Participating in healing the Church inevitably has the effect of helping to heal the world where abuse is rampant and has become, indeed, a national and international commercial marketplace.
Here’s a one-stop recourse for free materials in many languages, for directions on how to get help and how to set up training sessions for parishes or other groups.
What Is It?
The Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, which overlap with but are different from indicators of child abuse.
What Does It Do?
The Blue Campaign shows the public (as well as medical and mental health professionals, etc.) how to detect trafficking, identify and guide victims and how to appropriately respond to possible cases.
Located within the Office of Partnership and Engagement, Blue Campaign leverages partnerships with the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), law enforcement and state/local authorities to maximize national public engagement on anti-human trafficking efforts. Blue Campaign’s educational awareness objectives consists of two foundational elements, prevention of human trafficking and protection of exploited persons.
Free, Free, Free & Plentiful Resources
Posters. Cards. Booklets. Videos. Social Media Content. Training, And More.
Want to offer (free) resources to your organization or parish to spread awareness and promote safety among teens and preteens? Want to understand how traffickers target those with mental disabilities? Do you work at a health care facility that would benefit from a free Blue Campaign training? Check out The Blue Campaign.
Please remember that one of the prime areas for human trafficking gangs to be active is among immigrants and persons who are guests without visas in host countries. Where you may be serving in these areas, be sure to tap into these resources. Know what to look for!
National Human Trafficking Hotline
In the United States, there is a National Human Trafficking Hotline that is staffed by the NGO Polaris Project and confidential. Calls are not shared with law enforcement without the caller’s explicit approval.
Keep this number handy. It’s not just for victims, but also for family members and all others members of the public who may want to speak confidentially to people trained in identifying and responding to trafficking situations. It may be a trafficking situation, it may not: ask the experts. Do not ever approach a person whom you suspect is a victim of trafficking; you will endanger them and yourself as traffickers will likely be near. Call 911 or this number instead.
1-888-373-7888 or Text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). Save these numbers in your mobile phone.
For our international readers, the DHS materials are available also, as are wonderful materials and videos from international groups such as Shared Hope. If you are having trouble finding resources, contact Teresa here in the states. We’ll help you find referral numbers or hotlines at least.
Another great resource for the United States and many countries around the world is the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children which offers quick studies on signs of different types of child abuse and trafficking, training and resources, along with many useful videos.