HSI is a leader in the global fight against human trafficking. The mission of HSI's human trafficking investigations is two-fold:
- Proactively identify, disrupt and dismantle cross-border human trafficking organizations and minimize the risk they pose to national security and public safety.
- Employ a victim-centered approach, whereby equal value is placed on the identification, rescue and stabilization of victims and the investigation and prosecution of traffickers.
HSI special agents utilize their broad range of authority and international footprint to identify, investigate and disrupt domestic and transnational criminal organizations engaged in human trafficking. Special agents work closely with the HSI Victim Assistance Program to ensure that human trafficking victims are afforded their rights and have access to the services to which they are entitled by law. Moreover, HSI provides expertise and leadership to other federal, state, local and international law enforcement partners by organizing training on strategies and best practices that can be utilized to counter this heinous crime of exploitation.