Trump Admin Launches DHS Center to 'Dismantle Human Trafficking' - Media Silence
Department of Homeland Security announces Center for Countering Human Trafficking
President Donald Trump's administration this week announced a new groundbreaking Department of Homeland Security (DHS) center that seeks "to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking."
On Tuesday, DHS announced the opening of its new Center for Countering Human Trafficking based in Washington, D.C.
The DHS center has been operational since last month and is led by officials from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
"Proud to announce the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking," Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf tweeted.
"One of the many steps the Trump administration has taken to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking."
Proud to announce the opening of the DHS Center for Countering Human Trafficking. One of the many steps the Trump administration has taken to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking. https://t.co/EvnoF7lnU4 pic.twitter.com/HXEZBWOfe4— Acting Secretary Chad Wolf (@DHS_Wolf) October 20, 2020
He added in a news release:
"Human trafficking is modern day slavery.
"There is no other way to say it.
"The words are strong because the actions are evil.
"The forms of exploitation, sex trafficking, forced labor, and domestic servitude that constitute human trafficking are antithetical in every way to the principles of human dignity that Americans hold dear.
"The launch of this Center for Countering Human Trafficking represents the investment of resources, attention, and time by President Trump to combat and dismantle all forms of human trafficking."
The announcement states that "The Center will build on the agency's 'victims first' approach, which balances victim identification, rescue and support with prevention, investigation, and prosecution of traffickers.
"ICE HSI is uniquely positioned to utilize criminal, immigration, and trade-based authorities to proactively identify, disrupt and dismantle cross-border human trafficking organizations."
The agency also notes that in the fiscal year 2019 alone, "ICE initiated 1,024 human trafficking and forced labor related cases which led to 2,197 criminal arrests.
"These effective actions resulted in nearly 700 convictions and the rescue of more than 400 victims."
However, some conservatives voiced frustrations over a lack of media attention for the launch of the Trump admin's new center.
The president's oldest son, Donald Trump Jr., shared a video purportedly showing that members of the media had no questions during a press briefing on the center's launch.
Wonder why the you never hear about @realDonaldTrump administration’s work to combat human trafficking?— Matriarch (@imatriarch) October 20, 2020
Today Trump Admin announced the first Govt. Center For Countering Human Trafficking in the US. They asked if the press had any questions.
This is what happened... *crickets* pic.twitter.com/lio4BwWoKi
"This is a disgrace," Trump Jr. tweeted as he shared a post of the press response.
This is a disgrace. @realDonaldTrump is the first American Politician to address the scourge of human trafficking and fund it and no one has any interest in covering it.— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) October 20, 2020
I guess they’re too busy running cover for Hollywood. https://t.co/w9CLUv4amK
"@realDonaldTrump is the first American Politician to address the scourge of human trafficking and fund it and no one has any interest in covering it," Don Jr. added.
"I guess they're too busy running cover for Hollywood."