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Through the SHEPHERD toolkit, you can learn about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping yourself with the educational tools to raise awareness of human trafficking in parishes, schools, or other social networks. We encourage you to use SHEPHERD resources to organize workshops, discussion groups, and prayer sessions. Email MRSShepherd@usccb.org to request the SHEPHERD toolkit and leader’s guide to help you get started. You will receive both English and Spanish versions.
Select from 16 documentaries and feature films and then use the discussion questions to get the conversation started. Due to the nature of the content, these are recommended for older youth, young adult and adult audiences. Check out our SHEPARD Movie and Discussion Guide here.
To learn more about the Vatican’s anti-trafficking outreach and educational activities, visit the Pontifical Academy of the Social Sciences and the Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ human trafficking website here.
We encourage the faithful to observe the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, promoted by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, celebrated on February 8th, the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita. To learn more about the Day of Prayer, visit our site here.
The Stations of the Cross
began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the
final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many who wanted
to pass along the same route, but could not make the trip to Jerusalem, a
practice developed that eventually took the form of the fourteen stations
currently found in almost every church. The
Human Trafficking Stations of the Cross is a resource for you to meditate on
the human rights violation of trafficking and its parallels to His suffering on
his last day. Through these meditations and prayers, we remember all of those
who are trafficked into modern day slavery and suffer at the hands of their
captors. Downloads of the stations are available in English and Spanish.
Visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery to learn more about how to
identify a potential victim and what you can do to help. You can report tips on
potential cases of human trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline
1-888-373-7888. The text message number is: HELP to BeFree (233733).
If you would like to directly support our initiatives to stop modern-day slavery, prayerfully consider making a donation. If in New York, Florida, or the District of Columbia, donate online. If in another state, please go to the Catholic Fund against Human Trafficking.
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