Human Trafficking Resources

Be Aware! Human Sex Trafficking Hotline
A recent survey showed that only 4% of Americans are aware of the National Human Trafficking Resource Center Hotline 1888-373-7888.  Deacon Steve, Executive Director to Franciscan Peacemakers, recently wondered what a difference it would make if 40% of Americans knew the hotline and what human sex trafficking real is?  Down load this flyer to create awareness among your congregation, community, friends and family. 

Human Trafficking Hot Line Poster
Human Trafficking Hot Line Poster – Hotel/Motel
Human Trafficking Hot Line Poster with Tear Tabs
Human Trafficking “Clues” folded business card Front/Back
Human Trafficking “Clues” folded business card Inside

Human Trafficking: Wisconsin DOJ Getting On Board
This week the Wisconsin Department of Justice is holding its state conference on human trafficking with 100's of people from across the spectrum of government, criminal justice, law enforcement, service providers, schools, community advocates, survivors and more in attendance. The bad news shared - human trafficking is taking place in all 72 counties of our state. As indicated by our recently appointed state Anti-Human Trafficking Coordinator, Dr. Joy Ippolito, our victims are not expressly coming across boarders.  "These are Wisconsin residents who have been here for generations."

The good news to share is that WI is taking this criminal epidemic seriously. Victim trauma is being described and treated as intimate terrorism, domestic violence and child abuse rather than as criminal prostitution and runaways.  Changes in understanding the criminal process and trauma induced on victims is creating new avenues for addressing the problem while giving leader survivors a voice and role in education and awareness. 

The WI Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force which had been working since Dec of 2015, has moved from research and planning into execution of its goals. Service provider training, enhanced reporting, better screening and placement are some of the efforts underway.  As community advocates and educators we will begin to see important new community education tools specific to WI coming in the first half of 2018.  

Given this rosy description, we are still at the gate with a long way to go.  Ongoing community education and awareness are significant in this effort. Beginning a discussion of the "good news" doesn't make it true for all groups, segments or individuals in our state, but we do appear to be on a new path with the Wisconsin Department of Justice on board.  

Want to get your congregation involved in this effort, but need to learn more?  Contact Debra at info@catholicsforpeaceandjustic.org

Holy Cross Sisters Resources

HT Information Cards

Wisconsin Department of Justice

Books
Parish Book Discussion - In Our Backyard by Nita Belles
Committee Members Only - The Slave Across the Street [Frank difficult to read book written by a victim] 
Lacy's Hope  

Organizations, Films and Other Resources
"Chosen" and other films and books at Shared Hope International



ADVOCACY


Human Trafficking Survivors Share 5 Ways To Help End Practice
Huffington Post, Oct 19, 2016
1: Ensure Law Enforcement Is Trained In Anti-Trafficking
2. Create Public Awareness Campaigns That Reflect Diversity Of Trafficking Victims
3. Provide Support Services To All Types Of Trafficking Survivors
4. Increase Funding To Investigate More Industries For Labor Trafficking
5. Help Survivors Get On Track For Success In Work And Life


Our "Number 6" - End Demand for Sex Trafficked Victims.
Local Human Sex Trafficking is a horrific crime against human dignity that is happening right here in our city and suburbs. Its also an a-political justice issue that we can all do something about individually and in our parishes.  Contact Debra at
djschneider@wi.rr.com to learn what you and your parish can do.


Addressing the Depravity of Human Trafficking in Our Community

From Debra Schneider - Catholics for Peace and Justice
When a group of us at St. James, Men Falls, starting researching human trafficking 2 years ago, we were overwhelmed by the shear breadth of this global issue.  In fact, a few of the stories we researched were so disturbing some us could not bring ourselves to finish the reading. It quickly became clear why Pope Francis has raised a high level of awareness calling “human trafficking, which includes forced labor and prostitution, organ trafficking and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are created equal and have the same freedom and dignity, a crime against humanity.”
 
What have we learned through our research?
  • After drug dealing, trafficking of humans is tied with arms dealing as the 2nd largest criminal industry in the world. 
  • Human trafficking is a $9.8 billion industry in the United States
  • 100,000 children are victims of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States
  • The average age of a sex trafficking victim is between 12 and 14 years old
  • In the U. S. Milwaukee is 3rd in human sex trafficking, behind Detroit and Denver.
  • In general, men, drive the sex trafficking industry through demand.

 The good news is that awareness of this issue is increasing in Wisconsin and in our area.  Franciscan Peacemakers has developed Clare Community as a safe place for adult women coming from the street to integrate back into the community.  Exploit No More is working on acquiring a safe house for minors. 
 
What you can do. 
Begin with education. All parishes in the Milwaukee Archdiocese received an Anti-Human Trafficking Parish Toolkit from the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross.  Ask your parish staff for the Toolkit or visit this link to find the online version.  Attend one of many Anti-Human Trafficking presentations or film screening to make connections with others  working on this important issue.  
Create awareness in your parish.  Visit the CPJ website for more information.   


Human Trafficking – 2015 Papal World Day of Peace Message
Human trafficking destroys the lives of millions of children, women and men each year, making it a real threat to peace, the Vatican said as it announced Pope Francis' 2015 World Peace Day message would focus on the phenomenon. "Slaves no more, but brothers and sisters" will be the theme for the Jan. 1, 2015, commemoration and for the message Pope Francis will write for the occasion,according to the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace.






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