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Who To Call

  • National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888

Georgia Cares

1-844-8GA-DMST

If someone is in immediate danger, CALL 911.

Human Trafficking Awareness Month

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While January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, as well as Human Trafficking Awareness Month, it is important to remember that we can always be working to prevent human trafficking by promoting equality and lifting up the most vulnerable in our society. To that end, June 2020 has been designated as the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Atlanta Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

From the substantially increased time we are spending in isolation and online to the economic fallout being faced by many in our communities, from the pornography crisis to the increased numbers of poor and vulnerable—now is a key time for us all, as individuals and as Church, to educate ourselves about sex and labor human trafficking. While it may seem like a problem too large to solve, there are steps we can all take to start making a change. This June, Catholics in North Georgia are being encouraged to spend at least one hour of their time to become more educated about sex and labor human trafficking.

We have partnered with the International Human Trafficking Institute (IHTI) to offer three courses tailor made for our Catholic community in North Georgia.

What You Need To Know To Keep Youth Safe Online

Youth are spending more and more time online with their phones and tablets. This increases their chances of being approached by a predator. Those seeking to exploit young people are online in popular sites such as TikTok, Minecraft, Fortnite, etc., pretending they are also a peer.

In this training, you will learn how predators approach youth online and which games and apps that they use. Parents and caregivers will receive a toolkit with instructions and information, even an animated age appropriate video “I Am Little Red” so you may “human traffick proof your child.”

Please choose the date and time that works best for your schedule.

Labor and Sexual Exploitation in Plain View

Human trafficking includes both labor and sexual exploitation. We may see it in our everyday lives, and don’t recognize it, because it is hidden in plain view. This training covers many forms of labor and sex trafficking—where it occurs, how traffickers recruit victims, and who are the customers. Surprisingly, our own consumer habits can drive labor trafficking.

Please choose the date and time that works best for your schedule.

What Men Can Do to Stop Sexual Exploitation: A Men’s Conversation

Most men oppose sex trafficking. Most men do not purchase sex. However, those who purchase sex and exploit children are 99% male. We cannot end sexual exploitation without male involvement. We urge men to join the conversation, led by the team from Men Stopping Violence, to become informed and engaged in essential conversations with their peers and younger men.

Please choose the date and time that works best for your schedule.

Sex Trafficking and COVID-19

As we face the Coronavirus pandemic, we must keep in mind that those who were vulnerable in the best of times suffer disproportionately in response. The International Human Trafficking Institute is offering a host of online training modules to continue to battle the sin of human trafficking.

Justice and Peace Ministries is also available to offer online presentations to your parish, school or community group. Please contact Kat Doyle to schedule a presentation.

What is Human Trafficking?

Many people conflate human trafficking with human smuggling. In truth, they are very different crimes. Human smuggling is the illegal movement of someone across the border. Human trafficking is the illegal exploitation of a person – it is based on exploitation, not transportation. Human trafficking is a highly profitable crime and a violation of human rights.

Labor vs. Sex Trafficking

Sex trafficking victims are manipulated or forced against their will to engage in sex acts for money. Sex traffickers might use violence, threats, manipulation, or the promise of love and affection to lure victims. Truck stops, hotel rooms, rest areas, street corners, clubs, private residences are just some of the places where victims are forced to sell sex. Any person under the age of 18 involved in a commercial sex act is considered a victim of human trafficking. No exemptions.

Forced labor takes on many forms. And it happens here in the U.S. and overseas. Through force, fraud, or coercion victims are made to work for little or no pay. Very often these victims are forced to manufacture or grow the products that we use and consume every day. Victims of forced labor can be found in factories on farms, doing construction work, and more. Victims of domestic servitude are hidden in plain sight, forced to work in homes across the United States. Their traffickers sometimes take their identification, papers, and travel documents in order to limit their freedom. They are prisoners working as nannies, maids, or domestic help. Every year in the United States, thousands of human trafficking cases are reported but many more go unnoticed.

What We Do

The mission of Justice and Peace Ministries is to educate and empower the faithful of the Archdiocese of Atlanta. Working with partner organizations like International Human Trafficking Institute and Street Grace, we seek to provide the faithful with the knowledge they need to see the signs of human trafficking and what actions they can take to stop it.

If you would like to offer this training in your parish, school, or community, contact Kat Doyle, Director of Justice and Peace Ministries, at kdoyle@archatl.com or 404-920-7897. We also offer presenter training, including a PowerPoint and script to follow, to anyone who would like to go out and offer the presentation themselves.

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