Human Trafficking Resources
What is Human Trafficking? Human Trafficking is defined as the illegal movement of people, typically for the purposes of forced labor or commercial sexual exploitation.
Trafficking in persons is a serious crime and a grave violation of human rights. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad. Almost every country in the world is affected by trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims. For years, IPJC has been dedicated to the work of eradicating modern day slavery. Our work on human trafficking includes involvement in local and national anti-human trafficking coalitions, educational resources and presentations for students and adults, legislative advocacy on the national and state level, shareholder advocacy as conveners of the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, and organizing monthly human trafficking vigils, which occur in various cities throughout the country. Scroll down for more information and resources, or contact us for more information.
Monthly IPJC Human Trafficking Vigils
Join our monthly prayer vigils at locations all around the country on the 1st Sunday of the month.
If you’d like to start a vigil in your area, contact us for a toolkit.
For a list of locations and more information, visit our Human Trafficking Vigils page.
The advocacy working group of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is pleased to share a resource to help voters prepare for the 2018 elections by reflecting on the call to end human trafficking. We hope that you will use this guide as a tool to see how candidates in the 2018 mid-term election have responded, or plan to respond, to the grave sin of human trafficking. Using quotations from Catholic teaching as a guide, we encourage you to research candidates commitment to do the hard work necessary to eradicate human trafficking. If you are unsure of where the candidates stand on the various aspects of human trafficking, consider searching their campaign websites, raising the issue at campaign events, or writing to them using the contact information you can find on their websites.
To download an 8.5 X 11 PDF of the Voter Guide: Click Here.
To download an 11 X 17 PDF of the Voter Guide: Click Here.
In 2007 the U.S. Senate designated January 11 as a National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness in an effort to raise consciousness about this global, national and local issue.
- Prayer to End Human Trafficking from Awareness Day 2018 – English | Spanish
- Prayer to End Human Trafficking from Awareness Day 2017
- Prayer to End Human Trafficking from Awareness Day 2016
- Prayer to End Human Trafficking from Awareness Day 2015
- Prayer to End Human Trafficking from Awareness Day 2014
International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
Human Trafficking Presentations
The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center offers a Human Trafficking Presentation for Junior High and High Schoolers as well as parishes and churches. Contact us today to schedule a presentation for your group!
- Junior High Webinar on Human Trafficking Contact IPJC to schedule a webinar for your 7th or 8th grade classroom
- US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking Modules
The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center partners with the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking to create modules and resources around Human Trafficking.
- Human Trafficking and Major Sporting Events
- Human Trafficking and Pornography
- Human Trafficking and Poverty
- Human Trafficking and Reducing the Demand
- Human Trafficking and the Objectification of Women
- Human Trafficking and Root Causes
- Human Trafficking and Organ Harvesting
- Human Trafficking and Environmental Refugees
- Human Trafficking and Children
- Human Trafficking and Labor
- Catholic Social Teaching on Human Trafficking
- Commitment to End Human Trafficking Form
- Continuum of Action on Human Trafficking
- Creative Ideas to End Human Trafficking
- Human Trafficking Facts and Resources
- Identifying & Interacting with Human Trafficking Victims
- Stop the Demand: Reflection & Action on the Cycle of Demand
Resources in Spanish/Recursos en Español
- Enseñanza Católica Social sobre el Tráfico Humano
- Tráfico Humano: Continuum de Acción
- Recursos y datos relacionados con la Trata de Personas
- Identificando e Interactuando con Víctimas de Trata de Personas
Legislative Action Center
The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center constantly tracks pending human trafficking legislation. To send an email to your members of Congress in support of legislation to protect victims, prosecute traffickers and stop the demand for human trafficking, visit our Legislative Action Center now!
Polaris Project also tracks pending legislation in all 50 states.
“It is good for people to realize that purchasing is always a moral—and not simply economic—act. Hence the consumer has a specific social responsibility …” -Pope Benedict XVI, Caritas in Veritate (2009)
Write to Chocolate Manufacturers Watch a short video about child labor and slavery in the chocolate industry, then write a letter to chocolate manufacturers asking them to stop using child and exploited labor.
Chain Store Reaction Send an email to the producers of your favorite products and retailers asking them to investigate and clean up slavery in their product chains.
Product of Slavery See which products you buy that might have been made by forced and child labor. This interactive website by Anti-Slavery International presents products made my forced and child labor on a global scale.
