Anti-Trafficking Newsletter
MAY 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.

Human Trafficking and the Coronavirus on a International Scale

For a more global understanding of how the coronavirus is impacting human trafficking, listen to

Sign the Labeling for Lent Petition!

LABELING FOR LENT is a national initiative of the Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking to urge seafood companies  to make public, through product labeling or other means, their efforts to fight human trafficking in their product supply chains.

Our online petition, beautifully designed by the U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking is still open. Help us reach our goal of a minimum of 1,000 signatures to  engage the Sysco Corporation.  We cannot do this without you. Please sign and send to friends via social media. Thank you!


Join the Become a SHEPHERD Facebook Group - a safe place to exchange promising practices and support one another as we combat combat trafficking in persons at the parish, grass roots, and community level! Let's learn from each other to strengthen the Catholic response to combat modern-day slavery and protect survivors. Hope to see you soon!
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Our Team
Associate Director of Anti-Trafficking

Case Monitoring Specialist 

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

"Advocates Fight Traffickers who Continue to Thrive Despite Pandemic"
Catholic News Services Article!
A dvocates are pressing for increased funding in federal legislation to respond to traffickers who are leveraging the coronavirus pandemic to exploit their victims through new online venues. These advocates are also working to inform parents , children, and vulnerable adults  about how to say safe   during this time of increased internet usage due to restricted mobility and stay at home orders. Read more about advocates' concerns and what type of collaboration is needed among anti-trafficking coalitions, legislators, service providers. Check out the following  Catholic News Services article.

"Safety Beyond Hand-washing  during
 the COVID-19 Outbreak"
ECPAT-USA works tirelessly to protect youth from commercial sexual exploitation. They are fighting back in response to reports of an ever increasing supply of "adult" online content, which often includes images of girls and boys. ECPAT USA has free Online Safety Guides for Youth and Parents & Educator s. They are encouraging all of us to read their guides and to take action to end online exploitation. How? Update your privacy settings to protect your household and then spread the word! Take a Photo with  #ReadItSetIt  sign and post on social media!

What is Verité Saying about the Nexus between COVID 19 and Labor Trafficking?

Verité has identified a range of factors that heighten workers' vulnerability to human trafficking, and that are likely to worsen during COVID-19 . Read about the categories of workers most at risk during the pandemic and the reasons behind this vulnerability, including migrant workers, workers newly employed in high risk jobs due to layoffs, and workers employed in sectors with "production booms". Become familiar with Verite's recommendations to companies on how to help prevent human trafficking in their supply chains at this fragile time. CCOVID-19 and Forced Labor

Trafficking is Hidden in our Local Restaurants
Polarislatest blog asks us to remember and be aware of restaurant workers - many of whom are "more isolated and vulnerable than ever", particularly immigrants and low wage staff. We as patrons are unlikely to see signs since men and women at risk of exploitation are usually in the back of the restaurant performing tasks such as cooking or dish-washing.  However, fellow workers, restaurant suppliers, and code inspectors are in a position to notice red flags. And we as restaurant patrons, can let owners know that we care about and are concerned about the treatment, health and safety of their workers. For more Polaris blogs related to our country's public health crisis go to  Polaris and the Coronavirus.
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