Interested in learning more about what you can do to help stop human trafficking and modern slavery? USCCB’s Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) and countless other organizations are excellent resources for information and ways to get involved in the fight for human dignity. Here is a list of just a few:
- The U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking offer educational information, various resources, and more.
- Read about Catholic Relief Services’s (CRS) work around human trafficking, including working towards eliminating slave labor on coffee states in Brazil, providing shelter and services for sex trafficking victims in Egypt, and offering safety and employment to sex trafficking victims and vulnerable women in India
- Read about “Sex Trafficking of Minors: Know the Process, Look for the Signs” in a blog post by CCOAHT’s Christopher Ljungquist.
- Read Pope Francis’s words on human trafficking, urging us all to act on our “moral imperative” to fight what he calls a “plague on humanity.”
- Internship/Volunteer Opportunity with USCCB office of Migration and Refugee Services (MRS). MRS is seeking an undergraduate or graduate student to collaborate directly with anti-trafficking organizations, both faith-based and NGO. For more information contact Christopher Ljunquist.
- Washington, D.C.: Dr. Elzbieta M. Gozdziak, Research Professor at the Institute for the Study of International Migration at Georgetown University and frequent collaborator with USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program, will be giving a talk on her latest book, “Trafficked Children and Youth in the United States: Reimagining Survivors,” to be released May 2016. Professor Gozdziak will be giving her talk at the Brookland location of Busboys and Poets on June 7, 2016, 7:00-9:00 PM.
- Catholics Confront Global Poverty highlights advocacy opportunities, including specific legislation to urge your representatives to support.
Human trafficking, sex trafficking, and modern slavery are internationally pervasive crimes that demand our attention and action. Whether you are just getting started or have been a long supporter of anti-trafficking work, we hope you find these resources helpful.
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