After a series of talks on the issues of immigration, ecological justice, human trafficking, environmental justice, and restorative justice, parishioners were invited to participate in a discernment process to choose a justice issue for the parish. Parishioners reflections were shared with the Advocacy Committee, who selected human trafficking because it had the most votes, was a clear cut issue about slavery; and the parish had local groups to partner with on the issue. The committee is in the process of putting together a multi-year plan of action.
Slavery isn’t dead. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is the illegal trade of people for exploitation or commercial gain. It is a form of modern day slavery. Human trafficking enslaves at least 20 to 30 million men, women, and children each year.
Concrete steps that can be taken to stop human trafficking: advocate for improved laws, policies, and protocols. Advocate for victims rights.