Our Mission

The Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force is a direct response to the Florida Catholic Conference initiative launched in December 2009 to bring awareness to the horrors of slavery which exists today known as Human Trafficking. What started as the formation of a resource kit to offer methods to bring awareness to the issues surrounding human trafficking has led to the development of Diocesan task force that is working with community and government task forces throughout the nine counties of the diocese and with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking. The Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force (DOHTTF) will focus on:

  • Providing in-depth awareness and understanding of the issues surrounding human trafficking  Providing tools and resources to educate Church families and the community
  • Collaborate/Coordinate with government and community partners working together.
  • Build a strong base of advocacy
  • Encourage Action

To learn more, please visit the National Human Trafficking Resource Center or call 1-888-373-7888.

Diocesan Task Force – Calendar of Events

Message from Bishop John Noonan – July 2015

Catholic Social Teaching and Human Trafficking

 Florida Human Trafficking Awareness – Invisible Chains

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What is Human Trafficking?

Human transport, transfer, harbouring or receipt of a person by such means
as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud or
deception for the purpose of exploitation.” The definition on trafficking
consists of three core elements:

  1. The action of trafficking is the recruitment, transportation,
    transfer, harboring or receipt of persons.
  2. The means of trafficking includes threat of or use of force,
    deception, coercion, abuse of power or position of vulnerability.
  3. The purpose of trafficking is always exploitation. In the words of
    the Trafficking Protocol, article 3 “exploitation shall include, at a minimum,
    the exploitation of the prostitution of others or other forms of sexual
    exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery or practices similar to slavery,
    servitude or the removal of organs.

Why is Human Trafficking so prevalent?

Why does demand thrive?

Demand For Labor Trafficking: What You Need To Know

Demand For Sex Trafficking: What You Need To Know

How to identify a victim of Human Trafficking?

Common Work and Living Conditions: The Individual(s) in Question:

Resources

St. Josephine Bakhita: The AMISTAD MOVEMENT’S Inspiration of Empowerment

Human Trafficking Awareness Month: January 2015

USCCB Pastoral Document on Human Trafficking

Junior High Webinar on Human Trafficking – contact IPJC to schedule a webinar for your 7th or 8th grade classroom

Video: “Survivor Stories”

Coalition of Catholic Orgnaizations Against Human Trafficking

Steps to take when you think you have identified a trafficked person

Polaris Project: National Hotline and Resource Center

Free the Slaves 

Human Trafficking Resources from IPJC –

Stop Trafficking! Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter (Spanish/English) 

Contacts

Deacon Fred Molina
Email: DOHTTF@orlandodiocese.org

Deacon David Gray
Secretary of Leadership & Parish Life
Email: dgray@orlandodiocese.org
Phone: (407) 246-4878

Christine Shields
Administrative Assistant
Email: cshields@orlandodiocese.org
Phone: (407) 246-4898

Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force (DOHTTF)