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Join DHS for #SeeSayDay on September 25 and Protect Your Community

Join DHS for #SeeSayDay on September 25 and Protect Your Community

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An informed public plays a critical role in keeping our communities safe. September 25 is “If You See Something, Say Something®” Awareness Day, also known as #SeeSayDay. “If You See Something, Say Something” is more than just a slogan; it’s how we protect our communities.

On September 25, we encourage you to participate in #SeeSayDay on social media. #SeeSay Day will help to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.

Anyone can participate in SeeSay Day by using #SeeSayDay and #WhyISeeSay on social media on or before September 25 to raise awareness about the importance of recognizing and reporting suspicious activity.

Secretary Mayorkas is participating in #SeeSay Day. Here’s what he had to say about #WhyISeeSay:

Here’s how you can participate in #SeeSay Day this Saturday, September 25th:

  • Share why YOU “See Say” on or before Saturday, September 25: Share why you “See Say” on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram using #WhyISeeSay and #SeeSayDay.
     
  • Learn the indicators of suspicious activity and how to report it in your state. Share with your friends, family, and others in your network.
     
  • Organize a group photo: Group photos don’t have to be in person. Download this bubble sign, write down why you SeeSay, and take a photo with your friends, colleagues, or other members of your community while hosting your virtual event. Don’t forget to share on social media using #WhyISeeSay and #SeeSayDay.
    • Follow CDC and jurisdictional COVID-19 guidance before coordinating in-person activities
       
  • Test your awareness by watching the “The Challenge” PSA series. Find the videos at www.dhs.gov/TheChallenge. Share the videos on social media and challenge your network to test their awareness, too.

To empower and educate Americans about suspicious activity and how the report it, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s "If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign works with state, local, tribal and territorial partners across the country year-round to raise awareness and share resources. This year, DHS expanded its public awareness campaign offerings to ensure equitable access to campaign messages and materials.

The new materials are available in Arabic, Chinese (Simplified), French, Haitian, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Thai, and Vietnamese and can be downloaded by the public from the translated outreach materials webpage. Each package of translated resources includes three sets of posters, two graphics for website or advertising use, and three social media graphics.

“If You See Something, Say Something®” is a national campaign that raises public awareness about the indicators of terrorism, terrorism-related crime, and domestic violent extremism, as well as the importance of reporting suspicious activity to state and local law enforcement.

To learn more about the “If You See Something, Say Something®” campaign, including how to become a partner, visit: www.dhs.gov/SeeSay.

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Topics: Human Trafficking
Keywords: Human Trafficking, If You See Something Say Something, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on Citizenship Day

In naturalization ceremonies throughout America today, the “call of countries" will be read. That is when the many countries of origin of the soon-to-be American citizens are announced in alphabetical order. The candidates for citizenship come from all over the world. They come to America because there is no other country like ours. We are the greatest democracy in the world, the land of opportunity, and a place of refuge.

Today is Citizenship Day. Today we host special naturalization ceremonies in communities everywhere. This day, and each day that we grant citizenship to new Americans, is a day of national renewal and new beginnings. The lives of individuals and families are given new hope and the life of our country is newly enriched.

Fifty years ago, this country gave my parents, sister, and me a new life when we were naturalized and became United States citizens. I feel deeply the profound gratitude that the millions of new Americans before and since then have for those who made it possible.

Those who make it possible are all of you. Thank you for everything you do in service of our great country.

 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.​

Topics: Secretary of Homeland Security
Keywords: Citizenship and Naturalization, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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DHS Remembers: Honoring the Victims of the September 11th Attacks

DHS Remembers: Honoring the Victims of the September 11th Attacks

DHS Recommits to Our Mission to Safeguarding the American People, Our Homeland, and Our Values  

This week, we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, and mourn the nearly 3,000 lives taken too soon. The people who perished in the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and Shanksville—including the heroic first responders who gave their lives to help others—left behind loved ones and communities who were never again the same. In the years since, more than 2,000 more were lost to 9/11-related illnesses as a result of working in hazardous conditions during recovery operations. We honor their lives and their memory on this solemn occasion, and mourn what we all lost on that terrible day.  

