Religious Organizations as Partners in the Global and Local Fight Against Human Trafficking

10 Pages Posted: 10 May 2018

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Mary Graw Leary

Catholic University of America (CUA)

Date Written: May 1, 2018

Abstract

This paper explores the role of religious organizations as effective partners in the fight to end modern day slavery. As a crime with both global and local dimensions, trafficking must be combatted with tools that are both global and local. Such tools include the world’s religions and religious organizations. They have been addressing human trafficking for decades, and through their work with the poor, immigrants, and sexually exploited, they possess significant knowledge of the manifestations of this form of exploitation and can be important stakeholders in combating it. The paper concludes by offering several recommendations for how policymakers can deepen their anti-trafficking collaborations with religious organizations.

Keywords: human trafficking, sex trafficking, labor trafficking, TVPA, Trafficking Victims Protections Act, Palermo Protocol, Vatican, religion,

Suggested Citation

Graw Leary, Mary, Religious Organizations as Partners in the Global and Local Fight Against Human Trafficking (May 1, 2018). CUA Columbus School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3176551

Mary Graw Leary (Contact Author)

Catholic University of America (CUA) ( email )

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