Anti-Trafficking Newsletter
November 2019

New Vicarious Trauma
Resource Page!

As individuals and organizations dedicated  to combatting trafficking and supporting survivors, we encourage you to be mindful and  implement self-care. Visit OVCTTAC's new vicarious trauma page, with resources to help you address potential vicarious trauma in a proactive manner.
"Exposure to traumatic experiences is an inevitable occupational challenge for people working in fields of victim services."
 Click here for the OVCTTAC Trauma Guide


Leveraging the Power of our Pocket to Reduce Demand for Labor Trafficking!

It's that time again - messages surrounding  Black Friday and Christmas gifts abound.  Make this season a opportunity to reflect upon our power as consumers to hold companies accountable for the wellbeing and protection of workers throughout the supply chain.  How to begin? Start with this handy consumer guide created by Catholic Charities of Central Florida:

Ending Child Labor, Forced Labor and Human Trafficking in Global Supply Chains  
Interested in increasing your understanding on how human trafficking manifests itself in supply chains? Want to hear about the most recent recommendations on how to incentivize responsible business conduct to mitigate this crime?  Check out the International Labour Organization's November publication on this very topic

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

Native American Heritage Month

During November, we all receive the gift of celebrating Native American Heritage month - a time to publicly recognize the vital contributions and rich traditions of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and First Nations. It is also a reminder to continually acknowledge and address both the historical and current struggles faced by Native Americans.
 A National Congress of American Indians study of four cities/counties in the U.S. and Canada found that approximately 40% of surveyed female survivors of sex trafficking identified as American Indians. However, Native Americans are largely overlooked as victims. The National Institute of Justice reports that an estimated 56% of American Indian women experience sexual violence in their lifetime. Despite the correlation between sexual violence and human trafficking, there were only 14 federal investigations and 2 federal prosecutions in Indian Country from 2013 to 2016. 
Delve deeper into human trafficking investigations involving Native Americans by reading  the GAO testimony before the Committee on Indian Affairs of the U.S. Senate, in 2017. For additional insight on the prevalence of trafficking on Indian Reservations and factors inhibiting prosecutions due to "a tangled web of state and federal statutes on Indian Land", download the following article published by the Tulsa Law Review: Sex Trafficking on Indian Reservations .  

Equipping Native Youth with Tools
to Address Trafficking

While human trafficking creates a devastating effect on tribal communities, there continues to be little understanding at how to address it  The Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP) of the Department of Health and Human Services is helping to fill this gap.  Their human trafficking tool kit for Native Youth takes into consideration "the unique cultural aspects of this demographic and acknowledges from the outset that trafficking is outside of Native traditions."   It also encourages youth to speak with their tribal elders. 


Don't Miss your Opportunity
Join the SHEPHERD Facebook Group

Are you a leader or member of a parish, diocese, or faith-based community group interested in launching or enhancing local efforts to combat human trafficking?  Do you have an anti-trafficking ministry at your church and are looking for peer support?  Become a member of the Become a Shepherd Facebook Group - a space to share promising practices and to learn from each other in building a national Catholic response to trafficking in persons at the grass roots/community level!
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Dicastery For Promoting
Integral Human Development
Message on the Occasion of World Fisheries Day

World Fisheries Day is in November. Thus, we  would like to pass along a message from the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development reminding us to  reflect upon the importance of this "essential sector for the survival and food necessity of millions of people around the world..."  It also acknowledges that our fishers and seafarers are employed in "one of the most perilous professions in the world" with "cases of abuses, precarious working conditions, false contracts, and even slavery" taking place on a regular basis. 
We can work to protect  men and women who dedicate their lives to our sustenance. We can "raise awareness among consumers, who influence decisions and market through their choices of companies, so as to favor a more humane and dignified work environment."  
We can also join together as Catholics this coming Lenten Season for the 2020 Labeling for Lent Campaign, organized by the CCOAHT - Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking. As a collective unit of people of faith, we are a force to be reckoned with! 
Stay tuned for how YOU can participate with CCOAHT in the 2020 Labeling for Lent Campaign!

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