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National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month

Sixth Anniversary of President Barack Obama’s Proclamation of January as
National Slavery and Trafficking Prevention Month

In Fiscal Year 2015, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) arrested 1,437 individuals for human trafficking -- the illegal trade and exploitation of people for commercial gain, most commonly in the form of forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation. From those cases, nearly 400 trafficking victims were identified and offered critical services.

To report suspected human trafficking:

To get help from the National Human Trafficking Resource Center:
or text HELP

Human Trafficking Top 10 Fugitive Captured

Paulino Ramirez-Granados was arrested March 31, 2015, in Tenancingo, Mexico through a joint investigation by HSI Mexico City, HSI New York and the Mexican Federal Police.  The Granados family and its associates would romance young women before coercing them into prostitution in Mexico, smuggling them into the United States, and then continuing the control, physical and sexual abuse, and threats in New York City.  HSI identified 26 victims and 19 other traffickers and smugglers.


Slave-Free Goods and Services

“Every economic…action must set about providing each inhabitant of the planet with the minimum wherewithal to live in dignity and freedom, with the possibility of supporting a family, educating children, praising God and developing one’s own human potential.”    Pope Francis

Fair Trade Is a Commitment to Building Relationships

Fair trade is a trading partnership based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks greater equity in domestic and international trade. It contributes to sustainable development by offering better trading conditions to, and securing the rights of, marginalized producers and workers.

Fair trade is about building respectful, enduring relationships. It respects the Catholic social teaching principles of the dignity of the human person and the dignity of work. Looking through a wider lens, fair trade embodies a comprehensive set of criteria, including:

  • Paying a fair wage in the local context;
  • Offering employees opportunities for advancement;
  • Providing equal employment opportunities for all people, particularly the most disadvantaged;
  • Caring for God’s creation by engaging in environmentally sustainable practices;
  • Being open to public accountability;
  • Building long-term trade relationships;
  • Providing healthy and safe working conditions within the local context;
  • Providing financial and technical assistance to producers whenever possible.

These criteria were drawn from the Fair Trade Federation, a trade association for businesses in the United States and Canada. Taken from www.sistersagainsttrafficking.org

Some fair trade organizations:

Ten Thousand Villages; Equal Exchange; CRS Fair Trade; Global Exchange; SERRV; Buy the Change



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