I met this afternoon with U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano and others to discuss strategies to address the scourge of human trafficking, or modern-day slavery. (Sec. Napolitano is pictured at the bottom left in the photo, next to Alejandro Mayorkas, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Standing next to me in the upper right is Shamere McKenzie, a trafficking victim turned activist.)
I outlined the plan below to Sec. Napolitano, who had been summoned by President Obama to a cabinet meeting within the hour.
She responded positively to the plan and noted, "I'll be meeting with [U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, Kathleen] Sebilius in about 20 minutes and I'll ask her to be involved." Alice Hill, Senior Counselor to Sec. Napolitano, noted that DHS had been working on the idea of outreach to the medical community since I had suggested the plan a year ago at the launch of the DHS Blue Campaign. DHS staff have devoted significant time and resources to fighting human trafficking, and have reached out to nongovernmental organizations as partners in that effort.