A new innovative weapon in the fight against human trafficking and sex slavery is coming this year from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), more than a year after abortion politics led the Obama administration to kill federal funding for the Church’s top-rated anti-trafficking outreach effort. Nathalie Lummert, special-programs director at the USCCB’s Office of Migrant and Refugee Services (MRS), said, “We’re taking a decade of experience and now are rolling out a new program that brings communities directly into the fight against human trafficking.”
The new initiative of the U.S. bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program is USCCB’s new educational campaign, The Amistad Movement. The program reaches directly into at-risk urban and rural communities, where traffickers seek to blend their victims into the immigrant population. The program trains community leaders to identify victims, help rescue them and muster the support and resources they need.
The program will establish a permanent outreach presence in these communities, as trained leaders will have a new education curriculum and the know-how to train others. The hope is to create an expanding number of volunteers, who share the same language and culture of the victims, and so can help them navigate the system.
The first phase of the program begins this year and partners with parishes with vulnerable immigrant populations, such as indigenous Maya, recent Hispanic migrants and Haitians.
Learn more at Peter Jesserer Smith’s National Catholic Register article: U.S. Bishops Bring New Weapon to Human-Trafficking Fight.