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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking involves recruitment, harboring or transporting people into a situation of exploitation through use of violence, deception or coercion and forces to work against their will.

In other words, trafficking is a process of enslaving people, coercing them into a situation with no way out, and exploiting them.

People can be trafficked for many different forms of exploitation such as forced prostitution, forced labor, forced begging, forced criminality, domestic servitude, forced marriage, and forced organ removal.

Become A Shepherd

Stop Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Protect, Help, Empower, and Restore Dignity (SHEPHERD) educates lay and religious leaders about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping them with needed knowledge and skills to combat forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation at the local level. If you are from a parish, diocese, school, or community group and want to respond to the Church's call for heightened commitment. . . against modern-day slavery, then SHEPHERD is for you.

Download the National Human Trafficking Prevention Month Toolkit

January has been designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. In addition, January 11th, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

National Human Trafficking Hotline

Learn about human trafficking

Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking

The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) consists of national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking.

Know the Chain

ListKnowTheChain is a resource for companies and investors to understand and address forced labor risks within their global supply chains. Through benchmarking current corporate practices and providing practical resources that enable companies to operate more transparently and responsibly, KnowTheChain drives corporate action while also informing investor decisions. KnowTheChain is committed to helping companies make an impact in their efforts to address forced labor.

Slavery Footprint

Headquartered in Oakland,
California, the Slavery Footprint
crew works to engage individuals,
groups, and businesses to build
awareness for and create action
against modern-day slavery.

USCCB Anti-Trafficking Program

The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person, to advocate for an end to modern day slavery, to provide training and technical assistance on this issue, and to support survivors through community based services.

Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking

The Rescue and Restore Campaign website was also launched to provide information about the issue of human trafficking, information about the campaign; information and resources for health care providers, social service providers, law enforcement officers, and others; and ideas on how to get involved in the campaign. The following informational materials are found on the website.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) is the leading national organization exposing the links between all forms of sexual exploitation such as child sexual abuse, prostitution, sex trafficking and the public health crisis of pornography. As the thread of pornography in the web of sexual exploitation is systemically overlooked by society, the National Center on Sexual Exploitation has prominently advanced this issue as a central pillar of its projects in order to promote more holistic solutions

Shared Hope International

Shared Hope International strives to prevent the conditions that foster sex trafficking, restore victims of sex slavery, and bring justice to vulnerable women and children. We envision a world passionately opposed to sex trafficking and a community committed to restoring survivors to lives of purpose, value and choice – one life at a time.

Church Documents

Statement on Human Trafficking,” People on the Move, Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People (No. 105, December 2007).