'Human Trafficking'

Human Trafficking and LGBTQ Youth

Posted on 11. Jun, 2016 by .

0

The following is from Polaris:

Nearly 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ, in comparison to 7% of the general population. These youth may face homelessness for different reasons: family rejection, prior abuse or neglect, bullying in school, or social discrimination and marginalization.

resources-lgbtq-sex-traffickingYouth without safe shelter and social supports are at higher risk of trafficking and exploitation. Traffickers exploit their needs and vulnerabilities to compel them into sex or labor trafficking. LGBTQ youth may be trafficked by intimate partners, family members, friends, or strangers.

The coercion and control that traffickers hold over their victims, in combination with the stigma of commercial sex, may prevent youth from disclosing their situation. LGBTQ youth may fear the repercussions of reporting their situation, particularly if they worry others will mistreat or not believe them because of their gender identity or sexual orientation. LGBTQ youth service providers may be in a unique position to recognize indicators of sex trafficking among the youth they serve and connect them with much needed services.

Sex Trafficking and LGBTQ Youth, made possible by the generous support of the Palette Fund, provides an introduction to sex trafficking for LGBTQ youth providers and others who are new to the issue of human trafficking. This resource provides indicators of sex trafficking, recommendations on how LGBTQ organizations serving youth can get involved in anti-trafficking efforts, and information on how to get assistance for LGBTQ youth survivors of sex trafficking.

Follow this link: LGBTQ Sex Trafficking to learn more about LGBTQ youth and human trafficking.

More/Leave a Comment

Human Trafficking Postcard Campaign

Posted on 01. Mar, 2016 by .

0

bought_sold-101The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking consists of national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking. The main purposes of the Coalition are to:

  • Formulate plans for combating trafficking and serving its victims
  • Promote development of services for trafficking victims and approaches to empowerment of trafficking victims
  • Dialogue with government officials and others engaged in public policies affecting this issue
  • Devise strategies for public education, awareness-raising and grass roots action.

More than twenty Catholic organizations form the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking. Each organization has its own network of concerned citizens who can work together to further the commitment to combat trafficking. Coalition organizations engage in combating human trafficking by

  • Providing safe haven for trafficked adolescents and young adults in the U.S.
  • Delivering direct services to adult and child trafficking victims in the U.S. and overseas
  • Conducting prevention projects overseas, especially in Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America
  • Providing national training and technical assistance on the issue of trafficking
  • Meeting with government officials, including Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress, and representatives from the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice

Lenten Postcard Campaign

tumblr_inline_ns615cQ6B61r11kw2_1280This Lenten season CCOAHT has embarked on a national postcard campaign against human trafficking in our seafood supply chains. As many Catholics eat fish and abstain from meat to be in greater solidarity with those in need, we are urging a greater vigilance on the part of our suppliers to ensure that the seafood we eat is not tainted by slave labor.

The Coalition has created two postcards, one addressed to Costco and the other to StarKist, which asks that these companies do all in their power to guarantee that their supply chains are free of forced labor. You can download the postcards here and here, sign your name, and mail into each company.

If your parish, school, or social justice ministry would like printed and stamped versions of the postcards, contact us at cljunquist@usccb.org

More/Leave a Comment

St. Josephine Bakhita & Human Trafficking Action Alert

Posted on 26. Feb, 2016 by .

0

The following is from the Franciscan Action Network

On February 8th, the Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT) held an Interfaith Prayer Service at St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church in Washington, DC to pray for survivors of human trafficking.

_icon__st__josephine_bakhita_by_agianna-d8kvb29Sold into slavery herself as a child, St. Bakhita is widely honored as patron of trafficking victims. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick offered a keynote address and representatives of different faith traditions offered prayers: Coptic Orthodox, Krishna Consciousness, Evangelical Christian, Jewish, Lutheran, Buddhist and Muslim. Many parishes and congregations across the country held services to pray and act on behalf today’s survivors of human slavery/trafficking.

This Lenten season CCOAHT has embarked on a national postcard campaign against human trafficking in our seafood supply chains. As many Catholics eat fish and abstain from meat to be in greater solidarity with those in need, we are urging a greater vigilance on the part of our suppliers to ensure that the seafood we eat is not tainted by slave labor.

The Coalition has created two postcards, one addressed to Costco and the other to StarKist, which asks that these companies do all in their power to guarantee that their supply chains are free of forced labor. You can download the postcards by clicking the links above, sign your name and mail in to each company.

More/Leave a Comment

Stations of the Cross Resources

Posted on 26. Feb, 2016 by .

0

BillBoard_t750x550We invite you to stand in prayerful solidarity with the victims of human trafficking as you pray the Stations of the Cross. Human trafficking is a painful reality — a modern-day slavery happening all around us, often undetected. In this Holy Year, in which the doors of mercy are open to all, let us join in the struggle to cross the thresholds from slavery into freedom. Download and read the prayer reflection, “Garden of Dreams – A Via Crucis on Human Trafficking,” as you prepare to journey with the countless victims of human trafficking.

Download a reflection on the Stations of the Cross to pray as you walk through the display at the RECongress.

ENGLISH: For life and dignity, download the prayer reflection: “Garden of Dreams – A Via Crucis on Human Trafficking.” Join in prayer and merciful solidarity with the countless victims of human trafficking.

ESPAÑOL: Por la vida y su dignidad, descarga la reflexión escrita: “Un Jardín de Sueños – Un Vía Crucis sobre la Trata Humana.” Únete en oración y solidaridad misericordiosa con las incontables víctimas de la trata humana.

VIETNAMESE: Download “Vườn cây của giấc mơ: Chặn Đàng Thánh Giá với chủ đề Nạn Buôn Người” in Vietnamese.

lent-cross

More/Leave a Comment

Human Trafficking Toolkit

Posted on 31. Jan, 2016 by .

0

January was human trafficking awareness month.

The following is from the Franciscan Action Network (FAN):

humantrafficking-illustrationThe Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community (WISC) is an informal convening of the Washington, D.C.-area offices of national-level religious denominations and faith-based groups. Organizations participating in WISC (of which, FAN is one) work on a range of public policy issues, and seek to contribute a moral and faith-informed perspective to the discourse and advocacy around these topics. WISC has several working groups that focus on issues of particular concern to the faith-based community.

The WISC Working Group on Human Trafficking was formed in 2015 in recognition of a growing awareness among people of all faiths regarding the oppression and injustice of human trafficking and a burgeoning movement within the faith-based community to end all forms of modern-day slavery. The Working Group is intended to serve as a resource and a catalyst for the faith community as it seeks to engage more deeply with the issue and work shoulder-to-shoulder with governments and civil society to help end trafficking.

Because January is Human Trafficking month, we are proud to promote this Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking. It contains information on the basics of human trafficking along with impacts on children and faith-based resources from 5 different religious traditions. You can download the toolkit here.

To access the Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking, click here. 

More/Leave a Comment