Human Trafficking

DHS Combats Human Trafficking, Recovers Thousands

DHS Combats Human Trafficking, Recovers Thousands

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) intensified its efforts in Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to combat human trafficking through expanded training and education initiatives. More than 275,000 individuals, including aviation and transportation personnel, law enforcement partners, and nonprofit organizations, were trained to recognize human trafficking indicators and take decisive action.

The DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) played a pivotal role, conducting 135 training and outreach events for DHS personnel and law enforcement, while the Blue Campaign nearly doubled its national partnerships, hosting 194 public awareness trainings with over 19,000 participants. These efforts led to the arrest of 2,610 individuals for human trafficking-related offenses, the assistance of 731 victims, and significant progress in investigations and convictions.

 

 

“Human trafficking is more than a violation of law; the exploitation of vulnerable people is also a violation of our basic humanity,” said Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “We are bringing the full weight of our Department’s resources to bear in our fight against this heinous crime, rescuing victims and holding perpetrators accountable. The work of our Center for Countering Human Trafficking brings all of us in the Department together with our partners in communities across the country and the world to achieve this critical mission.”

 

 

In FY2023, DHS agencies demonstrated tangible impact in combating human trafficking. The Blue Campaign conducted extensive trainings, reaching over 19,000 individuals and facilitating the training of over 260,000 aviation personnel through partnerships.

Additionally, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) initiated 1,282 criminal investigations, resulting in 2,610 arrests, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection intercepted 256 shipments suspected of using forced labor. Moreover, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services granted legal status to thousands of trafficking victims and their family members, while the U.S. Secret Service expanded its Ambassadors for the Childhood Smart program, reaching over 43,900 individuals with personal and internet safety presentations.

Through concerted efforts under the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the department remains committed to combating human trafficking through robust law enforcement, victim support, intelligence, and public awareness initiatives.

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