Conflict-Free Electronics Send a message to electronics manufacturers and tell them, “If you take conflict out of your cell phone, I will buy it.”
Corporate Responsibility The Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment, a program of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center, works to move corporations to improve wages and working conditions within all elements of the global supply chain.
Celebration Without Exploitation This toolkit for planning trafficking-free sporting (and other) events comes from the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility’s Human Trafficking Working Group.
Walk Free Sign on to letters to petition various governments and groups to be slave-free.
Interfaith Toolkit on Human Trafficking Prayer resources developed by the Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community (WISC) Working Group on Human Trafficking.
The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center worked with women religious in the Seattle and Tacoma areas to launch an awareness campaign on city busses. If you would like to start a bus campaign in your local community, email us.
Books | Videos & DVDs | Online Documents | Interactive Modules and Infographics | Podcasts | Other Print Materials | Anti-Trafficking Organizations | Government Organizations | Pacific Northwest Organizations
All books are available for loan from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
A Crime So Monstrous: Face-to-Face with Modern-Day Slavery Skinner, Benjamin E. (2009) $16 This book opens your eyes to the mechanics and politics of the oft-ignored plight of millions around the world.
A Future Not a Past: Toolkit and Action Guide to Stop the Prostitution of Our Nation’s Children. (2010). Instructional toolkit which outlines a clear, tangible strategy modeled after A Future Not a Past in Atlanta, Georgia.
Disposable People: New Slavery in the Global Economy. Bales, Kevin. (1999) $14 Written with clearness and imagination, yet thoroughly scientific and researched. Follows sociological procedures with primary research which makes the arguments irrefutable.
From Congress to the Brothel: A Story of Hope, Healing and Restoration. Smith, Linda. (2007) $25. The hard but promising story of how Shared Hope International was born through the discovery of human trafficking in India, and around the world.
Global Woman: Nannies, Maids, and Sex Workers in the New Economy. Erenreich, Barbara and Russell, Arlie Hochschild, eds. (2003) $16 Fifteen essays concerning the importation of women workers in first world countries which leads to deficits in service in the Third World.
Life Interrupted: Trafficking into Forced Labor in the United States. Brennan, Denise. (2014) A powerful book examining forced labor in the US through the stories of people who have been trafficked. It links these firsthand accounts to global economic inequities and under-regulated and unprotected workplaces that routinely exploit migrant laborers in the United States.
Not for Sale: The Return of the Global Slave Trade and How We Can Fight It. Bastone, David. (2007) $15 In poignant interviews Batstone reveals the miserable reality of the invisible people who care for the rest of us every day. Modern slaves cook, clean, sew and build our world and in return we turn a blind eye to their situation or even their existence.
Renting Lacy: A Story of America’s Prostituted Children. Smith, Linda and Cindy Coloma. (2009) $25 An honest look at how pimping and sex labor is done in America with true stories and helpful commentary.
The Slave Next Door: Human Trafficking and Slavery in America Today. Bales, Kevin and Ron Soodalter. (2009) $16 Meticulously researched (over 30 pages of appendices and notes) and compelling, it documents not only the problem but a well thought out plan of action for government, law enforcement and NGOs and us.
Trafficked. Purcell, Kim. (2012) $16.99 A novel about a girl who came to America with the promise of a housekeeping job only to find herself instead at the mercy of her traffickers.
The True Cost of Low Prices: The Violence of Globalization. Gallagher, Vincent A. (2006) Sheds light on how consumers’ demand for low prices perpetuates and increases the use of slave labor.
All videos and DVDs are available for loan from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
A Path Appears A documentary series addressing the roots of gender inequality, impact of poverty, and ripple effects that follow: sex trafficking, teen pregnancy, gender-based violence, child slavery, and the effective solutions being forged to combat them in the U.S., Haiti, Colombia, and Kenya. 4.5 hrs. 2015
Bait and Switch: The Terror and Tragedy of Child Prostitution A documentary made in Arizona for schools for awareness and prevention. 25 minutes. 2007. Arizona Supreme Court.
Born Into Brothels: Calcutta’s Red Light Kids This documentary explores the lives of the sons and daughters of prostitutes in Calcutta, India. Winner of the 2005 Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature. 83 minutes, $20 from www.kids-with-cameras.org
Buyer Be Fair A look into consumer responsibility and the promise of Fair Trade. 57 minutes. Bullfrog Films. $29.95. 2006
Branded An honest look at child exploitation and sex slavery in Pheonix, Arizona. Rooftop studios.
