January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign educates the public, law enforcement and other industry partners on indicators of human trafficking and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. First responders are in a great position to spot the signs of human trafficking.
Blue Campaign hosts several special events and educational activities throughout January. This weekend is the Blue Campaign's largest initiative:
#WearBlueDay on Jan. 11.
To raise awareness, wear blue clothing, take a photo and share on social media — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram — along with the
#WearBlueDay hashtag. Anyone can participate!
Follow the campaign on Twitter @DHSBlueCampaign for more information on
#WearBlueDay and National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
Awareness training for first responders
The U.S. Fire Administration produced an awareness video to educate fire and EMS personnel. Reporting indicators of trafficking is the first step to getting someone out of a horrible situation. It could even save their life.
The Blue Campaign offers law enforcement, fire and EMS personnel free training and information on how to identify and report possible victims of human trafficking. There is a victim identification handout available in multiple languages.