U.S. Department of Labor and New Mexico Attorney General’s Office Sign Anti-Human Trafficking Collaboration Agreement
ALBUQUERQUE, NM – The U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division and New Mexico’s Office of the Attorney General have signed a collaboration agreement to combat human trafficking in New Mexico. The anti-human trafficking agreement is the first of its kind in the Department.
The agreement establishes an ongoing collaboration that will provide clear, accurate, and easy-to-access outreach and educational materials for employers, employees, and other stakeholders. The agreement will allow the Department and the Attorney General’s office to share resources and enhance enforcement by allowing both parties to coordinate investigations and to share information as allowed by current laws. The Wage and Hour Division often supports law enforcement efforts in anti-trafficking by identifying or detecting this crime, and by assisting with the calculation of back wages owed to the victims.
“This agreement demonstrates the Division’s commitment to combating human trafficking,” said Southwest Regional Wage and Hour Division’s Administrator Betty Campbell. “Our collaboration with our state partner leverages our resources to allow us to better protect workers in New Mexico.”
For more information about laws enforced by the Wage and Hour Division, contact the Division’s toll-free helpline at 866-4US-WAGE (487-9243). Information is also available at http://www.dol.gov/whd.