Human Trafficking in Minnesota: What can be done?

Jul 16th, 2014

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

“Responsibility is required towards those who have fallen victim to trafficking in order to protect their rights, to guarantee their safety and that of their families, and to prevent the corrupt and criminals from escaping justice and having the last word over the lives of others.” ~Pope Francis

Stewardship Tip

Human Trafficking in Minnesota:  What can be done?  Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ, PhD gave a presentation on May 19, 2014 at Annunciation on Modern Day Slavery:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  

Last week’s Tip discussed the statistics; this week focuses on what we can do, along with resources…

  • “If you think you have come in contact with a victim of human trafficking [do not approach them, for they are being watched] call the national help line 1-888-373-7888.
  • “Persons working in hospitals and clinics, nurses, doctors, social workers and pastoral care need the education that prepares them to recognize victims of trafficking.”  
  • This training is also being done in the hospitality industry with hotel workers.  As hotel guests, we can inquire as to whether the hotel belongs to the Code (The Tourism Child-Protection Code of Conduct, developed by ECPAT; http://www.ecpatusa.org.)  
  • “The Safe Harbors Law was passed in 2011 “to ensure that trafficked minors would no longer be treated as criminal but rather as victims…The Safe Harbors Implementation Bill…is an opportunity for the Catholic community to get involved by calling or writing your legislators...You, too, within your Catholic parish communities can do much to aid the work of these professional staff persons [of agencies that work directly with victims] either through joining with us or developing programs.  If we are living by Catholic Social Principles, our responsibility to these victims is clear.”  

Notes of Sister Ann Redmond CSJ, PhD at AnnRedmond393@gmail.com.

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(We will host another event this coming fall.)  

Peace & Justice Committee