Contribution of Catholic Social Teaching
Marking the 120th anniversary of its publication, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference issued a summary statement on Leo XIII's encyclical Rerum Novarum. Written in 1891, Rerum Novarum is considered to be the first papal encyclical to form what we now consider a full body of Catholic social teaching and which has a particular focus on the dignity and rights of workers. 7 pages.
This USCCB document will familiarize you with the issue of human trafficking and the Church's position on this “horrific crime against the fundamental rights and dignity of the human person.” 2 pages.
In his 2015 World Day of Peace message, Francis asks “my brothers and sisters in faith and all men and women of good will for a decisive choice to combat trafficking of person, which includes ‘slave labor'.”
Human Trafficking is All Around You
In her TED Talk, journalist Noy Thrupkaew discusses the relevance of human trafficking to people’s daily lives and exposes common misconceptions about the nature of human trafficking and the populations that this crime affects. 18:52 minutes.
Catholic Relief Services Resources
“You may not see the problem, but it’s there. … It’s happening around the world every day.” Learn more about what you may not know about human trafficking and identify ways to help.
This webpage gives basic information and features several videos and other resources describing what human trafficking is, how CRS responds, and how others can get involved.
This animated video shows how Catholic Relief Services uses a strategy of prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership in its anti-trafficking work. 2:44 minutes.
Trafficking in Persons Report
The Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP), produced annually by the U.S. Department of State, assesses how effectively countries around the world are combating human trafficking by placing them at different tiers based on their efforts. Recommended reading: "Overview" Pages 2-3, 8-9, 17, 25-26, 28, 38-39, and 53; "Survivors’ Stories" Pages 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, and 21. 454 pages total.
Unfinished Business: A Comparative Survey of Historical and Contemporary Slavery
This book discusses the history of slavery, the difficulty in quantifying the number of slaves, and the similarities/differences between historical slavery and contemporary slavery. Recommended reading: pages 23-24 (end of first full paragraph), 27-28 (before final paragraph), 30-33, 35, 45-50 (contemporary forms of slavery), and 102-112 (specific country case studies.) 141 pages.
The Polaris Project: Typology of Modern Slavery
The Polaris Project, a leader in the global fight to eradicate modern slavery, explains the varied manifestations of human trafficking around the world on this webpage, which provides short, paragraph-long summaries. These are taken from the full 80-page The Typology of Modern Slavery report.
The United Nations Human Rights Commission defines human trafficking and advocates both for protection of survivors as well as prevention in the “Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons Especially Women and Children,” more commonly known as the “Palermo Protocol.” Adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly on November 15, 2000. Pay attention to Article 3. 10 pages.
How to Combat Modern Slavery
Kevin Bales, a prominent expert in anti-trafficking efforts, delivers a TED talk addressing what constitutes modern-day slavery and how being informed about supply chains is important for combating it. 17:46 minutes.