"This is a human rights issue, and we can do something about it."
Sister Mary Ellen DoughertyMigration and Refugee Services United States Conference of Catholic Bishops"Just remember: YIMBY — 'Yes, in my back yard'"Cherie Sammis, RN Providence Hospital, Washington, DC Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. Victims are subjected to force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of commercial sex or forced labor. Victims are children, teenagers, women, and men. Human trafficking is widespread throughout the world and in the United States. It is estimated that up to 17,000 victims are trafficked into the United States each year. Relatively few of these victims are identified and rescued because they are hidden and afraid. Catholic and other health care organizations and their health care professionals can help victims of human trafficking by being alert to the problem and realizing patients they are treating may be victims. You can help by:
Find Out MoreThese websites can help you find important information and resources for helping victims of human trafficking, such as these key organization that offer information and resource materials:
If you think someone is a victim of human trafficking, call the Trafficking Information and Referral Hotline: (888) 373-7888.
Pope Francis Appeal
On Wednesday, May 1, 2013, Pope Francis launched an urgent appeal to Christians and men and women of goodwill worldwide to take decisive steps to end slave labor. " … How many people worldwide are victims of this type of slavery, in which the person is at the service of his or her work, while work should offer a service to people so they may have dignity. I ask my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking in persons, which includes "slave labor."
> Access the full text of the pope's May 1 general audience.
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