Special Calendar Dates
- January 11 is Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Human trafficking, or trafficking in persons, is one of the world's largest organized criminal enterprises, somewhere between drugs and guns. Millions are held against their will for slave labor and sex work, including tens of thousands in the US. Half of them are children. Human trafficking is growing because slave labor is profitable and because poverty makes so many vulnerable to exploitation.
Human Trafficking Awareness and Advocacy
The 2009 UCC Synod Resolution and 2011 Disciples Assembly Resolution against human trafficking called on members and congregations of our churches to engage in education about the issue of trafficking in persons and advocacy efforts to end this criminal and abusive practice.
There are several things you and your congregation can do to raise awareness and take action to end human trafficking:
- Take Action! Urge your Senators to protect homeless youth from human trafficking
- January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month and Global Ministries recognizes January 11 as Human Trafficking Awareness Day – a day to bring awareness to the world-wide crisis also known as modern day slavery.
- You can share information about the National Human Trafficking Resources Center Hotline by printing out this flyer and posting it on your church bulletin board or in places like bathroom stalls.
If you need help or have a tip, call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1 (888) 373-7888.
The National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) is a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the United States, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in more than 200 languages. The NHTRC’s mission is to connect human trafficking victims and survivors to critical support and services to get help and stay safe, and to equip the anti-trafficking community with the tools to effectively combat all forms of human trafficking. The NHTRC offers round-the-clock access to a safe space to report tips, seek services, and ask for help.
The NHTRC is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government. In an emergency, call 911.
Get involved through the Trafficking Resource Center:
- Report a tip
- Connect with anti-trafficking services in your area
- Find training and technical assistance, general information, or specific anti-trafficking resources
Resources on Trafficking in Persons
- 2017 Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking
- Global Ministries Projects Addressing Human Trafficking
- Disciples Women Resources on Human Trafficking
- Justice and Witness Ministries Resources on Human Trafficking
- Common Lot Summer 2011 issue Human Trafficking: A Faithful Response to a 21st Century Challenge
- Global Ministries Council of Theological Students 2009 Newsletter on Human Trafficking
- U.S. State Department 2016 Trafficking in Persons Report
- UN 2016 Global Report on Trafficking in Persons
- The major interfaith statement against trafficking released by the Pope and other religious leaders in 2014
- Slaves Among Us, A Bible Study for the International Disciples Women’s Ministries, LaVerne Thorpe
- The Sum of Justice for Human Trafficking: Prayer of Lament and Libation, Rev. Waltrina N. Middleton (Download)
A Litany of Commitment to address Human Trafficking during the Super Bowl, Rev. Loey Powell (Download)
- 5 Ways to End Human Trafficking: a collection of additional resources including reports, remarks, books, films, and action steps.
More Information on Trafficking in Persons
- Alliance to End Slavery and Trafficking (ATEST)
- Coalition of Immokalee Workers
- Free the Slaves
- Freedom Network USA Provides training for community-based agencies and networks.
- Know the Chain A resource to understand and address forced labor abuses �within supply chains.
- National Human Trafficking Resource Center
- Not for Sale Campaign
- Polaris Project Offers state-by-state information on local resources and all pending state and federal anti-trafficking legislation.
- Slavery Footprint A tool to use to avoid products that contribute to slave labor.
- U.S. State Department, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
- United Nations, Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking