- FBI Violent Crimes Against Children/Online Predators
The mission of the FBI's Violent Crimes Against Children program is threefold: first, to decrease the vulnerability of children to sexual exploitation; second, to develop a nationwide capacity to provide a rapid, effective, and measured investigative response to crimes against children; and third, to enhance the capabilities of state and local law enforcement investigators through programs, investigative assistance, and task force operations.
- FBI - Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force (VCACITF)
The Violent Crimes Against Children International Task Force (VCACITF) is a select cadre of international law enforcement experts working together to formulate and deliver a dynamic global response to crimes against children through the establishment and furtherance of strategic partnerships, the aggressive engagement of relevant law enforcement, and the extensive use of liaison, operational support, and coordination.
- FBI - Operation Cross Country
Operation Cross Country, the FBI’s annual law enforcement action focuses on recovering underage victims of prostitution and drawing the public’s attention to the problem of sex trafficking at home and abroad.
Now in its 10th (2016) iteration, Operation Cross Country has expanded to become an international enforcement action, with Canada, Cambodia, the Philippines, and Thailand joining the FBI and its local, state, and federal law enforcement partners—along with the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children.
- Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States 2013-2017
In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the Obama Administration reaffirmed the American values of freedom and equality by asking federal agencies to develop a plan to strengthen services for victims of human trafficking.
Coordination, Collaboration, Capacity, the Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013-2017 (the Plan) embraces these principles and builds on the progress that our Nation has made in combating human trafficking and modern day forms of slavery through government action, as well as partnerships with allied professionals and concerned citizens.
See the full report.
- US Department of Health and Human Services - Administration for Children & Families
The Administration for Children & Families , a division of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities with funding, strategic partnerships, guidance, training and technical assistance.
Includes End Trafficking, The Rescue and Restore Campaign, The Family Room Blog, and more.
- US Department of Homeland Security - Blue Campaign
The Blue Campaign is the unified voice for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) efforts to combat human trafficking. Working in collaboration with law enforcement, government, non-governmental and private organizations, the Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.
- US Department of Homeland Security - Human Trafficking: A Global Problem
Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes that ICE investigates. In its worst manifestation, human trafficking is akin to modern-day slavery. Victims pay to be illegally transported into the United States only to find themselves in the thrall of traffickers. They are forced into prostitution, involuntary labor and other forms of servitude to repay debts – often incurred during entry into the United States. In certain cases, the victims are mere children.
ICE is serious about ending human trafficking.
ICE relies on tips from the public to dismantle these organizations. ICE encourages you to keep your eyes and ears open to suspicious activity. Trafficking victims are often hidden in plain sight, voiceless and scared.
- US Department of Homeland Security - Human Trafficking
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is responsible for investigating human trafficking, arresting traffickers and protecting victims. DHS initiates hundreds of investigations and makes numerous arrests every year, using a victim-centered approach.
DHS also processes immigration relief through Continued Presence (CP), T visas, and U visas to victims of human trafficking and other designated crimes.
- US Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection - Blue Lightning
Blue Lightning Initiative, led by the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Transportation, is an element of the DHS Blue Campaign.
To alert authorities about suspect trafficking, airline employees can follow their airline's in-flight reporting protocol or call the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations Tip Line.
- US Department of Homeland Security - Blue Campaign -Document Library
Join the fight to end human trafficking by raising awareness of this heinous crime in your community. We have a wide variety of human trafficking awareness materials to help educate the public to watch out for signs and indicators of trafficking and report suspected trafficking to law enforcement.
Find information sheets, posters, card, toolkits and more.
- US Department of Justice - Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force Initiative
The United States is generally a destination for trafficking victims who are recruited in their home countries and transported through other countries. But movement is not required for human trafficking to occur. Many U.S. citizens are trafficked, usually run-away teenage girls, who are preyed upon by pimps and trafficked for prostitution.
The Department of Justice has included investigating human trafficking among its top priorities.
- US Department of Justice Project Safe Childhood
"Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims."
- US Department of Justice Rights of Child Victims
Protecting the rights and welfare of children remains one of the highest priorities for the United States Department of Justice. Exploitation of a child, in any form, may have serve and traumatic physical and emotional effects on that child.
Recognizing this reality, the Department of Justice strives to use the resources and tools available to protect children subjected to the legal system.
Statute 18 U.S.C § 3509 provides federal prosecutors with various tools that can be used to lessen the potential harm occasioned a child when having to relive traumatic events:
Alternatives to Courtroom Testimony
Protecting the Identity of Child Victims/Witnesses, and
Use of Multi-Disciplinary Child Abuse Teams
- U.S. Department of Labor - Child Labor, Forced Labor & Human Trafficking
The Bureau of International Labor Affairs leads the U.S. Department of Labor's efforts to ensure that workers around the world are treated fairly and are able to share in the benefits of the global economy. ILAB's mission is to improve global working conditions, raise living standards, protect workers' ability to exercise their rights, and address the workplace exploitation of children and other vulnerable populations.
Our efforts help to ensure a fair playing field for American workers and contribute to stronger export markets for goods made in the United States.
- US Department of State Trafficking in Persons Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports: find reports from 2001 to the present.
The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. It is also the world’s most comprehensive resource of governmental anti-human trafficking efforts and reflects the U.S. Government’s commitment to global leadership on this key human rights and law enforcement issue.
It represents an updated, global look at the nature and scope of trafficking in persons and the broad range of government actions to confront and eliminate it.