Catholic Response to Combat Human Trafficking

The Catholic Church stands firmly against human trafficking, which is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person. Every effort must be made to stop it.

We urge everyone to participate in a private prayer effort during January, National Human Trafficking Prevention Month, by reciting a novena for victims of slavery and human trafficking. Let us lift our voices and hearts and invoke the intercession of St. Josephine Bakhita for all persecuted and enslaved brothers and sisters.

Additionally, members of our Catholic Teaching committee have arranged free movie screenings of Sound of Freedom. Open discussions following the film will allow reflection and meaningful exchange on this unsettling issue. Wallet-sized information cards and keychains will be handed out that you can carry with you as a reminder to be vigilant and prepared to report suspected trafficking cases. Become a SHEPHERD and do what you can to Stop Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Protect, Help, Empower, and Restore Dignity.

Selected Resources to Promote Ethical Consumption to Combat Slavery

Slavery Footprint Survey (see how much forced labor is involved in producing the goods you consume)

Learn More Videos: What Is Human Trafficking

Prayer to St Bakhita


Learn More

Tools That Teach: What is Human Trafficking? (video from the Department of Homeland Security)

Stop Slavery (video produced by the US Catholic Conference of Bishops)

Resources to Promote Ethical Consumption to Combat Slavery

2022 List of Goods Produced by Child Labor or Forced Labor
Global Estimates of Modern Slavery
Sweat & Toil (free app documenting child labor and forced labor worldwide)
Trafficking In Persons Report June 2023
End Slavery Now  Slave Free Buying Guide
The Typology of Modern Slavery
Fr. Thomas Dubay’s “Happy Are You Poor: The Simple Life and Spiritual Freedom” (book available for purchase on Amazon)