Every day, more than 20 million men, women, and children, in the United States and throughout the world, are compelled into commercial sex or labor-- in brothels, salons, as agricultural workers or janitorial staff, in situations of domestic servitude-- through force, fraud, or coercion.  This is human trafficking, a modern-day form of slavery.    

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' department of Migration and Refugee Services (USCCB/MRS) has provided outreach, education, services, and advocacy on behalf of victims of trafficking, including the most vulnerable-- child victims of trafficking-- for more than ten years.      

Recognizing that survivors of trafficking have unique vulnerabilities and require specialized treatment and care, BRYCS has hand-selected the following resources on the Highlighted Resource List for direct care providers, attorneys, advocates, and others working with survivors.

Highlighted Resources: Anti-Trafficking

The resources on the following Highlighted Resource List have been hand chosen by BRYCS staff to assist service providers in working with victims of trafficking. It includes the following topical areas:

Trainings & Webinars

Child Victims of Human Trafficking: Outcomes & Service Adaptation within the URM Program

Due to an increasing number of child victims of human trafficking being identified and in need of specialized care in the United States, a study was conducted on the Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program (URM) in 2015 to look specifically at the outcomes of the child trafficking victims served. This webinar provides an overview of children and youth served, methodology, and discusses key findings on keeping victims safe in community-based care, child well-being, foster family selection and placement, and foster parent training and retention. This webinar expands upon BRYCS blog.

Sex Trafficking of Minors: Know the Process, Look for the Signs 

This webinar discusses the process by which many minors fall victim to sex trafficking, as well as some of the signs and indicators that may point to a potential child trafficking situation. It is intended for service providers working with at-risk youth, teachers, school social workers, and for anyone charged with the responsibility for the safety of minors, including parents and guardians. It also addresses some of the prevalent misconceptions about child sex trafficking, as well as highlight aspects of the phenomenon that quite literally "hide in plain sight." This webinar expands upon BRYCS blog

Current Programs

The Amistad Movement

USCCB has found that immigrants are more vulnerable to exploitation and trafficking because many work in industries that are poorly regulated. The Amistad Movement trains individuals in these communities to conduct outreach and educate their peers on human trafficking and resources and services available for victims.

The COMPASS Program

Through a cooperative agreement with the Department of State, USCCB/MRS is implementing Connecting Overseas Maritime Partners to Abolish Slavery at Sea (COMPASS) to strengthen the coordination, collaboration, and capacity of the worldwide Catholic response to maritime trafficking, especially in its ministries at sea and ports.

Become a SHEPHERD Campaign

A SHEPHERD is a community leader who learns about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, knows how to recognize possible signs of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation, spreads awareness of the steps each of us can take to combat it, and helps others to do the same.  Using the SHEPHERD toolkit, you will gain these skills and be equipped with the educational tools to empower others in your parishes, schools, or other social networks to join the fight against trafficking. 

Trafficking Victim Assistance Program (TVAP)

Through a cooperative agreement with the Department of Health & Human Services' (HHS) Office of Trafficking in Persons (OTIP), USCCB/MRS-Anti-Trafficking is providing comprehensive case management, through our network of direct service providers, to foreign born victims of trafficking and derivative family members.

The Unaccompanied Refugee Minor (URM) Program

A specialized foster care program designed to meet the unique needs of foreign-born children, to include survivors of human trafficking, in the context of an existing child welfare framework.