Feb 1 2011
Three Federal Agencies Partner to Combat Human Trafficking
The U.S. Departments of Justice, Homeland Security and Labor announced a new initiative to help streamline federal criminal investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking offenses. THe nationwide Human Trafficking Enhanced Enforcement Initiative will involve the use of specialized Anti-Trafficking Coordinations, known as ACTeams, in certain pilot districts across the U.S. These teams, which will be made up of prosecutors and agents from various federal law enforcement agencies, will implement a plan to combat human trafficking threats, and will focus on developing investigations and prosecutions to help human trafficking victims and bring traffickers to justice.
“This modern-day slavery is an affront to human dignity, and each and every case we prosecute should send a powerful signal that human trafficking will not be tolerated in the United States,” said Eric Holder, Attorney General. “The Human Trafficking Enhanced Enforcement Initiative takes our anti-trafficking enforcement efforts to the next level by building on the most effective tool in our anti-trafficking arsenal: partnerships.”