It’s hidden, yet all around us. It’s invisible, yet in plain sight. The horror of human trafficking, both labor trafficking and sex trafficking, is increasing in our ever-shrinking world with the help of the internet, instant communication and the largest migration of humans in recorded history.
The vision of the Sisters of The Good Shepherd is that the worth and dignity of all human and created life is honored and celebrated.
The Sisters are committed to respond to the anguish of the world "by taking courageous steps to use our international resources effectively, to network and to… work zealously with women and children, especially those who are trafficked…"
To read their 2018 Position Paper on Human Trafficking in its entirety, click here. To read the complete series of Good Shepherd Position Papers, click here.
Human Trafficking is:
Human smuggling and human trafficking are different crimes. Smuggling is the illegal movement of someone across a border. Trafficking is the illegal exploitation of a person.
News / Updates
Sex Trafficking in our neighborhoods
Dawn's Place, a Philadelphia safe house for survivors of sex trafficking was featured in an article in Crux (July 25, 2018). The article focused on the executive director, Kathleen Coll, SSJ.
We applaud Sr. Kathleen's work, along with that of her colleague at Dawn's Place, Good Shepherd Sister Claudia Palacio,a NAC Advisory Board member, and the rest of the staff.
To learn more about the involvement of women religious in the effort to combat and respond to Human Trafficking, visit the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking website. Read the current issue of their monthly newsletter.
T Visas for Survivors at Risk
The Trump Administration is making it harder and more dangerous for trafficking survivors to seek and receive T Visas to stay in the United States, work and receive benefits while cooperating with the investigations against their traffickers.
Read more in Foreign Policy.
Calls for Church to Confront Its Own Links to Modern Slavery
John McCarthy, Q.C., a former ambassador to the Holy See (2012-2016), urges the church to look at its own connections to Human Trafficking, "By aggressively policing its own supply lines, the church could be an example for other large contemporary institutions to follow."
Read more in America.
Legislation - Take Action
Help the Children Get Out of the Mines
The Good Shepherd International Foundation produced the film ‘Maisha: A New Life Outside the Mines’ documenting the living conditions of the artisanal mining community in Kolwezi and the impact that this community development project is having. The film was shown at more than 10 film festivals and screenings throughout the world. It was awarded numerous honors, including Best Documentary Short Film at the 12th Human Rights Film Festival of Barcelona and Best Ethnografic Film at the Vaasa Festival 2016.
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