January Meeting Guide: I am Human Trafficking

[Note: As a new effort to support CRS Student Ambassadors, each month we will release a guide for your on-campus meetings.  This will serve to provide relevant updates as well as an opportunity for ongoing education and reflection on the mission of CRS.  You can find other months' Meeting Guides here, which can be used flexibly and adapted as needed.]

January 2018

Key Theme: "The Four Ps" of Human Trafficking

Opening Prayer

Oh God, we didn't see them.
But you did
The hundreds and thousands of human beings
Trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in
modern-day slavery.

Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plow fields,
harvest crops, work quarries, fill brothels, clean homes, and haul water.
Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs
and small shoulders for bearing rifles.

Their labor is forced, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden
from those who don't really want to see them.
But you see them all, God of the poor.

You hear their cry and you answer
by opening our eyes, and breaking our hearts
and loosening our tongues to insist:
No mas. No More.


Community Building

  • Welcome any new ambassadors & do introductions
  • Suggested Icebreaker Question of the Month: If you could sit on a bench in a beautiful woods, who would you like sitting next to you on the bench and why?

Catholic Social Teaching: Dignity of Work & Rights of the Worker

  • Watch: CST 101 Video: Dignity of Work & Rights of the Worker
  • Reflect:
    • Why does every person have a right to decent work?
    • Where are the dignity of work or the rights of workers violated or protected— both in your own community and around the world?
    • How can our purchasing choices impact whether others’ rights are violated or protected?? 

CRS on the Ground: The Four Ps of Human Trafficking

Act Now: Advocate to Congress to end Human Trafficking

Planning Time

  • Review highlights and challenges from any recent events or activities. Are there any changes you would make for the future? Do you have any examples of success that you could share with CRS or other campuses?
  • What events/programs are upcoming? Do you have the resources you need?
  • Do you want to incorporate what you have learned about human trafficking into any programming, advocacy, or fundraising this year? 

Closing & Next Steps

  • What are the action items that need to be completed before your next event or meeting? Have they been clearly identified and assigned?
  • Reminder:

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