The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops anti-trafficking program focuses on educating people about human trafficking issues and works to help eliminate human trafficking in the United States and abroad.
About The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program
The mission of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Anti-Trafficking Program (ATP) is to educate on the scourge of human trafficking as an offense against fundamental dignity of the human person, to advocate for an end to modern day slavery, to provide training and technical assistance on this issue, and to support survivors through community based services.
“It is not possible to remain indifferent before the knowledge that human beings are bought and sold like goods!” – Pope Francis
What We Do
Each year, an estimated 17,000 vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Many are fleeing terrible situations in their home countries, and come to the United States to find a better life. Unfortunately, the nightmare often begins when they reach our shores.
For over a decade, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has been a national leader in advocacy and education to eradicate sex and labor trafficking. Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) leads efforts to combat trafficking in human persons, carrying out the commitment of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration to protect the life and dignity of the most vulnerable. Our initiatives include advocacy, awareness raising, training and technical assistance, and integration services.
Programs and Awareness Raising
Visit our program pages to learn more about what we currently do.
If you would like more information about our past programs and work, click here.