Stand Against Human Trafficking

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The Catholic Church describes human trafficking as an affront to the God-given dignity of the human person. The Church stands resolutely against this modern-day slavery, which affects people in the United States and around the world. The Church in the United States educates about and advocates for an end to trafficking in the US and also addresses root causes of human trafficking globally.    

These resources can be used to help faith communities learn about and work to eradicate human trafficking:


A prayer for all those who are victims of human trafficking and that we join together to end this modern-day slavery 

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A flyer with statistics about human trafficking and Catholic Relief Services’ efforts to combat it globally

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Legislative Advocacy

An action alert that asks members of Congress to support anti-human trafficking programs that combat child labor, forced labor, and trafficking in persons. You can also submit an op-ed.

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Community Awareness Toolkit

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' SHEPHERD toolkit of resources for faith communities to raise awareness about human trafficking

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A video that describes the darkness of human trafficking and urges people to turn on the light 

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Fair Trade

Buying fair trade products supports businesses that treat workers fairly. Learn more about how to get your faith community involved with fair trade and read a story about how one fair trade organization helps prevent the exploitation of workers.    


Visit CRS’ page about human trafficking for stories about our work and additional information.