The DHS Center for Faith & Opportunity Initiatives was created in 2006 by an executive order to help emergency managers effectively engage with faith and community-based groups. The DHS Center carries out the policies and program priorities of the White House Faith & Opportunity Initiatives, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
In the immediate aftermath of hurricanes Katrina, Rita, and Wilma, it was clear that the emergency management community needed to engage a broader cross-section of faith and community-based organizations in all stages of the disaster sequence and provide resources for faith and community leaders to help them prepare for emergency situations.
In 2010, the DHS Center expanded its focus to include human trafficking by becoming a founding member of the Blue Campaign, DHS' comprehensive, intra-agency approach to fighting human trafficking. The DHS Center delivers training and technical assistance to faith and community-based organizations and provides subject-matter expertise to help communities successfully partner with other Blue Campaign components.