Chosen Tells the story of two teenage girls in Washington state who were “chosen” by traffickers. Equips teens to recognize the warning signs of sex trafficking to protect themselves and their peers. 22 minutes and a CD of PDF resources by Shared Hope International. Released 2014.
The Dark Side of Chocolate Documentary by Miki Mistrati and U. Roberto Romano, exposes the ongoing use of child, forced and trafficked labor in the West African cocoa industry. 2010. 47 minutes. Screening kit available for small donation from Green America.
Daughters and Sons: Preventing Child Trafficking in the Golden Triangle A 25 minute documentary about the efforts of human rights activist, Sompop Jantraka, to combat the spreading plague of child sex slavery. Released in 2005. $79.
The Day My God Died A 70 minute documentary about young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade in Nepal and India. $30 from Andrew Levine Productions. 2002.
DEMAND A documentary featuring investigative footage of the dark and hidden world of sex traffickers, pimps and buyers. 46 and 16 minute versions. 16 minute condensed version does not contain graphic material and is ideal for churches, schools and youth. Available on a DVD with Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking training video at no cost from Shared Hope International.
Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking A 40 minute training video for law enforcement, social services, nongovernmental organizations, and juvenile justice. Divided into four segments, this video covers a range of topics related to domestic minor sex trafficking such as the application of federal law, the role of vulnerability, pimp control, and effective responses. Includes interviews and real life stories of survivors. Available on a DVD with DEMAND documentary at no cost from Shared Hope International.
Dreams Die Hard: Survivors of Slavery in America Tell Their Stories A 36-minute documentary profiling several people trapped in different kinds of human slavery across the United States. $10 from Free the Slaves. A study guide is available from Free the Slaves. 2005
Fields of Mudan A young Asian girl forced into modern day child slavery, dreams of a better life with her mother in America. 23 minutes. Available from Florida State University. $10. 2004
Food Chain$ A powerful true story of one small group of workers–the Coalition of Immokalee Workers–who are working to end slavery and abuse in America’s fields. Consumers are invited to join this effort and demand your food be fair! 83 min. 2015
Freedom & Beyond A story of hope and promise that begins with voices of boys recently freed from slavery in northern India. They tell stories that are hard to hear. A free study guide and discussion notes are available from Free the Slaves. 24 minutes, 2006. $10 for DVD from Free the Slaves.
Human Trafficking A gritty drama exposes the ugly world of human trafficking. Donald Sutherland and Mira Sorvino received Golden Globe Nominations for their performances in this 2005 Lifetime television mini-series, 180 minutes. $6.99 from Amazon.com
Human Trafficking Awareness Training Online training video from the U.S. Secretary of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
Journey to Freedom Draws the parallels of the true stories of two men sold into slavery 150 years apart, interspersed with narratives of anti-trafficking activists from then and now.
Lives for Sale A joint production between Maryknoll, Lightfoot Films, Inc. and PBS. 60 minutes. $19.95 from Orbis Books. 2006
Look Beneath the Surface: Identifying Victims of Human Trafficking in the US As part of the Rescue and Restore Victims of Human Trafficking awareness campaign, the US Dept. of Health & Human Services produced this informational video on how to identify and assist victims of human trafficking. Includes public service announcements. 13 minutes. Order free information, posters and the DVD.
Not for Sale Based on the book Not For Sale by David Batstone, this documentary covers what modern-day abolitionists are doing to fight the rampant terrors of human trafficking in the US and abroad. $25. 2007
Not My Life A comprehensive documentary on human trafficking on a global scale filmed on five continents. 83 minutes. 2011.
Sisters and Daughters Betrayed A stunning video about the realities of sex trafficking and forced prostitution by independent video producer Chela Blitt. (IPJC has VHS only) 28 minutes.
Slave Girls of India A journey to India, the country with the world’s largest population of child laborers. It is the first installment of a documentary series on the Oxygen television network. Released in June 2007 (IPJC has VHS only) 60 minutes. $19.95 from National Geographic.
Slavery 101 A short exerpt from the full length documentary made by Free the Slaves, this film gives first-person accounts of people who have been trafficked and is a useful introductory video. 12 minutes.
