The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center for Countering Human Trafficking (CCHT) oversees the DHS mission to combat human trafficking and the importation of goods produced with forced labor. By co-locating and augmenting existing DHS functions in a single, state-of-the-art center, it provides a “whole of government” approach to combating these crimes and will allow U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) to continue to lead the way in an integrated, victim-centered approach to the investigation of human trafficking. HSI has long been a leader in the global fight against transnational human trafficking organizations, using the full breadth of their criminal, immigration and trade-based authorities to proactively identify, disrupt and dismantle cross-border human trafficking organizations and minimize the risk they pose to the national security and public safety of the U.S.
Officially stood-up Sept. 8, 2020, with a core group of HSI experts in human trafficking and forced labor, the CCHT will be staffed with personnel from 16 DHS components and headquarters offices, including special agents, victim support specialists, intelligence research specialists and other experts focused on disrupting and dismantling human trafficking organizations and providing support and protection to their victims.
Reporting suspected human trafficking can help minimize or stop further victimization, as well as lead to the identification and rescue of other possible victims. To report suspicious activity, contact your local law enforcement agency. Tips can be submitted online at ice.gov/tipline, by phone at 866-DHS-2-ICE or by contacting your local HSI office.
For more information about the Department of Homeland Security’s overall efforts against human trafficking, visit dhs.gov/blue-campaign.