Michael “Mick” McKeown: February 21, 2018

COMBATTING MODERN HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign Focused on Educating the Public How to Recognize and Report Human Trafficking

MICHAEL “MICK” McKEOWN

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY’S BLUE CAMPAIGN

 

Human trafficking is a horrific crime that strips people of their basic rights. It uses use of force, fraud, or coercion to obtain some type of forced labor or commercial sex act. Human trafficking happens in every state in the U.S., in rural areas, major cities and suburbs. Human trafficking doesn’t discriminate.

Common indicators of human trafficking may include, lack of freedom of movement, avoiding eye contact and interaction with others, signs of malnourishment, poor hygiene, fatigue, sleep deprivation, untreated illness, injuries, and/or unusual behavior, loss of control over or possession of money or ID.  Each indicator alone may not necessarily mean a person is being trafficked.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign is a national awareness campaign to educate the public, law enforcement and other institutions on the severity of human trafficking in the United States, to increase understanding of the indicators and to appropriately recognize and respond to a possible cases.

On Wednesday, February 21st, Executive Director of the DHS Michael “Mick” McKeown is available to you and your listeners to discuss how the agency is committed to combatting human trafficking and will give tips on what the indicators are and what to do if you suspect something.

 

For more information please visit www.dhs.gov

 

If you suspect human trafficking, call the Homeland Security Investigations tip line at 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423) or the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 

MORE ABOUT MICHAEL “MICK” McKEOWN

As DHS Executive Director, Mr. McKeown oversees the HSAC and its 40 Council members as well as the ongoing policy work of the subcommittees. He also leads the Blue Campaign which heightens the public’s familiarity with human trafficking and its identifiers. Mr. McKeown also heads the “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign which raises public awareness on the indicators of terrorism and terrorism related crimes and how to recognize them.  Mr. McKeown graduated with a bachelor’s degree from Holy Family University and received his master’s degree in Political Management at George Washington University.

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