Slavery: A Global Investigation Follows stories through 3 different industries using slave labor: the carpet industry in Northern India, the cocoa production in the Ivory Coast and domestic slavery in Britain and the US. 80 minutes, watch for free online.
The True Cost A global documentary that explores the global fashion industry, who pays the price for our clothing and how we can create a better future moving forward. 92 min. 2015
Trust A story of a 14-year-old girl targeted by an online predator and the way in which she and her family deal with what happens to her. Rated R. 106 min. 2010.
We Were Free: Stories from Modern-Day Slaves This short film is a great introduction to the reality of slavery, sex trafficking. An International Justice Mission (IJM) production.13 minutes. $10. 2008
What I Have Been Through is Not Who I Am In this documentary from ECPAT-USA, we meet Katrina whose childhood as a good student in a middle class home abruptly ends when she is manipulated and sold for sex by a trafficker. The video includes a diverse set of experts from juvenile justice, law enforcement, advocates and services providers who speak about the traumatic effects of commercial sexual exploitation of children. 20 minutes. 2012
Trafficking in Persons Report, US Department of State, 2018
Human Trafficking in America’s Schools, US Department of Education, 2015.
Blueprint: A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Domestic Sex Trafficking of Girls, Center of Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown Law, 2013.
Breaking the Snares: A Resource Packet for Parishes, Sisters of the Divine Savior, 2009.
Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children in the Portland Metro Area, Portland State University, 2013.
Comparing Sex Buyers with Men Who Don’t Buy Sex, Psychologists for Social Responsibility, 2011.
Demanding Justice Report 2014, Shared Hope International, 2014.
Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013-2017. President’s Interagency Task Force to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, 2014.
Global Slavery Index, Walk Free Foundation, 2018.
Human Trafficking: Guidebook on Identification, Assessment, and Response in the Health Care Setting. Massachusetts Medical Society, 2014.
Human Trafficking of Children in the United States, a Fact Sheet for Schools. U.S. Department of Education.
Invisible Offenders: A Study Estimating Online Sex Customers, Arizona State University, 2013.
List of Goods Produced by Child Labor, US Department of Labor, 2014.
The Making of Sexual Violence, International Center for Research on Women, 2014.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center Statistical Overview. Polaris Project statistics of calls and tips of potential human trafficking situations in the USA.
National Survey of Residential Programs for Victims of Sex Trafficking, IL Criminal Justice Information Authority, 2013.
On Human Trafficking. U.S. Bishops Conference Statement.
Pastoral Letter on Human Trafficking, Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada, 2009.
Profits & Poverty: The Economics of Forced Labour, International Labour Office, 2014. This document estimates that human trafficking generates $150 billion globally per year.
Sex Trafficking in the US: A Closer Look at US Citizen Victims, Polaris, 2015.
Stop the Demand Resource Folder, includes background information, prayer materials, Power-Point presentations, and other materials. Materials are now available for download online from Unanima International.
Trafficking in Persons Report 2015. U.S. Department of State
Traveling Sales Crews-What We Know So Far. Parent Watch/Free-A-Child/Polaris Project
Understanding the Organization, Operation, and Victimization Process of Labor Trafficking in the United States. Urban Institute and Northeastern University, 2014.
Women at the Front Line of Climate Change: Gender Risks and Hopes. UN Environment Programme, 2011.
Cocoa-Nomics Explained: Unwrapping the Chocolate Industry, Interactive, CNN Freedom Project, 2014.
Human Sex Trafficking: An Online Epidemic, Infographic, Pearson and University of New England, 2014.
Products of Slavery.org, Interactive, Anti-Slavery International.
Slavery Footprint: How Many Slaves Work for You? Interactive, Made In A Free World.
Human Trafficking in Washington State. A 4 part audio series by KUOW public radio.
The Ongoing Issue of Human Trafficking. An interview with Bradley Miles, CEO Polaris Project. KJZZ, AZ.
Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation Toolkits. Toolkits for faith communities, teachers, parents, coaches, college students and more.
JPIC Commission of the Union of Superiors General USG/UISG. Trafficking in Women and Children: Information and Worship Kit. Rome, 2003. Phone: 06-66-22-929. Email: email@example.com
St. Josephine Bakhita Prayer Card. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Information about St. Josephine Bakhita from the Vatican.
A21 Campaign The A21 Campaign stands for abolishing injustice in the 21st century. Visit the website for a list of 21 suggestions about what you can do to end abolish human trafficking.
