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January 11, 2017

Governor Sandoval proclaims dedication to Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention
with national support

Statewide, employees participate in “Wear Blue Day” to pledge solidarity with victims

Las Vegas—The Office of Governor Brian Sandoval together in partnership with the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles are honored to announce a collaboration with Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Blue Campaign. DHS created the Blue Campaign in 2010 to serve as a unified voice to combat human trafficking, a global problem that effects more than 20 million victims. Representatives from the Blue Campaign were in Las Vegas today to meet with the Governor and announce the partnership.

“I am proud to proclaim January as Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month. By working together we can help end the suffering and give a voice to the victims,” says Governor Brian Sandoval. “As Governor of this great State, it gives me great pride to announce that Nevada was the first to partner with the Department of Homeland Security’s Blue Campaign to launch a pilot program, training state employees to look for signs of human trafficking and raise awareness to this crime.”

Human trafficking can be compared to a form of modern day slavery, and takes many forms including, most commonly sex trafficking, forced labor and domestic servitude. It is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar industry worldwide, second only to the drug trade. Even though it is prevalent, this crime still lives largely in the shadows. Every year, thousands of human trafficking cases are reported, but many more go unnoticed. 

Director Terri Albertson said, “The DMV has the unique opportunity to interact with nearly one hundred percent of the population here; something hardly found in any other venue. After realizing the impact this could have, the DMV reached out to the Blue Campaign program to help provide our staff and customers with materials in order to raise awareness on this heinous crime.  If we can even help one adult or child escape the life of modern day slavery—our efforts will have been worth it.”

Today’s meeting was attended by various representatives from government, law enforcement and others to pledge unified support to raise awareness and prevent the crime from occurring, particularly in Nevada.

The Blue Campaign sees the value of the Nevada partnership and shares the DMV’s vision to replicate the program across the country. “Human trafficking is a serious issue happening across America, and it is imperative the general public knows how to recognize and report this crime,” said Mick McKeown; Executive Director, Blue Campaign. “Educations starts in our communities, and we look forward to this partnership with the State of Nevada, Governor Sandoval, and the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles. Additionally, we hope to duplicate this pilot program in the other 49 states. Together, we can work to end this heinous crime.”

To report a suspected human trafficking, contact the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 888-373-7888 or visit their website at
Follow the Blue Campaign on Facebook, or visit their website at for materials and information on signs and indicators of human trafficking.
Attachments: Governor’s Proclamation for Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention Month

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Governor's Proclamation (PDF)