As Catholics we are called to find ways that each of us can work with our dioceses and communities to address the evil of modern day slavery. One way in which you can do this is to…
Visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery to learn more about human trafficking.
Lead a gathering or pray on your own for victims of this crime, the law enforcement and justice professionals working to stop it, and the social service organizations helping survivors. Reflect on their experiences, pray for their emotional, physical, and spiritual healing, and make a personal commitment to combating this evil.
St. Josephine Bakhita was a slave who became a Catholic saint. The prayer card created in her name can be used by you to reflect on the millions of people still caught in a state of slavery today. To learn more about her and to access the prayer, please click here.
Host a workshop and tell others
Catholics can help by educating fellow Catholics and others about the human consequences of this crime. Parishes can serve as a meeting place to discuss this issue and as a center for action to help survivors and those at-risk. It is especially important to inform people in a position to encounter victims and those who may be at risk of being exploited. You can watch a film with a group or lead a discussion session.
Email MRSShepherd@usccb.org to request the SHEPHERD toolkit guide to help you get started.
Be an ethical consumer and employer: Find out how your actions can contribute to or reduce the demand for human trafficking. Websites like http://www.ecpatusa.org. . . http://www.usccb.org/about/anti-trafficking-program/www.ecpatusa.org and http://www.slaveryfootprint.org. . . can be good places to start.
Report trafficking if you suspect it: Visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery to learn more about how to identify a potential victim and what you can do to help. You can report tips on potential cases of human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888.
Support the work of the USCCB
For more than a decade, USCCB’s Anti-Trafficking Program has been a leader in the fight against human trafficking. We’ve helped more than 3,000 survivors and their family members begin the road to recovery and rebuild their lives. We’ve trained organizations in the U.S. and abroad on how to help victims. We partner with immigrant communities who are at-risk to help spread the word about human trafficking and learn how to protect their communities. We work with policymakers to draft, improve and evaluate laws on human trafficking. We are committed to advocating for the victims of this crime and seeking an end to modern day slavery.