Alliance to Stop Slavery and End Trafficking (ASSET) Coalition of NGOs dedicated to the eradication of slavery through amplifying the victims voice and supporting systemic solutions.
Anti-Slavery International The world’s oldest international human rights organization specifically focused on ending systems of slavery. Link to Trafficking News, a monthly update on trafficking issues around the world.
Bakhita Initiative The website which coordinates the US Catholic Sisters United Against Trafficking. Links to many good resources, action items, shelters and more.
Blue Heart Campaign Against Human Trafficking An online project of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. Add the Blue Heart logo to your website or social networking profile to help raise awareness about human trafficking.
Buy Responsibly A public awareness campaign by the International Organization for Migration that explores the role of consumer demand in labor trafficking.
Catholic Relief Services As the official international relief and development agency of the U.S. Catholic community, CRS is also committed to educating the people of the United States to fulfill their moral responsibilities toward our global brothers and sisters by helping the poor, working to remove the causes of poverty, and promoting social justice. This webpage on human trafficking includes education, Catholic Social Teaching and resources and actions.
Coalition Against Trafficking in Women A coalition focused on the promotion of human rights while working internationally to combat sexual exploitation in all forms. Extensive resource library with links to publications and other advocacy organizations.
Coalition of Immokalee Workers The CIW’s Anti-Slavery Campaign is a worker-based approach to eliminating modern-day slavery in the agricultural industry.
The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking A coalition working to persons affected by human trafficking and forced labor.
Code of Contact for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism An industry driven responsible tourism initiative in collaboration with ECPAT International, funded by UNICEF and supported by the UNWTO.
The Defenders USA Coalition of men that are opposed to all forms of commercialized sex. The Defenders USA has initiated several movements in an effort to combat the commercial sex industry such as their video contests and Truck-Stop campaign.
Demand Abolition Supports the movement to end modern-day slavery by combating the demand for illegal commercial sex in the US through research, educating policy makers, and consulting with criminal justice professionals.
Don’t Trade Lives World Vision’s campaign to unite Australians against human trafficking and slavery. Human trafficking is a modern day slave trade. Includes video about asking “Big Chocolate” to honor their agreement to take slavery out of the chocolate industry.
ECPAT International (End Child Pornography and Trafficking) A network of organizations and individuals working together to eliminate the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Resource database with links to publications, news and other organizations.
End It Movement A movement to use February 27 as a day to Shine a Light on Slavery and create awareness.
End Slavery Now Supports the work of grassroots activists and anti-slavery organizations, and to grow and advance the anti-slavery movement, by consolidating and sharing resources, best practices and events; and by promoting their work through various social media channels and free listings in the New Underground Railroad™.
Fair Trade USA Third-party certifier of Fair Trade products in the United States. Audits transactions between US companies offering Fair Trade Certified™ products and the international suppliers to guarantee that the farmers and farm workers behind Fair Trade Certified goods were paid a fair, above-market price.
Fight the New Drug Raises awareness of the harmful effects of pornography by using science, facts and personal accounts.
4EveryGirl Campaigns for ending the sexualization of girls by advocating for respectful images in the media.
Free the Slaves A non-profit organization working to end slavery worldwide.
Freedom Network to Empower Trafficked and Enslaved Persons U.S. based advocacy organization advocating for trafficking victims’ rights.
FRDM A state-of-the-art digital tool to eradicate slave labor from supply chains.
GEMS: Girls Educational & Mentoring Services Empowers young women, ages 12-21 who have experienced commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking to exit the commercial sex industry and develop to their full potential.
Global Alliance Against Traffic in Women (GAATW) An Alliance of more than 90 non-governmental organizations from all regions of the world. They are based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Global Modern Slavery Directory A mapped directory of anti-trafficking organizations and resources around the world, created by Polaris, The Freedom Fund and Walk Free Foundation.
Hagar Project To break the cycle of poverty, HAGAR intervenes in the lives of vulnerable mothers and children by offering prevention, rehabilitation, and reintegration programs. Their services and programs are located in Cambodia, Singapore and Australia.
Human Rights Watch An international nongovernmental organization working to uphold human rights around the world. Many excellent publications focused on women’s and children’s rights.
Human Trafficking Search Sponsored by the National MultiCultural Institute it has maps, video clips and topic/location based searches related to human trafficking.
