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DHS ‘Blue Campaign,’ North Dakota Public Health Group Announce Partnership to Combat Human Smuggling

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced a new partnership between its Blue Campaign—the unified voice for DHS’s efforts to combat  human trafficking—and the North Dakota Public Health Association.

“The Department of Homeland Security is fiercely committed to combating human trafficking in North Dakota and along our Nation’s northern border,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. “The health care community has an important role to play in this fight, and we look forward to working alongside the North Dakota Public Health Association to identify victims of this terrible crime and bring their traffickers to justice.”

“Through this partnership,” DHS said in its announcement, “the North Dakota Public Health Association will provide the Blue Campaign’s training and awareness materials throughout North Dakota healthcare facilities to raise public consciousness of human trafficking. Blue Campaign tools and resources – including posters, indicator cards, and training videos specific to the health care industry — will help health care providers identify and recognize indicators of human trafficking in health care settings, as well as provide potential victims with information on how to seek support and to report suspected cases of human trafficking.”

DHS said, “The partnership will help North Dakota combat the growing problem of human trafficking that is spreading acrossthe state, particularly in the oil-rich Bakken region and in Indian Country.”

“The goal is to get the materials into local hospitals and work with tribal communities where there’s a disproportionate amount of members who are a part of the human trafficking ring in North Dakota,” said North Dakota Public Health Association Executive Director Maylynn Warne. “There’s a large number of American Indian women affected so we want to be able to reach out to those communities and offer resources.”

Earlier this year, DHS announced the expansion of the DHS Blue Campaign’s public awareness efforts to major airports, truck stops and motorist gas stations across the country to better enable Americans to recognize and report potential instances of human trafficking.

In June, DHS, the Department of Justice and Department of Labor also announced Phase II of the Anti-Trafficking Coordination Team Initiative, a strategic plan to develop high-impact federal investigations and prosecutions of suspected human traffickers.

DHS’s Blue Campaign works in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.

For more information, visit www.dhs.gov/bluecampaign.

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