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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

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

Scene from “Sound of Freedom” starring Jim Caviezel.

Colombian bishop grateful ‘Sound of Freedom’ is exposing child trafficking in his country

Sep 10, 2023

By Eduardo Berdejo

Bishop Miguel González pointed out that the business of trafficking in minors “involves our country and demonstrates social and family... Read more

Tim Ballard (left) and Eduardo Verástegui at the preview of “Sound of Freedom” in Mexico City, on Aug. 29, 2023.

Tim Ballard, real hero of ‘Sound of Freedom’: I’ve spent more than 20 years in this fight

Sep 3, 2023

By Ana Paula Morales

“This is the most powerful tool that I have seen in my life in the fight against child trafficking,” said... 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

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

Eduardo Verástegui attends "Familia y Entretenimiento" press conference as a part of second day of XIV World Congress of Families Mexico 2022 at Expo Santa Fe México on Oct. 1, 2022, in Mexico City.

Why does producer Eduardo Verástegui consider ‘Sound of Freedom’ success a miracle?

Jul 13, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

“Sound of Freedom” ranked first at the box office on its opening day in U.S. theaters on July 4. Read more

The California capitol.

Bill to designate child trafficking a ‘serious felony’ stalls in California

Jul 13, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Under state law, “serious” felonies may warrant life in prison or the death penalty. 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

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

After 15 months, Missionary of Charity accused of child trafficking granted bail

Sep 30, 2019

A religious sister with the Missionaries of Charity has been released on bail 25 months after her arrest. She is... Read more