On December 8, 2022, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey joined members of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council announced the launch of a statewide multi-media campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking...
On December 8, 2022, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey joined members of the Arizona Human Trafficking Council announced the launch of a statewide multi-media campaign to raise awareness about human trafficking and provide resources to all Arizonans.
The campaign includes the Arizona Department of Public Safety’s Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center Tip Line to report any signs of criminal or suspicious labor and sex trafficking activity from across the state. Hotline staff will act to contact the necessary law enforcement officials and proper jurisdictions, ensuring victims and/or potential victims are being safely located and supported in real time. The campaign will also include the nationally recognized materials from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (USDHS)’s Blue Campaign.
“It can’t be overstated—human trafficking is real, it is pervasive and it’s an issue Arizona takes seriously,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Thanks to the collaborative efforts of the Council and state agencies, Arizona’s youth, our tribal nations, and our entire state are able to join the fight in combating this horrific issue. Anyone can be a victim, but together we can ensure we are doing all we can to protect victims and stop human trafficking throughout our state.” This campaign was developed by the Governor’s Office of Youth, Faith and Family (GOYFF) and the Arizona Human Trafficking Council, in partnership with the USDHS.
“Arizona has become a national leader in the fight to end trafficking,” said Human Trafficking Council co-chair and Senior Director of the McCain Institute, Claire Sechler Merkel. This initiative comes ahead of the 2023 Super Bowl to educate Arizonans on how to recognize the indicators of human trafficking and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.
While human trafficking can occur at any time and at any place throughout the world, Arizona is grateful for the partnership with the NFL Host Committee for joining the Council in this opportunity to educate and raise awareness about preventing and addressing this heinous crime.
To report trafficking or get help in Arizona, call 1-877-4AZ-TIPS