A cornerstone of our Catholic faith is God’s call to offer a hand to those in need, which is why, at Catholic Charities agencies across the country, we are committed to sharing God’s love and mercy through programs that provide supportive and empowering services to our most vulnerable brothers and sisters.
Among those are victims of human trafficking, a truly dehumanizing horror that robs people of their independence and dignity. Local agencies across the country are striving to offer counseling services, access to legal support, and employment assistance to help in the process of recovery so that victims can reclaim their lives and begin anew.
In our determination to provide a safe space for personal and spiritual healing for trafficking victims, Catholic Charities USA partnered with the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA) at Georgetown University to evaluate the effectiveness of our programming and assess challenges to greater success. While it was encouraging to see that we’re making a real difference in the lives of trafficking victims from diverse backgrounds who have sought aid at our doorsteps across the country, we have work yet to do. A significant challenge to our agencies is a shortage of funding and other resources to allocate to these efforts. As we continue to share our Lord’s light and aim to make a measurable difference in the lives of more victims of trafficking, we must respond creatively to the challenges that arise.
Here at Catholic Charities USA, we are hopeful that the findings of this report will help not only Catholic Charities USA and our local agencies, but also the broader community working to better serve victims of human trafficking in local communities across the country. With evidence-based improvements and bolstered commitment to this urgent cause, the Catholic Charities network will continue our dedicated efforts to reach all those impacted by human trafficking.