Anti-Trafficking Newsletter
March  2020  

Human Trafficking Academy - Addressing Labor Trafficking Domestically and Abroad

July 27-31, 2020 

The renowned John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University School of Law will host a 5 day certification program on labor trafficking, which occurs in industries as wide ranging as agriculture and construction to domestic work and manufacturing. Learn how YOU can deepen your knowledge on a form of trafficking that is still widely unknown and ignored, despite its high prevalence in the United States and throughout the world. 


"Blunting the
 Scourge of Trafficking"

Take a look at a recent CNS article highlighting the work of Catholics - from religious congregations to investors - in stemming the tide of sex and labor trafficking!
Faith and Justice Summit on Human Trafficking
Sunday, March 14
Live in Connecticut?  If so, join the Archdiocese of Hartford for a day of inspiring stories, experienced advocates, and valuable insights on the fight to eradicate human trafficking in this important New England State.


Would you like to exchange promising practices regarding anti-trafficking efforts this month 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

Use your Purchasing Power 
to Combat Maritime Trafficking
Join the 2020 Labeling for Lent Campaign!

This campaign in sponsored by the Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT). Thank you to the John J.Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy for the picture above.

During Lent, Catholics eat more fish to be in greater solidarity with men, women, and children in need.  This includes caring for those catching our seafood, many of whom are victims of exploitation and labor trafficking, Labeling for Lent is a national initiative to urge seafood producers, suppliers, and retailers to make public, through product labeling or other means, their efforts to fight human trafficking in their product supply chains.

This year, the Labeling for Lent Campaign seeks to encourage the wholesale company Sysco to better inform its customers (schools, restaurants, health care facilities)  about efforts they are making to ensure their supply chains are free of forced labor.

It is important to appreciate Sysco's efforts to prioritize  seafarers and fishers' labor rights. Per Sysco's 2019 social responsibility report, top priorities include "responsible sourcing to ensure fair treatment of workers and communities". The next step is to make these efforts widely known to Sysco customers so they can make informed and ethical selections when deciding which seafood products to purchase!


Step Two: Learn more about human trafficking at sea and how your organization can order and send postcards to Sysco. Visit the following websites:



Greensburg Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Prayer & Outreach Group to Combat Trafficking

Last month, the Greensburg DCCW  Prayer & Outreach Group to Combat Human Trafficking held their 5th Annual St. Bakhita Day of Prayer & Education. The group moves their event on an annual basis to a different parish in the diocese to  reach more churches, groups, and individuals. This year,  Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Monessen was host. They encouraged individuals to bring in new or gently used bras for Free the Girls , an organization that provides safe economic opportunities for survivors of sex trafficking.  Janet Berna of the Pittsburgh Diocese and a Fair-Trade Ambassador with SERVV, had a variety of domestic and international items available. Attendees also were led in a prayer service and Shepherd presentation that introduced them to the life of St. Josephine Bakhita. 

Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte's Respect Life Program and Anti-Trafficking Task Force

Over 120 people attended an educational event in Mooresville on human trafficking and how to combat it in their everyday lives. The event, co-sponsored by St. Therese Church and Catholic Charities Diocese of Charlotte's Respect Life Program and Anti-Trafficking Task Force, began with a mass and continued with a fair trade sale. Kara Grifin, a member of the task force and parishioner of St. Matthew's Church in Charlotte, encourages the purchase of ethically sourced coffee, sugar, jewelry, and clothes as an important way to help prevent forced labor in the supply chains of the products we love. 

Our Lady of the Chesapeake Catholic Church
Pasadena, Maryland

Earlier this year, Our Lady of Chesapeake Parish worked to support survivors of human trafficking by collecting "Pocket Change for Hope and Freedom".  All proceeds went to Catholic Relief Services for the purchase of Survivor Kits for trafficked girls.
Learn more about how this Maryland parish is "taking charge in human trafficking awareness" by reading an article from the
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