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USCCB's Amistad Movement Tackles
Human Trafficking

Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.
                — USCCB Committee on Migration, November 10, 2013

Nearly 17,000 men, women and children are trafficked from overseas each year, according to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Anti-Trafficking Program.

Amistad MovementIn 2013, the USCCB's Committee on Migration organized the Amistad Movement, a re-tool of their advocacy and action efforts to protect victims of human trafficking. The Movement's research showed 70% of victims are trafficked into the U.S. for labor, while 30% are trafficked for sexual exploitation. About 8% of victims, she said, fall into both categories.

The Amistad Movement reaches directly into at-risk urban and rural communities, where traffickers seek to blend their victims into the immigrant population. The program trains community leaders to identify victims, help rescue them and muster the support and resources they need.

First-hand account on human trafficking: see USCCB video

Amistad Movement tackles Human Trafficking


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To protect Jesus with Mary, to protect the whole of creation, to protect each person, especially the poorest, to protect ourselves: this is a service that the Bishop of Rome is called to carry out, yet one to which all of us are called, so that the star of hope will shine brightly. Let us protect with love all that God has given us!

Pope Francis
St. Peter's Square
March 19, 2013


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