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Pope Francis speaks from the window of the Apostolic Palace on a rainy Sunday in Rome on Feb. 11, 2024.

Pope Francis lambasts the scourge of human trafficking 

May 23, 2024

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

Pope Francis today urged the abolition of human trafficking, “one of the most terrible scourges of our time” that disrespects... Read more

Students from St. Anthony Catholic School in Oakland, California, visit the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.

Two San Francisco Bay Catholic schools to close over security and other concerns

Feb 27, 2024

By Diego López Marina

In addition to security issues, the Diocese of Oakland said the reasons for the closings include the presence of human... Read more


CPAC speakers stress the role of faith in healing from sex trafficking

Feb 23, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

A shelter for victims of sex trafficking tells women: “You’re the apple of God’s eye, he only made one of... Read more

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Religious sisters urge passage of aid bill to ‘break link’ between trafficking, migration

Feb 13, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act is on the docket for the House of Representatives this... Read more


The drama of human trafficking in the world: 50 million are enslaved

Feb 9, 2024

By Verónica Toller

Any day of the year more than 50 million people are enslaved in the world according to the latest estimate... Read more

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U.S. bishops urge passage of anti-human trafficking bill in Congress

Feb 9, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The bishops called on lawmakers to support the Frederick Douglass Trafficking Victims Prevention and Protection Reauthorization Act of 2023. Read more

Talitha Kum members hold a sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita in St. Peter's Square on Feb. 6, 2022.

Pope Francis: ‘It is never too late to take action’ against human trafficking

Feb 8, 2024

By Courtney Mares

The pope established the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 10 years ago to coincide with the... Read more

St. Josephine Bakhita.

Survivor of human trafficking St. Josephine Bakhita discovered God’s infinite love 

Feb 8, 2024

By ACI Prensa

On the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, we honor the Sudanese-Italian saint Josephine Bakhita. Read more

(Left to right) Bishop Mark Seitz of El Paso, Texas; Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth, Texas; and Bishop Edward Weisenburger of Tucson, Arizona.

Senate border deal criticized by bishops, other Catholics from all directions 

Feb 6, 2024

By Peter Pinedo

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops sent a letter to Senate leaders in which they expressed “serious concerns” about the... Read more

A bronze sculpture of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron of trafficking victims.

Today begins week of reflection prior to the International Day of Prayer against Trafficking

Feb 2, 2024

By Walter Sánchez Silva

The day will be held on Feb. 8, the feast of St. Bakhita, a symbol in the Church of the... Read more


Argentine bishops hold day of prayer, reflection against human trafficking

Sep 19, 2023

By Julieta Villar

“Human trafficking does serious ... injury to the dignity of the human person,” Bishop Oscar Ojea said. “The person is... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the crowd in St. Peter’s Square in his Sunday Angelus on July 16, 2023.

Pope Francis calls Russia to renew Ukraine grain deal

Jul 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“I appeal to my brothers, the authorities of the Russian Federation, that the Black Sea Initiative be restored and grain... Read more

Actor Jim Caviezel; Tim Ballard, whom Caviezel portrays in the movie “Sound of Freedom”; and Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy answer questions at a screening of the movie on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 25, 2023.

‘Sound of Freedom’ screening on Capitol Hill sparks call to track missing children in U.S.

Jul 28, 2023

By Martin Barillas

Members of Congress recently viewed the popular anti-trafficking film, after which producer Eduardo Verástegui proposed draft legislation. Read more

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Human trafficking by the numbers: New reports estimate millions of daily victims

Jul 20, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Recent reports from the U.S. State Department, anti-human trafficking groups, and other global leaders focus on the serious problems of... Read more

Photo from a scene in "Sound of Freedom," released in theaters on July 4, 2023.

‘Sound of Freedom’ makes history at the box office

Jul 18, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The independent, crowd-sourced film that no major studio wanted to touch continues to over-perform thanks to the support of millions. Read more

California State Capitol.

After bipartisan backlash, California legislators vote trafficking bill through committee

Jul 14, 2023

By Daniel Payne

On Thursday evening the Public Safety Committee voted to pass the bill, with the measure receiving near-unanimous approval. Read more

Scene from "Sound of Freedom" starring Jim Caviezel, out in theaters on July 4, 2023.

Jim Caviezel: ‘Sound of Freedom’ is ‘best film I’ve done since “The Passion of the Christ”’

Jun 15, 2023

By Francesca Pollio Fenton

The actor spoke to CNA about his new film, which tells the true story of a federal agent who has... Read more


Catholic prevention organization: Mexico ranks first in human trafficking and child abuse

Apr 7, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

A nun with the Rahamim network said Mexico holds “first place in human trafficking, child abuse, organ selling, sex tourism,... Read more

The beach at Steccato di Cutro in Calabria

Shipwreck leaves more than 50 migrants dead in Italy: The Church expresses pain

Feb 26, 2023

By Diego López Marina

Pope Francis and Church leaders in Italy sent their prayers for the eternal rest of at least 59 migrants who... Read more

Eduardo Verástegui speaks at the Vitae Summit in Vatican City on Sept. 1, 2022.

How Eduardo Verástegui’s latest film inspired him to fight human trafficking

Sep 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

Catholic actor Eduardo Verástegui has launched a national campaign in Mexico to combat human trafficking. Read more