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 Municipal-State Human Trafficking Working Group Partners with DHS Blue Campaign 

  

8/15/2017
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Anchorage Police Department

Chief Justin Doll

For Immediate Release:
August 15, 2017

Municipal-State Human Trafficking Working Group Partners with DHS Blue Campaign
Blue Campaign to provide training to working group, DHHS and APD

ANCHORAGE – Today Mayor Berkowitz, in conjunction with the Alaska Human Trafficking Working Group, Anchorage Police Department, and Department of Health and Human Services, announced a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to provide area specific training on human trafficking. 

“Human trafficking is a crime that hides in plain sight.  The more people understand how to identify human trafficking, the better we can work to eliminate it,” said Mayor Berkowitz. “We are working with our partners in the Human Trafficking Working group to make sure that victims of this horrific crime know where to go for help, and feel safe doing so.”

The Blue Campaign strives to protect the basic right of freedom and to bring those who exploit human lives to justice.  Three private separate trainings are scheduled, one law enforcement specific, one for health care providers, and one for the entire working group. These trainings focus on how to identify victims, raise awareness and apprehend offenders.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to partner with federal agencies as well as victim service agencies to train our officers,” stated APD Chief Justin Doll. “These trainings set APD on a path to better assist victims of human trafficking.”

All three trainings happen mid-August in Anchorage.

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Contact: Nora Morse (907) 786-8662
APD Deputy Communications Director

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