Human trafficking is the global trade in persons through the recruiting, harboring, transporting, providing, and/or obtaining a person for compelled labor or commercial sex acts through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. Nearly every country on earth is complicit in this pernicious practice by sourcing, transiting, or fueling the demand for trafficked persons. According to the International Labor Organization there are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking globally, including 5.5 million children.
An issue of longstanding passion, service, and advocacy within The Episcopal Church, combating human trafficking is also a priority for the 114th Congress. Our voices as Episcopalians will be needed in the upcoming months to ensure that our decision makers are aware of the need to address this issue and that, as stated in our resolutions, Congress addresses human trafficking that prioritizes victim recovery and reintegration into society.
To support this education and advocacy, the Episcopal Public Policy Network has created a Human Trafficking Resource Page that we used as a source for the resources below. On this page you will find resources for congregations, dioceses, statistics and info graphics, statements from the Presiding Bishop, and information about proposed legislation.
Are you working to combat human trafficking or do you have a resource to share with the church? Please email email@example.com to have your contribution added!
Photos from a presentation to Deacons-In-Formation by Muriel Rains, chair of the Anti-Human Trafficking Commission (click here)
Many individual Episcopalians, Episcopal congregations, and dioceses are engaged in the work of combatting human trafficking. We are listing varied initiatives happening across the country below. Please let us know if would like your ministry to be featured, and we will add you to the list! Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The resolutions of the Episcopal Church call for anti-trafficking legislation that is “action oriented” and focused on the “recovery and reintegration of trafficking victims into society.” While more than 20 bills focused on combating human trafficking have been introduced in the 114th Congress, below are the current bills most in-line with our resolutions.