Friday, January 5, 2024

Trafficking Prevention Month. Awareness to Action: Recognizing and Reporting Human Trafficking


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Show Your Support on January 11, #WearBlueDay
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January 2024

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This #WearBlueDay, Play a Role in Combating Human Trafficking

Wear blue on January 11 to raise awareness.

Human trafficking is a crime that affects millions around the world, including right here in the United States. For this reason, the White House has proclaimed January as National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Throughout January, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security�s (DHS) Center for Countering Human Trafficking�s (CCHT) Blue Campaign and its partners amplify the Biden-Harris Administration�s commitment to ending this terrible crime by protecting and empowering lived experience experts and prosecuting traffickers.

You can play a role by raising awareness of human trafficking and supporting victims and survivors. How? By getting involved in #WearBlueDay on Thursday, January 11, 2024. Participation is simple:

  1. Wear blue.
  2. Take a selfie, group photo, or video.
  3. Post it with the hashtag #WearBlueDay.

The best part about #WearBlueDay is that anyone can make a difference. Learn how, and stay tuned for Human Trafficking Prevention Month awareness resources, event information, and more by following Blue Campaign on social media (@DHSBlueCampaign on X, Facebook, and Instagram).

Human Trafficking Prevention Month Events

From Awareness to Action: Recognizing and Reporting Human Trafficking

During Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Blue Campaign invites you to attend a free webinar to learn how to best recognize and report potential cases of human trafficking. Attendees will hear from Blue Campaign leaders as they discuss what human trafficking is, indicators of potential human trafficking, common misconceptions, how traffickers operate, and available resources. The dates and times of the WebEx webinars are as follows:

We look forward to your attendance!

Continued Presence Webinar for Law Enforcement

On January 11, 2024, CCHT is offering a live webinar on the Continued Presence (CP) program for the law enforcement community. The webinar, which represents one installment of a quarterly series, will focus on the following:

  • Why and how requesting CP strengthens a human trafficking investigation.
  • How to prepare and submit a CP Request.
  • Recent improvements to the CP program.

Each installment will be identical. Click here to register. Once you fill out the Microsoft Teams webinar page form, you will receive a follow-up email containing instructions and a meeting link. If you have questions, please contact

Continued Presence is a temporary immigration designation provided to individuals identified by law enforcement as trafficking victims who may be potential witnesses. CP allows trafficking victims to lawfully remain in the U.S. temporarily and work during the investigation into the human trafficking-related crimes committed against them and during civil action under 18 U.S.C. � 1595 by the victims against their traffickers.

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)

Feature Article: Speedier Security Screening in the Palm of the Hand



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Though pat downs are currently an essential element of keeping travelers safe at the airport, it slows the screening process for people waiting in line and can be an uncomfortable experience for the passenger being screened. Reducing the need for pat downs may soon be easier, including for passengers with limited mobility, thanks to the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Screening at Speed Program

As threats to airport security have become increasingly sophisticated, S&T, alongside the Transportation Security Agency (TSA), is working to address emerging threats while also decreasing wait times. Screening at Speed, with funding and support from the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program is developing a handheld screening wand that could improve the checkpoint experience for countless passengers. SBIR enables the advancement of technologies through research, development, and innovation by making key investments in small businesses.

“We are happy to partner with the Screening at Speed program to advance checkpoint security capabilities,” said Dusty Lang, SBIR program director. “Screening at Speed’s successful track record with the SBIR Program is an excellent example of their smart, strategic program managers harnessing small business innovation and collaboration to yield the best research and development to meet TSA needs.”

Speedier Security Screening Hand Held Device

Millimeter wave handheld screening wand. Photo Credit: Spectral Labs.




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