CFOI Supports Faith-Based Organizations to Help End Labor Trafficking

Partnership with places of worship

Places of worship can be great partners in reaching out to vulnerable workers. Many vulnerable workers, especially those in immigrant communities rely on their places of worship. Churches, temples, mosques, gurdwaras, etc..., can be "the community" that the traffickers will seek to remove from the victim as part of the grooming/conditioning process. By letting the vulnerable parishioners know they have a community that will always be with them no matter where they are, it can mean a lot and a willingness to seek help. A contact information, emergency funds, and care packages can be great resources for vulnerable workers as they will often leave their ethnic communities to find work.

The Wage and Hour Division has a program called EMPLEO that partners with the Catholic Dioceses to help the immigrants from Spanish and Tagalog speaking communities.

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