Labeling for Lent Campaign to Prevent Human Trafficking Extended Through April

Labeling for Lent

The United States imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain. The Labeling for Lent campaign is an effort to demonstrate that consumers would like to have the information needed, through appropriate product labeling, to purchase slave-free seafood. The Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking  (CCOAHT) is collecting data on this through a nationwide survey to the Catholic community- now extended through the end of April!

The Labeling for Lent campaign builds on the coalition’s success last year with its national postcard campaign against trafficking in the international fishing industry. During that campaign, participants sent signed postcards to StarKist and Costco, requesting that they do all in their power to maintain supply chains that are free of forced labor.

Please consider filling out the survey to have your voice heard on ending human trafficking in the seafood industry.

International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking this Sunday

Sunday, February 8, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita*, will be the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Campus communities across the country are encouraged to organize their own local events. Sample prayer services and other resources are available from the Global Freedom Network. Through prayer and action, we can comfort and help empower our brothers and sisters who have suffered through this affront to human dignity. In the words of the Committee Chairman for Migration, Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S.: “If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference.”

The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT), convened by the USCCB, has crafted a set of “New Years’ Resolutions Against Human Trafficking,” a list of actions related to trafficking for the public to commit to as 2015 New Years’ resolutions. It’s not too late! We invite you to commit to the resolutions, share them with your colleagues and students, and use #SlavesNoMore on social media to raise awareness for the issue of human trafficking and what your agencies and communities are doing to respond.

 

*St. Josephine Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.