Human Trafficking has been a serious problem around the world. In order to raise awareness of the seriousness of the problem and to find effective ways of responding to it, here are some current resources for your various religious communities and parishes.
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking:
February 8, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, is also designated as the annual day of prayer for those who have suffered the scourge of exploitation and human trafficking. Find out more about this day.
Current Programs On Human Trafficking
Currently there are a number of programs to help victims of human trafficking and to raise awareness of this issue. The Catholic community has helped to respond to needs of victims and to educate the public. Here is a list of some of those programs:
- Dignity of Work: This anti-trafficking program is operated through the Migration and Refugee Services of USCCB. It helps to provide employment services in some of the larger US cities: e.g. Los Angeles, New York, Boston, Houston, etc. Find more information in the Dignity of Work flyer (PDF).
- The Amistad Movement: This is an education and awareness campaign for immigrant communities, who are often vulnerable to labor exploitation, due to poor regulations by various employers. The Amistad Movement trains immigrants on resources and services available to victims of human trafficking. More information can be found in the Amistad Page.
- The Shepherd Campaign: The Shepherd Campaign is a resource for parishes on the issue of human trafficking. Catholics can deepen their awareness, as well as find ways of effectively responding to this issue. Information is in the Become a Shepherd Tool-Kit.
- After Rescue -- Evaluation of Strategies to Integrate Survivors of Trafficking: This project addresses the wider issue of integrating victims of human trafficking back into mainstream society. After Rescue tries to understand the characteristics of victims and to evaluate the efficacy of various programs in maintaining stability and well-being. If you would like more information, please download After Rescue Project (PDF).
If your religious community or parish would like to donate to a worthy organization, please consider SDS Hope House, a safe house for women who have escaped or have been rescued from a situation of enslavement. Hope House is operated by the Salvatorian Sisters.