Our Christian faith "forbids acts or enterprises that, for any reason, lead to the enslavement of
human beings – to their being bought, sold, and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their
personal dignity." Catechism of the Catholic Church, 2414
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has declared: “Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person. All efforts must be expended to end it. … We urge Catholics to work together to identify survivors of human trafficking and to help rescue them from their bondage.” Because this is also a serious local concern, Archbishop J. Peter Sartain has taken the lead in forming an ecumenical/interfaith coalition committed to the abolishment of human trafficking.
ACTION ALERT: Join the USCCB's Anti-Trafficking Campaign
The USCCB has launched the Become a SHEPHERD campaign (Stop Human trafficking And Exploitation. Protect, Help, Empower, And Restore Dignity) to educate Catholics on human trafficking. The Bishops urge Catholics to participate in the upcoming February 8th Day of Prayer for Survivors and Victims of Human Trafficking.
United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)
Find out more about Church teaching on human trafficking as well as background information and how you can help.
Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center (IPJC)
Over many years, the Seattle-based IPJC has developed an extensive collection of information and resources concerning the scourge of human trafficking (including material in Spanish). These resources include a listing of organizations in the Pacific Northwest and a webinar for use in 7th and 8th grade classrooms.