As we mark the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, DHS honors the memory of those who lost their lives by serving our mission with dedication. We remain committed to working together across every level of government to keep our Nation safe from evolving threats, both foreign and domestic. 

During this solemn anniversary, the Department is commemorating in a number of ways. 

On Wednesday, September 8th, Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas planted a seedling from the 9/11 Survivor Tree that the Department of Homeland Security received. Secretary Mayorkas was joined by survivors, first responders, victim families, and military veterans.

 

A Callery pear tree became known as the “Survivor Tree” after enduring the September 11, 2001 terror attacks at the World Trade Center. Today, the tree stands as a living reminder of resilience, survival, and rebirth. Each year, the 9/11 Memorial gives seedlings from the Survivor Tree to three communities that have endured tragedy in recent years, as well as communities that have committed to nurturing these trees to serve as landmarks symbolizing resiliency and hope.  

Secretary Mayorkas plants a seedling from the 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C

Secretary Mayorkas plants a seedling from the 9/11 Memorial Survivor Tree at DHS headquarters in Washington, D.C (DHS Photo by Benjamin Applebaum/Released)

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This week, we invite you to join us in lighting a virtual memorial candle on our website in honor of the victims of September 11th.   

DHS remembers September 11, 2001, and remains vigilant in our shared efforts to combat the threats of today and tomorrow alongside our partners. Together, we will continue to protect, serve, and safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. 

 

Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise
Keywords: 9/11
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Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance

Colleagues,

Later this week, our Nation will observe the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. We will set aside time on that solemn day to honor those who lost their lives. We will pay special tribute to the many heroes who, in the service of others and our country, selflessly showed us the best of who we are.

You show us that too, through your work for our country every single day.

On the solemn day of September 11 – a day that is declared our National Day of Service and Remembrance – I ask that you lead others in your community to volunteer their time in service of others. You can learn of volunteer opportunities in your community from AmeriCorps.  ​ ​If you want to support the effort to resettle Afghan nationals as part of Operation Allies Welcome, please consider signing up for the DHS Volunteer Force.

September is also National Preparedness Month and it is fitting that this year's theme is Prepare to Protect. While we help families, households, and businesses prepare for emergencies and disasters, we also offer a unique opportunity for colleagues to volunteer to deploy across the country and around the world to assist those in need. In whatever way you choose to contribute – whether by volunteering, donating to a charitable cause, or other act of giving – you will make a difference.

Through your service, you keep the American public safe and you make our country stronger. Thank you for everything you do.

 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.​

Topics: Preventing Terrorism, Secretary of Homeland Security
Keywords: 9/11, Employee, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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Message from Deputy Secretary John Tien on the Current Situation in Afghanistan

Colleagues,

The sobering images coming from Afghanistan and the impact they have on those who have so bravely and honorably served the United States in uniform or as part of combat missions cannot be understated. As a veteran who served in Iraq and spent time on the ground in Afghanistan, I deeply understand the mixed reactions one may feel.

Many of those servicemembers and civilians are now our DHS colleagues; we lean on their deep commitment to safeguarding the American people, our homeland, and our values every day.

Former servicemembers and civilians who worked on or in Afghanistan may experience many different, and even conflicting, emotions at this time.

You are not alone.

I want each of you to know that we stand with you today and every day.

DHS has been a part of the mission in Afghanistan for many years, including having security and customs officers working side by side with Afghan counterparts to assist securing commerce and travel. The dedication and service each of you have brought to the mission does not and will never go unnoticed.

There are resources available for you – or anyone you know – both within DHS and in the broader Veterans community.

  • DHS Employee Assistance Programs are available 24 hours a day and are confidential, free, and do not affect your security clearance.
  • The DHS public facing Employee Resources page is full of resources and information to help you and your loved ones deal with stress, mental health, and many other topics.
  • The Mental Health section of the Veteran Resource Center Website on DHS Connect includes additional resources.
  • If you are having suicidal thoughts, contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255 right away.

