NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Attorney General Merrick B. Garland today released the Justice Department’s new National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking pursuant to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act.
Rooted in the foundational pillars and priorities of the interagency National Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking, which President Biden released on Dec. 3, 2021, the Justice Department’s National Strategy is expansive in scope. It aims to enhance the department’s capacity to prevent human trafficking; to prosecute human trafficking cases; and to support and protect human trafficking victims and survivors.
“Human trafficking is an insidious crime,” said Attorney General Garland. “Traffickers exploit and endanger some of the most vulnerable members of our society and cause their victims unimaginable harm. The Justice Department’s new National Strategy to Combat Human Trafficking will bring the full force of the Department to this fight.”
“Human traffickers prey on society’s most vulnerable members and their crimes equate to modern-day slavery.” said U.S. Attorney Duane A. Evans. “These crimes often are not detected because victims live in fear of physical abuse, threats, extortion, and other forms of intimidation. In the Eastern District of Louisiana, our office along with a group of federal, state, local law enforcement, and community partners work diligently to identify, investigate, and prosecute traffickers. Human trafficking survivors are also referred to victim-centric direct services.”
Among other things, the Justice Department’s multi-year strategy to combat all forms of human trafficking will:
The department’s strategy will be implemented under the direction of the National Human Trafficking Coordinator designated by the Attorney General in accordance with the Abolish Human Trafficking Act of 2017.
If you believe that you or someone you know may be a victim of human trafficking, please contact the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline at 1-888-373-7888, or Text 233733.