Human trafficking

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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

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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

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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

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

Feb 26, 2023

By Diego Lopez 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

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Nuns help women escape human trafficking along Colombia-Venezuela border

Aug 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Adorer Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity in Cúcuta, Colombia, have helped some 4,000 women escape human-trafficking... Read more

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House Republicans and Democrats come together to combat human trafficking

Jul 28, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

The legislation would protect victims, prosecute perpetrators and prevent trafficking from occurring in the first place, says co-sponsor Rep. Chris... Read more

Antonio Fernandez, CEO of Catholic Charities San Antonio, aids a migrant following the death of dozens of people abandoned in a truck.

Catholic Charities San Antonio aiding survivors and their families after Texas migrant deaths

Jun 30, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Following the discovery of the bodies of more than 50 migrants who died in an abandoned tractor-trailer in San Antonio,... Read more

In this aerial view, members of law enforcement investigate a tractor trailer on June 27, 2022 in San Antonio, Texas. According to reports, at least 46 people, who are believed migrant workers from Mexico, were found dead in an abandoned tractor trailer. Over a dozen victims were found alive, suffering from heat stroke and taken to local hospitals.

San Antonio archbishop to preside at memorial Mass after Texas migrant deaths

Jun 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Following the discovery of dozens of migrants who died in an abandoned tractor-trailer in Texas — thought to be the... Read more

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Rep. Chris Smith calls ‘modern slavery’ of human trafficking a pro-life issue

Jun 12, 2022

By Maisy Sullivan

A bi-partisan bill would provide $1 billion over five years for anti-trafficking education and prosecution efforts. Read more

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Pope Francis: Human trafficking has created ‘an open wound on the body of Christ’

Feb 8, 2022

By Courtney Mares

His remark came on the International Day of Prayer and Reflection against Human Trafficking. Read more

Timothy P. Schmalz with his sculpture ‘Let the Oppressed Go Free.’

St. Josephine Bakhita sculpture shines light on reality of human trafficking

Feb 8, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The ex-slave’s feast day is celebrated on Feb. 8. Read more

Pope Francis delivers his weekly Angelus message on Feb. 6, 2022

Pope Francis: Jesus wants to enter our emptiness

Feb 6, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

When all your efforts feel futile and empty, Jesus wants to be close to you, Pope Francis said on Sunday. Read more

A bronze sculpture of Saint Josephine Bakhita, patron of trafficking victims, will be installed in the Vatican.

Saint Josephine Bakhita sculpture to be displayed in St. Peter’s Square on Sunday

Feb 3, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The sculpture will be in St. Peter's Square ahead of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking... Read more

Man bound hand and foot, vicitim of human trafficking.

Rep. Chris Smith highlights bipartisan bill on National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Jan 11, 2022

By CNA Staff

In recognition of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day on Jan. 11, U.S. Rep. Chris Smith of New Jersey is calling... Read more