Anti-Trafficking Newsletter
January  2020  

2020 National Victim Assistance Academy 

The Office for Victims of Crime's Training and Technical Center  (OVCTTAC) offers training to enhance services and outreach to survivors of crime, including victims of human trafficking. If you are an anti-trafficking social service professional interested in an excellent management series, check out OVCTTAC's new 2020 training schedule  Also consider signing up for their Human Trafficking ListServ.

Human Trafficking Prayer Calendar from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange 

This engaging calendar will support you in your daily efforts to reflect and pray for the eradication of human trafficking starting on the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (January 11) to the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, which falls on the World Day of Prayer, Reflection,and Action against Human Trafficking (February 8).

Get your Calendar here in English and Spanish.

Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita - February 8, 2020
February 8th is the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was enslaved until asserting her freedom.  Her Feast Day has been designated the Catholic Church's World Day Of Prayer, Reflection, and Action against Human Trafficking. Hosting any prayer and/or awareness events?  Please write and we will highlight your activities via social media!


Would you like to exchange promising practices regarding anti-trafficking efforts this January and beyond?Join our Become a SHEPHERD Facebook Group - a safe place to learn from each other in building a robust Catholic response to trafficking in persons at the grass roots/community level!
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Whether alongside action  or on its own, praying for survivors and perpetrators of human trafficking "moves mountains" in the protection of victims and the fight against forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation.  St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Ann Arbor, Michigan shares with us their tips for launching an
Our Team
Associate Director of Anti-Trafficking

Case Monitoring Specialist 

Lisa Lungren, M.A.
National Outreach and Education Coordinator

It's Here!
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month is upon us!  According to the White House's Presidential Proclamation, "In addition to condemning human trafficking, 2020 highlights the 20-year anniversary of the passage of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 (TVPA). 

How YOU can participate: 
Download our Human Trafficking Prevention Month and World Day of Prayer Tool Kit!  It offers a range of exciting and important ways for you to work to end human trafficking in your community and help fight modern slavery in your dioceses, parishes, and community  groups. You  will find human trafficking talking points, samples letters to the editor, community engagement ideas, social media, prayer intercessions, and more!

January 11th:  

The National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness falls on January 11th, designated by our United States Congress 13 years ago.  How can you and your community become involved?    G rab your favorite piece of blue clothing and join the  DHS Blue Campaign  for the #WearBlueDay social media blast. Post your photo and announce to the world why you care about people who have been impacted by human trafficking.

USCCB Anti-Trafficking Case Monitor with Staff at Stella Maris Seafarer's Center in Manila

In December, ATP Case Monitor Joanna Quiambao visited the Apostleship of the Sea program with staff at the Stella Maris Center in Manila, Philippines. Joanna conducted a training on Mental Health for Victims of Human Trafficking and wellness for workers or service providers working directly with victims or survivors of human trafficking.  

Together, Jo and Stella Maris staff also reviewed USCCB's new online COMPASS modules designed to introduce a wide audience to more crucial aspects of trafficking at sea, as well as the seafood industry and the legal framework of maritime law.  Other topics include guidelines for safe shelter operations, promising practices for comprehensive shelter management services, and fraudulent recruitment practices in the maritime industry. These online modules are user friendly and free to anyone interested in understanding how forced labor at sea is a problem across the globe and what can be done to protect fishers and seafarers.  Interested in hearing more about Joanna's trip to Manila and the Stella Maris Seafarer Center in Manila?  Read Joanna's story!

The Stella Maris Seafarers Center offer  board and lodging and various support services for seafarers such as paralegal support, medical and health services, and spiritual counseling. Conditions on the sea vary and depending on the situation seafarers are exposed to, wellness and mental health are critical components for seafarers.

Join St. Thomas University School of Law
 Help Break the Cycle of Human Trafficking and Major Sporting Events 

Join St. Thomas University's Human Trafficking Academy on Saturday, January 25th as #OneTeam against Human Trafficking, not only surrounding the Super Bowl but all year  during major sporting events. This event, open to the public, includes an interfaith prayer gathering featuring guest speakers and survivors, followed by a reception and resource fair.    Register today!    In need of materials to raise awareness among parishioners and community members about the link between human trafficking and major sporting events?  Download and distribute this excellent resource published by the  U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking
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