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January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

Alejandro Mayorkas

Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas announces through Presidential Proclamation of 2011 that January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention month. While many view slavery and forced labor as a thing of the past, the trafficking of people for labor, sex, and servitude still persists in the United States as well as all over the world.

In an effort to end Human Trafficking, the Department of Homeland Security has coordinated their efforts through the Blue Campaign. The Blue Campaign combines the efforts of law enforcement, government, non-governmental, and private organizations to protect the basic rights of freedom for human beings.

For the full announcement, please visit the Department of Homeland Security's webiste.

Human Trafficking Fast Facts:

  • The International Labor Organization estimates there are 14.2 million people trapped in forced labor in industries like constuction, agriculture, manufacturing, and domestic work.
  • Enslaved domestic workers can be found in any neighborhood. A neighbor or friend may be the only option he or she has to escape.
  • Sex and labor trafficking exists in many diverse venues in our society. These include truck stops, strip clubs, fake massage parlors, restaurants, online escort services, city streets, and hotels.
  • Traffickers will prey on vulnerable populations, inlcuding children, emotionally and psychologically vulnerable individuals, and individuals with intellectual and physical disabilities.

In order to increase awareness about Human Trafficking, CDCI's Executive Director, Susan Ryan, is teaching a course through UVM's Social Work Department. For more information on this course, please check out our flyer.