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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
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
This past Lent CCOAHT embarked on a national postcard campaign against human trafficking in our seafood supply chains. As many Catholics eat fish and abstain from meat during Lent to be in greater solidarity with those in need, the campaign highlighted the growing demand among US Catholics that their seafood be free of the taint of slave labor. The Coalition created and distributed two postcards, one addressed to Costco and the other to StarKist, which asked that these companies do all in their power to guarantee that their supply chains are free of forced labor. The Coalition profoundly thanks the thousands of people who signed and sent the postcards, making this campaign a great awareness-raising success.
The CCOAHT is now working collaboratively with representatives of the fishing industry to find ways to effectively identify and report incidences of human trafficking in the seafood supply chain.
If you would like to mark this year's National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for Mariners and People of the Sea on May 23rd, please download the Coalition's informative flyer.
If you have any questions about the Lenten Postcard Campaign and subsequent steps the Coalition has taken against slavery in the seafood supply chain, please contact MRSTraff@usccb.org.
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