For Immediate Release
|March 18, 2021||
Supervisory Deputy U.S. Marshal
Eastern District of Pennsylvania (215) 783-4548;
U.S. Marshals Office of Public Affairs (703) 740-1699
U.S. Marshals Recover 16 Critically
Fugitive Task Force Assists Local Youth Service Agencies
Philadelphia, PA – During a four-week operation conducted February 15 - March 15, the U.S. Marshals Service Offices in Philadelphia, in conjunction with Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services and Bucks County Children Youth Services, participated in operation “Safeguard,” a multi-agency enforcement operation focused on human trafficking and the location and recovery of critically missing and exploited children.
During the operation, 26 missing children cases
were adopted by the Marshals Service with six of those children having a
nexus to child sex trafficking. Over a four-week period, 16 children
were recovered at the request of law enforcement to ensure the child’s
well-being. Four of the 16 children recovered have active child sex
trafficking investigations. The operation was supported by the National
Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) and other local
The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of
2015 enhanced the U.S. Marshals’ authority to assist federal, state, and
local law enforcement with the recovery of missing, endangered, or
abducted children, regardless of whether a fugitive or sex offender was
involved. The Marshals established a Missing Child Unit to oversee and
manage the implementation of its enhanced authority under the act.
This initiative was the culmination of weeks of planning and coordination between the USMS, NCMEC, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Bucks County Children Youth Services, Philadelphia Police Department Human Trafficking Unit, and the FBI.
Additional information about the U.S. Marshals Service can be found at http://www.usmarshals.gov.