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The Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking consists of national and international Catholic agencies working to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking. The main purposes of the Coalition are to:
Formulate plans for combating trafficking and serving its victims
Promote development of services for trafficking victims and approaches to empowerment of trafficking victims
Dialogue with government officials and others engaged in public policies affecting this issue
Devise strategies for public education, awareness-raising and grass roots action.
More than twenty Catholic organizations form the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking. Each organization has its own network of concerned citizens who can work together to further the commitment to combat trafficking. Coalition organizations engage in combating human trafficking by
Delivering direct services to adult and child trafficking victims in the U.S. and overseas
Conducting prevention projects overseas, especially in Eastern Europe, India, and Latin America
Providing national training and technical assistance on the issue of trafficking
Human trafficking is a global phenomenon that enslaves women, men, and children into situations of forced labor, debt bondage, and sexual servitude. Human trafficking is wide spread in many products' supply chains, including products sold in the United States. For example, the United States imports 80-90% of its seafood, and tens of thousands of people are exploited at every link in the seafood harvesting and production chain. This exploitation occurs through abusive recruitment practices, as well as slavery at sea and in seafood processing plants.
Currently, we are not always given the information we need to make moral purchasing decisions. Due to the success of last year's national postcard campaign against human trafficking in our seafood supply chains, CCOAHT wants to ask seafood companies that are engaged in cleaning up their supply chains to label their packaged products. Through labeling, we as consumers can make educated purchasing choices that help eradicate human trafficking.
This Lent, we ask you to fill out this short, five-question survey. CCOAHT will use the data from this survey when it reaches out to seafood companies to request that they include a label on their packaged products. For more information about this campaign, download our flyer.
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