An Anti-Trafficking Awareness & Prevention campaign sponsored by the USCCB
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Everyone has the potential to be an advocate for victims of human trafficking, but, first, community members must learn the indicators of the crime, its warning signs, and how to respond to an apparent victim.
To learn the indicators of human trafficking and how you can report it, take this general awareness training by The Department of Homeland Security's Blue Campaign
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Due to their close interaction with children in the school system, educators and school officials are uniquely well-positioned to identify situations where children are experiencing potential abuse, including human trafficking. In order to further assist educators and school officials, the NHTRC has developed an online training tool entitled ‘Human Trafficking Awareness for Educators’. This training aims to raise awareness for educators and school officials on how human trafficking affects schools and students in the United States and offers best practices and suggestions for building a response to trafficking.
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Children and youth involved with the child welfare system due to abuse or neglect and then placed in foster care or group homes - as well as youth who are involved with the justice system, are homeless, or have run away--- are all at high risk of being trafficked?
Often the lack of stability in their living situation, physical distance from friends and family,
and emotional vulnerability put them at risk for traffickers who are actively seeking children
and teens to exploit. Youth as young as 9 years old, with difficult family situations or histories of trauma, can be at greater risk of human trafficking.
Recognizing the Signs:
Many assume that children at risk for victimization are neglected or from dysfunctional homes. However, all children, even those from supportive families, may be at risk of victimization.
In order to help protect children from online sexual predators, it is important that parents and guardians understand how children’s vulnerabilities may make them susceptible to manipulation by these predators.
By acting as guides, predators can exploit a child's curiosity and gradually lure children into sexual activity. Adolescents questioning their sexuality are even more at risk, as they may go online with the intent of finding support and companionship, instead, they may find adults looking to take advantage of this vulnerability.
See how the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children suggests keeping your kids safe... Read More
NO LONGER SLAVES, BUT BROTHERS AND SISTERS
Globalizing Fraternity, Not Slavery or Indifference (Pope Francis 2015)
“In the light of all this, I invite everyone, in accordance with his or her specific role and responsibilities, to practice acts of fraternity towards those kept in a state of enslavement. Let us ask ourselves, as individuals and as communities, whether we feel challenged when, in our daily lives, we meet or deal with persons who could be victims of human trafficking, or when we are tempted to select items which may well have been produced by exploiting others.
We know that God will ask each of us: What did you do for your brother? (cf. Gen 4:9-10). The globalization of indifference, which today burdens the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters, requires all of us to forge a new worldwide solidarity and fraternity capable of giving them new hope and helping them to advance with courage amid the problems of our time and the new horizons which they disclose and which God places in our hands…” Read Full Message...