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MI Catholic Conference's FOCUS spotlights human trafficking

FOCUS: Human TraffickingRead Michigan Catholic Conference's February FOCUS

In recent years the Catholic Church—through the USCCB, local dioceses and parishes—has become a national leader in helping victims of human trafficking. Because of the work of the Church, the trafficking of human persons has become more widely documented and confronted. Many highly effective programs have been developed at the national level to raise awareness and to assist victims, both spiritually and physically. The Michigan Catholic Conference's (MCC) purpose for this FOCUS publication is to bring to the attention of the Catholic population in Michigan the problem of human trafficking, to help raise awareness of warning signs, and to further discuss ongoing efforts to promote the dignity of every human person in our midst. 

Below are additional resources and information to encourage prayer for victims and survivors and to become informed about and engage in the fight against human trafficking. 

Additional Resources 

​Resource ​Description
​U.S. Bishops on Human Trafficking ​What is human trafficking, key statistics and resources
​Justice for Immigrants
​An initiative of the USCCB to educate the public,
create will for positive immigration reform, support
refugees and organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants.
Traffickfree.com ​A website established by human trafficking survivor
Theresa Flores representing her organization, Traffickfree,
which is focused on building awareness through
the S.O.A.P. outreach, and speaking at colleges, churches,
schools and in other locations.
Human Trafficking in Michigan ​Human trafficking information on the State of Michigan
website

Increasing Public Awareness & ​
Passage of Anti-Trafficking Laws

​Defeating human trafficking begins with public awareness.
19-bill anti-trafficking bill introduced in September 2013.
Michigan Catholic Conference ​MCC serves as the official voice of the Catholic Church
in Michigan on matters of public policy
Catholic Advocacy Network (MCC) The Catholic Advocacy Network provides updates on
important legislative issues and helps to strengthen
our Catholic advocacy voice. Join today!

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