Human Trafficking Overview

What is human trafficking? 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.

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.
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Human Trafficking Awareness Resources from CHA

Developed to raise awareness among staff of CHA member organizations of the problem of human trafficking, CHA has developed a flyer on the chocolate trade as well as two general awareness posters — FREE for CHA members!

Faithfully United Against Human TraffickingFaithfully United Against Human Trafficking
Download a copy:
8.5x11 (English)
8.5x11 (Spanish)
11x17 (English)
11x17 (Spanish)

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Recoginize the Face of Human TraffickingRecognize the Face of Human Trafficking
Download a copy:
8.5x11 (English)
8.5x11 (Spanish)
11x17 (English)
11x17 (Spanish)

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Easter-Themed Card about Cocoa TradeHuman Trafficking Initiative — Easter-Themed Flyer about the Cocoa Trade
» Download a flyer
» Order copies of the flyer
» Order copies of a card

 

Prayers

A prayer about human trafficking (Sisters of Christian Charity, Eastern Province, USA)

A prayer to end human Trafficking (Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.)


Prayers

A prayer about human trafficking (Sisters of Christian Charity, Eastern Province, USA)

A prayer to end human Trafficking (Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.)


Prayers

A prayer about human trafficking (Sisters of Christian Charity, Eastern Province, USA)

A prayer to end human Trafficking (Sisters of Charity of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, N.J.)


Human Trafficking Educator Honored at 2019 Assembly

Holly Austin Gibbs, director, Human Trafficking Response Program, Dignity Health, San Francisco, a member of CommonSpirit Health, received the Sister Concilia Moran Award for demonstrated creativity and breakthrough thinking.
Read the Catholic Health World article
Watch the video


Additional Websites

These 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.


January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, with Jan. 11 the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, followed by Feb. 8, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, which has been designated as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. These observances call on Catholic health ministry to unite and raise awareness about the issue of human trafficking.

For this purpose, CHA has several resources available:

Please Share on Social Media!

Please use the hashtag #humantrafficking as well as #CatholicHealth as you share your important work to combat human trafficking and serve those who are victims.

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Do you have a quote or message to add to the campaign? Email us at webteam@chausa.org to request a graphic creation.

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Pope Francis Decries Human Trafficking

In July, 2018, Pope Francis urged all people to combat the “shameful crime” of human trafficking. During remark in St. Peter’s Square, Francis decried that many adults and children are trafficked into slavery for forced labor, sex businesses, organ trafficking, begging rackets and other criminal activities.
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