Department of Health and Human Services Office of Refugee Resettlement
The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) has a number of responsibilities regarding victims of trafficking found in the United States.
In March 2004, HHS/ORR launched a public outreach awareness campaign in the United States called “Look Beneath the Surface.” This outreach is targeting the general public, as well as service providers throughout the United States, to be more cognizant of the fact that more people are trafficked in the United States than people realize.
Department of Labor International Labor Affairs Bureau
The US Department of Labor (USDOL), International Labor Affairs Bureau (ILAB) has supported $125 million in anti human trafficking projects worldwide since 1995. These projects have been funded primarily through direct appropriations from Congress and through the Presidential Anti-Trafficking in Persons Initiative. They address human trafficking exclusively or as part of other labor-related efforts in partnership with employers, trade unions and government stakeholders. Projects are implemented by the International Labor Organization, local and international nongovernmental organizations, and faith-based organizations in Africa, Asia, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Highlights of USDOL/International Child Labor Program (ICLP) efforts to combat international child labor, including child trafficking.
FBI(Federal Bureau of Investigation)
In July 2004, the Human Smuggling Trafficking Center (HSTC) was created. The HSTC serves as a fusion center for information on human smuggling and trafficking, bringing together analysts, officers, and investigators from such agencies as the CIA, FBI, ICE, Department of State, and Department of Homeland Security.
The FBI also enforces the TVPA. The FBI, in conjunction with the Department of Justice Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, launched the Innocence Lost National Initiative. The agencies’ combined efforts address the growing problem of domestic sex trafficking of children in the United States
National Institute of Justice (NIJ): Human Trafficking
NIJ's Role in Human Trafficking Research
Through the funding of rigorous research, NIJ is committed to assisting with the detection and prosecution of human traffickers. NIJ-funded research projects focus on: The nature and extent of human trafficking, Detecting and investigating traffickers, Prosecuting traffickers, Services for trafficking victims.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE): Human Trafficking
Human trafficking is one of the most heinous crimes that ICE investigates.
ICE is serious about ending human trafficking.
ICE relies on tips from the public to dismantle these organizations. ICE encourages you to keep your eyes and ears open to suspicious activity. Trafficking victims are often hidden in plain sight, voiceless and scared.