International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children A global agency, founded in 1998, the Centre promotes the safety and well-being of children through activism, policy development and multinational coordination. The ICMEC programs and initiatives are uniting the world and providing international solutions to the problems of child abduction and exploitation.
International Justice Mission A human rights agency which rescues victims of violence, sexual exploitation, slavery and oppression. Based in Washington DC, they provide legal and human services in the areas of victim relief, perpetrator accountability, structural prevention and victim aftercare.
The International Rescue Committee A global relief and development organization with an anti-trafficking initiative. Provides workshops on human trafficking, contact your local office for more information.
Love 146 Through prevention and aftercare services, Love 146 works to combat child sex slavery and exploitation.
Made By Survivors A pathway of empowerment and hope in the fight to end human trafficking. They offer a way to become involved in fighting trafficking, helping survivors and educating others about this human rights crisis. Made By Survivors combines public outreach and education programs about human trafficking with income generating programs for survivors and high risk girls. Made By Survivors imports and sells beautiful handicraft products made by survivors of human trafficking and persons at high risk of being trafficked. These products can be purchased from their website.
MTV Exit MTV’s campaign to End Exploitation and Trafficking. The project, which wrapped up in 2014, produced two free toolkits that young people can use to raise awareness about human trafficking in their communities.
MTV U: Against Our Will Campaign The campaign amplifies America’s college students’ efforts to end modern-day slavery in the U.S. and empowers them to learn more and get involved.
National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCSE) A non-profit organization that works through public education and the law to oppose pornography and indecency in the media. They publish a list of the “Dirty Dozen” companies and practices which they say are the leading contributors to sexual exploitation in media and public understanding in the US. Formerly Morality in Media.
National Human Trafficking Resource Center National toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. NHTRC also operates as a national clearinghouse for questions, resources, information, training materials and best practices for those already working in the field and those who wish to get more involved.
Not For Sale A campaign of individuals, musicians, artists, people of faith, schools, businesses and sports teams united to stop human trafficking. They provide a free online magazine that connects people that are doing something to stop human trafficking and slavery.
Parent Watch A clearinghouse for information on traveling sales crews.
Polaris Project A leading international organization combating human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Based in the U.S. and Japan, they bring together community members, survivors and professionals to fight trafficking and slavery in the spirit of a modern-day underground railroad. Polaris Project uses a comprehensive strategy: empowering individual survivors of trafficking while also creating long-term social change. Polaris Project Legislative Updates on Human Trafficking
The Protection Project A human rights research institute focused on promoting human rights. Extensive information on human trafficking in the U.S.
Raise Hope for Congo An initiative for human rights in the DRC, particularly in regards to conflict minerals. View company rankings on conflict minerals and send messages to companies. They also have a Conflict-Free Campus Initiative for college campuses to pressure electronics companies to be conflict mineral free.
Shared Hope International A U.S.-based non-profit supporting locally-led efforts around the world to assist victims of sex trafficking. A very thorough website including a history of trafficking, personal stories and FAQs.
Stop the Traffik An international organization based in Australia which provides interactive information about human trafficking, extensive resources and coordinated ideas and campaigns for action.
Talitha Kum The International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, aimed at sharing and maximizing the resources that Religious Life has to help end human trafficking. Their “A Light Against Human Trafficking” page has more resources and a place to sign up as a light to end trafficking.
T’ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights Founded in 2002 as Rabbis for Human Rights – North America (RHR-NA) and now knows as T’ruah is an organization of rabbis from all streams of Judaism that acts on the Jewish imperative to respect and protect the human rights of all people.
UNANIMA International A coalition of religious communities advocating for human rights at the U.N. Updates on UN events and downloadable information on human trafficking. Downloadable “Stop the Demand” materials.
US Bishops Conference Anti-Trafficking Program A Program of the Migrant & Refugee Services Department. Provides resources for education, advocacy and direct services to human trafficking survivors.
Verité A US-based organization working to ensure safe, fair and legal working conditions for people worldwide. They provide a Fair Hiring Toolkit which gives tools and guidance to support responsible recruitment and hiring practices for every player in the supply chain.
Vital Voices An international organization focused on raising awareness of women’s human rights, including trafficking. Anti-trafficking advocacy toolkit can be downloaded from website.
Viva—Together for Children A Christian organization helping to develop and facilitate outcome driven collaborations that assist sexually exploited children.
