On January 11, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, our staff wore blue to raise awareness of human trafficking. #WearBlueDay

Also on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, the Student Alliance Against Trafficking partners hosted an awareness table and handed out “Object to being an object” t-shirts to fill the student section blue with support at the Stanford – Arizona State women’s basketball game in Tempe, Ariz. ASU players also wore branded warm-up shirts for the cause.

AZ Department of Homeland Security Director Gil Orrantia, a member of the Institute’s human trafficking advisory council, joined Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Mrs. McCain, to lead the first annual Arizona Human Trafficking Symposium.

Gov. Ducey also ordered the Arizona Capital Dome to light up blue during the entire month of January to honor human trafficking victims and survivors.

“Arizona is taking a stand against human trafficking,” said Gov. Ducey. “I encourage everyone to look for opportunities to spread the word and speak out against this crime. Every citizen can aid in identifying trafficking victims and can help create safe and accepting avenues for victims to disclose abuse. Together we can and we must end human trafficking.”

Motorists statewide were greeted by these Arizona Department of Transportation signs for Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Also, our Student Alliance partners at Kyambogo University in Kyambogo, Uganda held a human trafficking awareness event on campus.

Furthermore, It’s a Penalty campaignlaunched: The McCain Institute supported this PSA that features NFL football players leading the effort to raise awareness of child trafficking and exploitation during Super Bowl LIII.

McCain Insitute’s Cheryl Bassett and Heather Fischer traveled to Carolina, Puerto Rico to participate as expert panelists at the International Association of Prosecutors and National Association of Attorneys General Global Conference on Human Trafficking.

In Texas, Hidalgo County District Attorney is forming a first-of-its-kind human trafficking unit, thanks to the Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery. Read the article here. 

The Institute also partnered with HEAL Trafficking on a training in Laredo, Texas to teach how medical providers can spot the signs of human trafficking. KGNS News did a story on the training which you can see here.

We salute all those who participated in their community during the month of January in support of anti-human trafficking efforts.