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Human Trafficking

“As Catholics, we have an obligation to protect, advocate, and to serve the most vulnerable among us. The victims of human trafficking are certainly among the most traumatized and vulnerable in our communities. My hope is that we can partner together to focus our communities and our nation on this problem in much more substantive ways and to create a strategic Catholic response to this horrific human condition.”

- Fr. Larry Snyder, FADICA Conference 2011

In keeping with the teachings of the Church, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) upholds the belief in the dignity of every human being and the right to a dignified life, free from violence and fear. We also uphold the right of every person to access what is necessary to live a dignified life—including food, clothing, and shelter. Trafficking violates these fundamental beliefs.

We have joined our agencies in advocating for programs that identify and help victims of human trafficking. We seek to provide trafficking victims hope and a chance at a new life of their own design. The policy positions of CCUSA concerning human trafficking are rooted in Catholic Social Teaching and the experience of nearly 50 local agencies that run programs in support of hundreds of trafficking victims annually.

Recently, Catholic Charities USA, working with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University, completed a research study of Catholic Charities agencies currently providing services to victims of human trafficking. Findings include demographics of victims served, gaps in services for victims, and challenges for social service agencies.

Find out more about the study’s findings and CCUSA’s ongoing work in the fight to end human trafficking: