The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced that they are forming an alliance with Western Union for the purpose of combating human trafficking. Western Union will work closely with the DHS Blue Campaign, which is the “unified voice for DHS’ efforts to combat human trafficking.” (Source)
Among other services, DHS provides immigration relief for foreign-born victims and is responsible for arresting traffickers and protecting victims. The Blue Campaign works in collaboration with various private and government agencies, as well as with law enforcement agencies to bring traffickers to justice and protect victims.
How will the alliance work?
- Western Union will provide DHS Blue Campaign’s multilingual training and awareness materials to select Western Union agents across the country
- Agents will be trained on how to report suspected cases of human trafficking
- Agents who work regularly with the public will be trained on how to identify potential victims
- Western Union will display DHS multilingual materials like the ones pictured below, as well as the “I Speak” language identification guide, at Western Union Agent locations throughout the country
From the press release on the DHS website:
“Today, we are pledging to do more to combat human trafficking by broadening our network of partners which will enable us to better identify and rescue victims of this inexcusable crime, and bring the perpetrators to justice,” said Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Rand Beers. “We’re grateful to have the participation of Western Union in this important effort, which will help save lives, protect innocent victims, and prevent this form of modern day slavery.”
The Western Union alliance is the most recent phase of alliances of DHS with agencies and organizations. In October, 2012, DHS partnered with the Department of Transportation and Amtrak to provide similar services.
Watch this video from the Blue Campaign: