise the banner of hope, freedom and justice while simultaneously exploiting its weakest citizens. This is abominable.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 23, 2010

O.C. in USA writes:

In efforts to curtail human trafficking, more emphasis needs to be placed on who is coming in and leaving our country. I hate to think of all the criminals that have gotten away because of inadequate face recognition systems, passport, visa control. Alot could be improved on these ends like real, not fake training for TSA on passport, visa verification. There should be critical oversight of these agencies. Where can improvements be made? where are the gaps? I recently was at LAX and a woman was trying to get her mother to deliver a letter in Iran. There was no visible security present. I told the Emirates staff who did nothing, I told TSA luggage handlers who did nothing, I called 911 who called airport security who did nothing. This is the kind of stupididty that continues at these agencies. No agency should be free from scrutiny if our goal is to protect our Homeland from both people who already reside here or people trying to leave. Everyone should be scrutinized and everything should be checked with a fine tooth comb. This is the level of attention to detail we need in these agencies. Interpol recently caught several traffickers by advertizing on the internet. Well Duhhhhhhhhh! Why has it taken so long to use this type of free advertising? If the government can't get the job done then get help from Americans who can get the job done. But the agencies can't be stupid about it.

Christine W.
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Florida, USA
July 23, 2010

Christine W. in Florida writes:

Slaver was wrong then and is wrong now, I agree that everyone should be treated as equal.

Ron
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New York, USA
July 23, 2010

Ron in New York writes:

Human Trafficking: Supply and Demand

How did we get from drugs to arms to human trafficking? Globalized Privatization....Humans as Commodity....oldest trade (humans for sale for sex)....

End the supply by taking down all traffickers regardless of product (Drugs, arms,organs,flora, fauna...) jail these people...take their assets....fund alternatives for the targeted; so they can lead decent lives.....Also: sting the buyers and put them away.....get busy.

OysterCracker
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United States
July 26, 2010

O.C. in the U.S.A. writes:

State Department should exert more pressure and effort on law enforcement to find and arrest criminals and foreign fugitives who are living the good life in California unless they've already moved on. These people are living a carefree life because their is no intense advertizing for them. Their faces should be displayed constantly on t.v. and google until they're caught. They have the best resources available to them and they don't use them. I wonder why? Does America protect certain mafia criminals? There are or were two Swiss Interpol fugitives living in Los Angeles. Why is there no massive advertising campaign to catch them? If you make a concerted effort to find these people you will and the American public will help if you actually want to catch them.

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