Walk Free Mobilizes people around the world, online and offline, through coordinating groups and efforts, petitions, multimedia and published reports to end human trafficking.
World Vision A US based NGO, world vision works against child exploitation, including child sex tourism, child soldiers and child labor.
Department of Justice Toll-free Trafficking in Persons and Worker Exploitation Complaint Line 1-888-428-7581
Blue Campaign Works to coordinate the components of the Department of Homeland Security specifically to work against human trafficking. Works in public awareness, training, victim assistance and law enforcement.
International Labour Organization A specialized branch of the UN focused on promoting internationally recognized human and labor rights.
International Office for Migration (IOM) The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has been working to counter the trafficking in persons since 1994. In this time, the Organization has implemented almost 500 projects in 85 countries and has provided assistance to approximately 15,000 trafficked persons. IOM’s primary aims are to prevent trafficking in persons and to protect victims of the trade while offering them options of safe and sustainable reintegration and/or return to their home countries.
United Nations Global Initiative to Fight Human Trafficking (UN.GIFT) Works with all stakeholders – governments, businesses, academia, civil society and the media – to support each other’s work, create new partnerships and develop effective tools to fight human trafficking. Website knowledge hub with resources from around the globe.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS helps protect victims of human trafficking and other crimes by providing immigration relief. Human trafficking, also known as trafficking in persons, is a form of modern-day slavery in which traffickers lure individuals with false promises of employment and a better life.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration of Children and Families Campaign to Rescue & Restore. Links to anti-trafficking campaign information, fact sheets and government press releases.
U.S. Department of State, Office to Monitor Trafficking in Persons At this site you can read the Department of State’s “Victims of Trafficking and Violence Protection Act of 2008: Trafficking in Persons Report.” This report is intended to raise global awareness, to highlight the growing efforts of the international community to combat human trafficking and to encourage foreign governments to take effective actions to counter all forms of trafficking in persons.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement ICE is committed to preventing the smuggling and trafficking of persons through initiatives, tools and resources that effectively impact organizations engaged in these practices.
Asian and Pacific Islander Women and Family Safety Center Organizes communities, educates, trains and provides technical assistance and comprehensive culturally relative services on human trafficking to the Asian and Pacific Islander community.
BEST Alliance Launched in 2012, the BEST Alliance is a group of business men and women who are using their leverage to prevent the exploitation of trafficking victims.
Catholic Charities of Oregon, Outreach and Support to Special Immigrant Populations Catholic Charities provides intensive case management and legal services to survivors of human trafficking, to aid survivors in successfully navigating all aspects of the U.S. legal and social services system, with the ultimate goal of self-sufficiency and self-empowerment for the survivor.
Catholic Charities of Spokane, Refugee and Immigration Services Catholic Charities Spokane is a network of agencies, institutions, parishes, and individuals, united in Gospel spirit, who are servants to the poor, supporters for families and aides to parishes and communities in meeting the social service needs of people in eastern Washington.
Catholic Immigration and Refugee Services of Western Washington Assists refugees, immigrants and their families in attaining self-sufficiency through advocacy, education and employment.
Lutheran Community Services Northwest – Inland Northwest Office Provides advocacy and support services for victims of sexual assault and other crime.
Oregonians Against Human Trafficking Statewide campaign to encourage citizens to Take The Oath to help combat the growing scourge of human trafficking within the state of Oregon.
Organization for Prostitution Survivors A Seattle-based social service agency working with women both in and out of prostitution through peer-mentoring and empowerment-based advocacy. Also focuses on men’s accountability.
Real Escape from the Sex Trade (REST) A Seattle-based organization working to provide pathways of freedom, safety and hope to survivors. Provides direct services to both women & girls and men.
Refugee Women’s Alliance Provides comprehensive services to refugee and immigrant women and families in the Puget Sound area.
Seattle Against Slavery A coalition of activists, non-profit organizations (NGO) seeking to partner with with government prosecuting offices and city agencies in the Greater Seattle area to work closely together so that the voice and efforts of our events and projects will be that much more successful.
Washington Engage Seeks to eradicate sex and labor trafficking in Washington State by providing knowledge, initiatives and tools that empower grassroots leaders to take action.
Washington Anti-Trafficking Response Network (WARN) Coalition of Washington State organizations that provide assistance to any victims of trafficking regardless of industry, gender, age, country of origin or legal status.