DHS is committed to safely supporting the relocation of Afghan nationals who bravely helped support the U.S. mission in Afghanistan and other vulnerable Afghans, and we have mobilized all appropriate elements across the Department to that end.

Once again, I thank you for your service to our Department, the country, and our mission. And if you ever want to talk combat veteran to combat veteran, my door is always open.

Best,

 

John Tien
Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise
Keywords: Deputy Secretary John Tien, Employee Morale
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Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on Issuance of a National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin

Colleagues,

After consulting with the Intelligence Community and our law enforcement partners, I have issued a new National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) Bulletin that provides an overview of the heightened threat environment across the United States.

​Our homeland continues to face a diverse and challenging threat environment leading up to and following the 20th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks, as well as religious holidays that could serve as a catalyst for acts of targeted violence. These threats include those posed by domestic terrorists, individuals and groups engaged in grievance-based violence, and those inspired or motivated by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences. These actors are increasingly exploiting online forums to influence and spread violent extremist narratives and promote violent activity. Such threats are also exacerbated by impacts of the ongoing global pandemic, including grievances over public health safety measures and perceived government restrictions.

Our Department will continue to identify and evaluate calls for violence – including online activity associated with the spread of disinformation, conspiracy theories, and false narratives – by known or suspected threat actors and provide updated information, as necessary.

DHS asks all Americans to report any suspicious activity and threats of violence to local law enforcement, FBI Field Offices, or a local Fusion Center. For additional information, view the entire NTAS Bulletin.

Thank you for continuing to safeguard the American people and our homeland.

 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, Secretary of Homeland Security
Keywords: Employee Resource, National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS), Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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A Message from Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas on the Department’s Six-Month Progress in 2021

Six months ago I had the privilege of rejoining our Department of Homeland Security.  Every day I have seen and learned of your valor and heroism.  Many of you put your lives on the line in the service of our Nation.  Tirelessly, selflessly, and often at great personal sacrifice, all of you devote your talent and energy to our noble mission of safeguarding the American people, our homeland, and our values. 

The past eighteen months have been especially difficult as we have battled the pandemic.  We have lost colleagues, loved ones, friends, and neighbors.  Our frontline personnel and their families, in the performance of duty, have given and continue to give so much of themselves.

I am immensely proud to work alongside you once again.

 

Many of the issues and challenges we address are at the forefront.  We have a pivotal role in battling the pandemic, securing the border and administering asylum law, strengthening our cybersecurity, preventing violent acts of domestic extremism, building greater resilience and preparedness as the effects of climate change prove increasingly dramatic, and so much more.  Our work touches more lives in our country, more frequently, than any other agency in the federal government.

Our reach is across the globe, advancing our security, principles, and standing in the world.  We punish those who use forced labor, disrupt transnational criminal organizations, and save exploited children.  And again, so much more.

We do our work at a time of deep division in our country and as the challenges we face are often a target of the divide.  Amidst this considerable tension, our strength is drawn from, and our integrity is defined by, our reliance on the facts, our non-partisan identity, and our singular focus on mission.

We are the third-largest department in the federal government.  We are comprised of more than twenty agencies and offices.  Many have their own distinct histories and traditions.  I believe we can celebrate such uniqueness and also work together as one, in close partnership with others, to more effectively secure our homeland.  We are DHS.

The greatest source of our strength and shine is all of you.  It is inspiring how much we have accomplished in just the past six months.  We have so much more to do, and we will get it all done because of your immeasurable dedication and talent.  I am privileged to support you.

Thank you for everything you do in service of our Nation.

 

Alejandro N. Mayorkas
Secretary of Homeland Security

With honor and integrity, we will safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values.

Topics: Homeland Security Enterprise, Secretary of Homeland Security
Keywords: Employee Resource, Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas
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