As Women’s History Month draws to a close, it’s important to recognize the vital role the Department of Homeland Security continues to play in increasing the safety and security of women and girls. Today, Secretary Janet Napolitano spoke at a DHS event to commemorate Women’s History Month and to recognize some of the programs and initiatives across the Department that demonstrate our commitment to this priority.
Among the many initiatives highlighted today was DHS’ Blue Campaign – which brings together components from across the Department to help prevent, detect, and investigate human trafficking – a crime that disproportionately affects women and girls. To further support this effort, this spring, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the DHS Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman and the Department of Health and Human Services will begin a collaborative dialogue with our country’s national network of domestic violence shelters and service providers to address human trafficking and violence against women.
Additional examples of DHS’ efforts to increase the safety and security of women and girls include:
While we are extremely proud of our accomplishments in the protection of women and girls, we know there is always the opportunity to do more. As a Department, we are committed to dedicating even more of our efforts to the security of women and girls in the years to come.
January Contreras is the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman