Apr 26, 2021
IACLEA is proud to announce its partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign, designed to assist IACLEA members with training and resources to combat human trafficking.
Human trafficking involves the use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain labor or commercial sex. Victims can be of any age, race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, or socioeconomic background. Every year, millions of men, women, and children are trafficked in countries throughout the world, including the U.S.
Human trafficking is a “hidden crime” in that victims rarely come forward to seek help because of language barriers, fear of traffickers, and fear of the criminal justice system.
The Blue Campaign and IACLEA partnership support ongoing educational programming on combatting human trafficking. IACLEA has previously engaged in the development of Blue Campaign materials for campus police and public safety, which provide a basic overview of human trafficking awareness, the different types of human trafficking, as well as methods to avert victimization and to prevent human trafficking crimes from occurring.
The Blue Campaign also provides resources for university and college students, to raise student awareness and understanding of human trafficking, and to recognize signs of trafficking and instances where it occurs. As a formal partner, IACLEA will continue to play a role in the review and creation of Blue Campaign resources and assist in their distribution to college and university campuses.
“IACLEA’s partnership with Blue Campaign will assist greatly in raising awareness of human trafficking and in educating students and our campus communities,” said John Bernhards, IACLEA Executive Director. “Education and the sharing of knowledge are a central focus for all campus public safety agencies and support the core mission of higher education. We thank the Blue Campaign for its leadership and its many fellow partners who have joined together to combat human trafficking. We are pleased to share the resources and information made possible by the Blue Campaign with our member public safety agencies, and our campus communities.”
“DHS is proud to partner with IACLEA to address human trafficking that occurs on our nation’s college campuses. Through close collaboration over the last year, IACLEA and Blue Campaign have created a Recognition and Response Guide and an indicator card for campus law enforcement and public safety officials. Through this vital partnership, we have the opportunity to reach IACLEA’s more than 4,200 members representing 1,000+ institutions of higher education.” - Trent Frazier, Executive Director of the DHS Office of Campaigns and Academic Engagement.
Located within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Partnership and Engagement, Blue Campaign leverages partnerships with the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs), law enforcement, and state/local authorities to maximize national public engagement in anti-human trafficking efforts. Blue Campaign’s educational awareness objectives consist of two foundational elements: prevention of human trafficking and protection of exploited persons.