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Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking

 

About the Coalition 

The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking consists of national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking. The main purposes of the Coalition are to:

  • Formulate plans for combating trafficking and serving its victims

  • Promote development of services for trafficking victims and approaches to empowerment of trafficking victims

  • Dialogue with government officials and others engaged in public policies affecting this issue

  • Devise strategies for public education, awareness-raising and grass roots action.

More than twenty Catholic organizations form the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking. Each organization has its own network of concerned citizens who can work together to further the commitment to combat trafficking. Coalition organizations engage in combating human trafficking by

  • Providing safe haven for trafficked adolescents and young adults in the U.S.
  • Delivering direct services to adult and child trafficking victims in the U.S. and overseas

  • Conducting prevention projects overseas, especially in Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America

  • Providing national training and technical assistance on the issue of trafficking

  • Meeting with government officials, including Senators and Representatives in the U.S. Congress, and representatives from the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking in Persons, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Department of Justice

Lenten Postcard Campaign

This Lenten season CCOAHT has embarked on a national postcard campaign against human trafficking in our seafood supply chains. As many Catholics eat fish and abstain from meat to be in greater solidarity with those in need, we are urging a greater vigilance on the part of our suppliers to ensure that the seafood we eat is not tainted by slave labor.

The Coalition has created two postcards, one addressed to Costco and the other to StarKist, which asks that these companies do all in their power to guarantee that their supply chains are free of forced labor. You can download the postcards here and here, sign your name, and mail into each company. 

If your parish, school, or social justice ministry would like printed and stamped versions of the postcards, contact us at cljunquist@usccb.org.




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