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 a 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.
Florida Human Trafficking Awareness – Invisible Chains
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What is Human Trafficking?
Human transport, transfer, harboring or receipt of a person by such means
as threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, abduction, fraud or
deception for the purpose of exploitation. The definition of trafficking
consists of three core elements:
- The action of trafficking is the recruitment, transportation,
transfer, harboring or receipt of persons.
- The means of trafficking includes threat of or use of force,
deception, coercion, abuse of power or position of vulnerability.
- 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.”
- St. Josephine Bakhita: The AMISTAD MOVEMENT’S Inspiration of Empowerment
- Video: “Survivor Stories”
- Coalition of Catholic Organizations 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
Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force Coordinator
407-658-1818 ext. 1122