trafficking is at the forefront of social issues addressed by the
Catholic Church and the U.S. bishops,” said Bishop Gerald Barnes of San
Bernardino, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Migration. “We
recognize the depth of this challenge and are honored to continue
serving in this important work.”
will provide the USCCB with the resources for each victim being served.
It will also streamline support services to help them gain access to
shelter, legal assistance, job training and health care to establish
lives free of violence and exploitation.
intends to enter into agreements with service providers throughout the
U.S. to assist in serving victims as they may surface. The award has a
minimum allocation of $500,000 and a maximum of $6 million per year.
The award was
granted by the Office of Refugee Resettlement of the Administration for
Children and Families. The Administration for Children and Families
falls under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Conference of Catholic Bishops is uniquely qualified to fulfill this
commitment because of its history of service, community involvement and
national presence,” said Wade Horn of the government office.
will work in concert with the Department of Health and Human Services’
ongoing campaign, Rescue & Restore Victims of Human Trafficking,
which educates Americans about human trafficking.
A key component of the campaign is the 24/7 toll-free trafficking information and referral hotline, 1-888-373-7888.
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has received a major
five-year government contract award to provide comprehensive support
services to victims of human trafficking.