Around the world, 158 million children between 5 and 17 years of age are involved in child labor, working instead of learning. According to the U.S. Bureau of International Labor Affairs, that equates to approximately 1 in 10 children tasked with working in a wide range of industries, much of which is hazardous or back breaking.  Children who are obligated to work through force, fraud or coercion, or asked to perform commercial sex acts, are also victims of human trafficking. Nearly 25 million children, women, and men in the United States and throughout the world are compelled into commercial sex or labor– in brothels, salons, as agricultural workers, fishers, beggars, or janitorial staff, in situations of domestic servitude, and more.  This is trafficking in persons, a modern-day form of slavery.

Recognizing that survivors of trafficking have unique vulnerabilities and require specialized treatment and care, BRYCS works closely with  the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ department of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) to support its mission of providing outreach, education, services, and advocacy on behalf of victims of trafficking- including the most vulnerable– child victims of trafficking.

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Dignity of Work delivers specialized pre-employment and employment services to foreign national and domestic victims of human trafficking in six main locations across the across the United States. Learn more!

The COMPASS Program strengthens the coordination, collaboration, and capacity of the worldwide Catholic response to maritime trafficking, especially in its ministries at sea and ports. Learn more!

The Become a SHEPHERD Program educates community and religious leaders about human trafficking and the Church’s mission in combating it at local level. Learn more!

Are you a member of an immigrant community? Are you interested in learning how you can help your community or parish to combat human trafficking? Learn more!

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