January 2019 is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
Human trafficking has been a federal crime in the United States since The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 was passed into law as a federal statute. Each year since 2010 has been designated National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month with January 11th each year being observed as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
ADF has been committed to helping law enforcement end human trafficking and child exploitation since our founding in 2006 and the launch of our industry leading digital forensic triage software which enables law enforcement to quickly and easily collect, analyze and report on digital evidence. ADF's founders, J.J. Wallia and Raphael Bousquet, coined the term triage as it relates to digital forensics because of the need for speed in identifying victims and suspects in criminal investigations.
Each year, various federal agencies and organizations use National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month to raise awareness and educate the public on ways to help end and eradicate slavery and human trafficking. Participating agencies and organizations typically include:
- Department of Justice
- Department of Homeland Security
- Department of Defense
- Department of Health and Human Services
- Department of State
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- Human Rights First
- Polaris Project
According to the White House, "In 2017 alone, the Department of Justice secured convictions against more than 500 defendants in human trafficking cases and the Federal Bureau of Investigation dismantled more than 42 criminal enterprises engaged in child sex trafficking. The Department of Homeland Security initiated more than 800 human trafficking cases, resulting in at least 1,500 arrests and 530 convictions. "
ADF supports 10,000+ investigators and forward operators around the globe making it easy for them to quickly collect, analyze and report on digital evidence -- a critical element in the fight against slavery, human trafficking and child exploitation.