Bangkok, Shanghai, Rome, Las Vegas, Atlanta, Toledo and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, are all cities in which human trafficking – modern day slavery – is a serious problem. Do any of the names surprise you? It is easy to believe that human trafficking is a problem in foreign cities or in large US cities, but the truth is that humans – children, women and men – are being trafficked in your community no matter how large or small. How? Because traffickers take advantage of those who are vulnerable, especially young woman and men, and they are found in every community.
Diocesan Convention 2007 passed a resolution calling for a human trafficking curriculum to be made available to every parish to educate us about this offense against humanity. The curriculum and support materials are now ready for your use. You do not need a trained facilitator, just someone interested enough to read through the curriculum and supporting materials. It will take about 90 minutes to work through in its entirety, a single evening or consecutive Sundays should be plenty of time.
We realize that this may be a difficult topic for many people and they may choose to believe that it does not touch them in any way, but as long as our young people are being lured into a life of slavery, it affects each one of us. We hope that you will choose to offer the curriculum at your parish in the coming year. All the needed material (the curriculum, posters and a reference guide) can be downloaded here.
Human Trafficking Curriculum
Human Trafficking Resource Guide
Human Trafficking posters
Hard copies are also available through the Diocesan Office.