Homeland Security

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is a federal executive department that is responsible for protecting the country from terrorism and other threats to national security. The DHS was established in 2002 in response to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The DHS is headed by the secretary of homeland security, who is appointed by the president and confirmed by the Senate.

DHS is composed of a number of different agencies, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). The DHS is responsible for a wide range of activities, including border security, disaster response, and cyber security.

Human trafficking victim recounts horrors of life at the mercy of criminals | Fox News
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Human trafficking victim recounts horrors of life at the mercy of criminals | Fox News

EAGLE PASS, Texas – Karla Jacinto estimates she has been raped more than 40,000 times. A victim of human trafficking, she was forced to have sex between 30 and 40 times per day from the ages of 12 to 16 years old. “It was always [an] apology after a beating, after the massacre on the…

13 Human Trafficking Arrests Made In Contra Costa County
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13 Human Trafficking Arrests Made In Contra Costa County

CONTRA COSTA COUNTY, CA — Thirteen arrests were made by partners working in collaboration with the Contra Costa Human Trafficking Task Force during a weeklong statewide effort to recover survivors of human trafficking and apprehend their exploiters, the District Attorney’s Office announced Friday. As a part of “Operation Reclaim and Rebuild,” task force partners conducted…

Health care workers should look for signs of human trafficking, Michigan doctor says
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Health care workers should look for signs of human trafficking, Michigan doctor says

Nearly 88% of human trafficking survivors report accessing health care services during their trafficking situation, according to a nonprofit advocacy group known as the Polaris Project. That statistic could be surprising. However, it’s appropriate – if not a slight underestimate – once people start to understand what trafficking looks like, explained Dr. Jamie Hope, an…

Combating human trafficking in aviation – AOPA
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Combating human trafficking in aviation – AOPA

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security hosted aviation industry professionals on January 26 for the Combating Human Trafficking in Aviation Summit with the Blue Lightning Initiative, an element of the Blue Campaign—a DHS push to promote public, law enforcement, and industry awareness about indicators of human trafficking and appropriate responses when encountering it. The Blue…

Debunking human trafficking myths and misconceptions
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Debunking human trafficking myths and misconceptions

January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In recognition of this, Attorney General Josh Kaul and the Wisconsin Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force (WAHTTF) are debunking myths about human trafficking, to help increase awareness of the problem. “Human trafficking impacts communities across the state and country, and it’s important for people to know the facts,” said…

US Department of Homeland Security shares ways to spot, report human trafficking – WCNC
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US Department of Homeland Security shares ways to spot, report human trafficking – WCNC

This National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, law enforcement and advocates are shining a light on the signs of trafficking and how to report it. CHARLOTTE, N.C. — January is National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, a time dedicated to shining a spotlight on the prevalence of this problem in the United States. Present Age Ministries shared…

DHS Helped 765 Human Trafficking Victims in 2022, Made Thousands of Trafficking Arrests
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DHS Helped 765 Human Trafficking Victims in 2022, Made Thousands of Trafficking Arrests

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released the second Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) Annual Report, outlining the Department’s achievements in combatting human trafficking during the previous fiscal year (FY). As a global leader in the fight against human trafficking, DHS works to end sex trafficking and forced labor through a wide range of…

Federal government investigating possible human trafficking of children who cleaned slaughterhouses
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Federal government investigating possible human trafficking of children who cleaned slaughterhouses

Federal investigators are looking into whether 50 children — some as young as 13 — who were allegedly illegally employed cleaning Midwestern slaughterhouses were victims of labor trafficking, three officials from the Department of Homeland Security told NBC News. Homeland Security Investigations agents have interviewed children who worked cleaning a JBS Foods slaughterhouse in Grand…

Victim's Mother Shares Horrific Ordeal of Human Trafficking – NBC Boston
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Victim's Mother Shares Horrific Ordeal of Human Trafficking – NBC Boston

A teenager said she was drugged, sexually assaulted and trafficked after meeting a stranger on social media.  She’s one of the thousands of victims targeted across the country each year with cases happening behind closed doors in cities and small towns. The NBC10 Investigators spoke with the mother of the teen who survived this horrific…

U.S. Transportation Secretary Highlights Department's Work to Combat Human Trafficking
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Highlights Department's Work to Combat Human Trafficking

The U.S. Department of Transportation is marking National Human Trafficking Prevention Month by taking several actions to raise awareness about human trafficking and how to recognize and prevent this terrible crime. The Department said January 27 that combating human trafficking in the transportation sector is a top priority. “Every year, human traffickers seek to use…