October 20, 2021, marked the first anniversary of the creation of the Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Countering Human Trafficking. The center is taking a holistic, victim-centered approach to counter these crimes.
Taking a proactive approach to examining potential risks and liabilities within the supply chain in regards to human rights violations, human trafficking or other abuses, can not only save a company from financial or legal liabilities, but also help it avoid irreversible reputational damage.
The nonprofit National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) will provide focused training on missing and exploited children, correct reporting, and signs of trafficking to more than 100,000 security officers.
The Port of Palm Beach implemented human trafficking prevention training for its employees. The training focuses on teaching employees how to identify human trafficking victims and how to get them help.
U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Acting Secretary Chad Wolf announced Tuesday the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking, the U.S. government’s first-ever integrated law enforcement operations center directly supporting federal criminal investigations, victim assistance efforts, intelligence analysis, and outreach and training activities related to human trafficking and forced labor.
The Human Trafficking Institute rolled out the 2019 State Summaries, which provide an overview of federal human trafficking cases in all 50 states, the five U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia. While the number of forced labor cases has remained steady for a few years, the number of criminal sex trafficking cases as a nation has trended down since 2017.
Governor Larry Hogan announced the addition of law enforcement agencies to the Maryland Criminal Intelligence Network, a criminal justice strategy that encourages local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies to collaborate and share information to target, disrupt, and dismantle gangs, as well as criminal organizations involved in drug, firearm, and human trafficking operations.
United States Attorney for Western District of Pennsylvania, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Pittsburgh, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Pittsburgh announced the creation of a new anti-human trafficking coalition, Operation T.E.N. (Trafficking Ends Now), comprised of federal, state and local law enforcement agencies as well as non-governmental organizations.