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Anti-Trafficking Program

Creating a world where immigrants, refugees, migrants, and people on the move are treated with dignity, respect, welcome and belonging.

—Migration and Refugee Services Vision Statement

Who We Are

The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person; to advocate for an end to modern day slavery; and to provide training and technical assistance on this issue.

What We Do

Each year, an estimated 17,000 vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries, and come to the United States to find a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare often begins when they reach our shores.

For over a decade, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been a national leader in advocacy and education to eradicate sex and labor trafficking. Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) leads efforts to combat trafficking in human persons, carrying out the commitment of the U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration to protect the life and dignity of the most vulnerable. Our initiatives include advocacy, awareness raising, training and technical assistance, and integration services. 


Programs and Awareness Raising

Visit our program pages below to learn more about what we currently do. 

COMPASS- Coalition of Organizations and Ministries Promoting the Abolition of Slavery at Sea

Trafficking Victim Assistance Program

Become a Shepherd 

The Amistad Movement 

February 8th: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

If you would like more information about our past programs and work, click here


Catholic Fund Against Human Trafficking


Help us in our fight against human trafficking by making a contribution.  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.


How You Can Help

Be Part of the Solution.
Learn More About Human Trafficking:
Click to find out more about the issue of human trafficking and to learn about the Catholic Church's teaching on this subject.  

Learn about our Become a Shepherd program.

Download the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month toolkit.

Be observant.
Identify victims in your community and respond appropriately. Use our Red Flags and Screening Questions to Identify Victims and then Take Action.     

Spread the word.
Help us distribute resources in your community.  For resources or to request technical assistance, training or consultancy services, contact Anti-Trafficking Services / 202.541.3357.

Be informed.
Sign up for our mailing list.


A Call to Fight Human Trafficking
Anti-Trafficking Email Sign-up
Become a Shepherd
Catholics called to do everything in their power to end trafficking
Caught at Sea
Child Victims of Human Trafficking
Church a ‘first responder’ to human trafficking
CNS article on the Amistad Program
Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking
Coalition of Organizations and Ministries Promoting the Abolition of Slavery at Sea (COMPASS)
Deadly Dealings USA
End Slavery
February 8th: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
Forced Labor and Human Trafficking
Global Initiative on Protection at Sea
Global supermarkets selling shrimp peeled by slaves
How to Help a Trafficking Victim
Human-Trafficking Report Shows Opportunity for Catholic Action
Identifying Trafficking Victims
Labeling for Lent Survey
LfL Survey
New Years' Resolutions Against Human Trafficking
Past Programs
PICKED APART: The Hidden Struggles Of Migrant Worker Women In The Maryland Crab Industry
Sea Slaves: The Human Misery That Feeds Pets and Livestock
Slavery Footprint
South East Asia Mixed Maritime Movements
The Amistad Movement
The First International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking
The Global Forum on Migration and Development: Perspectives from Asia and the Pacific
The push to decriminalize child prostitution
Trafficking in Person Report 2015
Trafficking Victim Assistance Program
Training Adding New Page
Tricked and Indebted on Land, Abused or Abandoned at Sea
U.S. Bishops Bring New Weapon to Human Trafficking Fight
USCCB brings awareness workshop to Houston

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