The Amistad Movement
Like the captives aboard the Amistad slave ship who revolted and won their freedom, the Amistad Movement seeks to empower immigrants in at risk communities with the educational tools to protect their own community members from falling victim to human trafficking. The Amistad Movement has four goals:
- The empowerment of the immigrants themselves through a comprehensive, day-long, intensive training program
- The formation of peer educators from within the community to continue raising awareness with our support
- The building of trust between the immigrant community and law enforcement
- Coalition-building that enables the immigrant community to reach across and benefit from other local NGOs and government programs working against human trafficking
The Amistad Movement is inspired by the Catholic social principle of subsidiarity, which teaches that the best solutions to local problems are those which arise from, and are led by, the members of the affected communities. The Amistad Movement uses the talents and gifts of the immigrants themselves to effect lasting change in their communities, recognizing that their initiative arises from intimate knowledge of the factors that make their communities vulnerable to human trafficking.
The Amistad Movement offers a wide range of educational empowerment tools that respond to the diverse needs of the communities we serve. We invite local communities to contribute to the creation of new training materials, to meet local needs. Our training sessions are delivered in the immigrants’ preferred language. Among the educational training tools we employ, we offer:
- Trafficking 101
- How to Conduct Outreach
- Domestic Servitude (Labor)
- Trafficking in the Agriculture Industry (Labor)
- Trafficking in the Service Industry (Labor)
- Sex Trafficking
- Being an Ethical Employer and Consumer
- Coalition Building/Community Support/Integration of Survivors
- Human Trafficking Prevention Training for Parents
- Human Trafficking Prevention Training for Youth
Awareness Raising Campaigns
The bishops’ Amistad Movement is especially suited to implementing a direct and action-oriented awareness raising campaign for two reasons:
- The Amistad Movement utilizes the Catholic Church’s extensive network of social service providers, advocates, charitable associations and ministry outreach programs to reach immigrants where they are.
- The Catholic Church’s consistent and forceful advocacy on behalf of immigrants gives the Amistad Movement credibility and access in immigrant communities.
Many of the immigrant communities whose members work in poorly regulated sectors, such as agriculture, domestic service, and hospitality industries, are not receiving the prevention training they need to be aware of the dangers of trafficking. The Amistad Movement is dynamically filling this gap and reaching the recent immigrants, helping them implement the practical, goal-oriented strategies that safeguard their communities from the scourge of human trafficking.
For more information or to schedule a training email or call 202-541-3021.