What can your church do to impact trafficking? Bring your five loaves and two fish...and perhaps a pair of gloves. When we started to become familiar with the trafficking situation in the central-European city where we live, we wanted to find ways that our church could come alongside organizations on the front lines of this battle.
The European Commission released its strategy on Combatting Trafficking in Human Beings for 2021-205 on April 14, 2021.
Walk Into Freedom: Christian Outreach to People Involved in Commercial Sexual Exploitation | Ruth Robb & Marion Carson
Walk into Freedom is a practical manual for Christians who want to enable people to leave commercial sexual exploitation. The result of decades of experience, it will guide you through the stages of building up a ministry, from initial street outreach to establish ing a charity. Grounded in Biblical teaching throughout, it provides essential training material on teamwork, health, trauma, addiction and recovery, exiting, discipleship and spirituality.
Healing the Wounds of Trauma: How the Church Can Help offers a practical approach to engaging the Bible and mental health principles to find God’s healing for wounds of the heart. “Healing the Wounds of Trauma”, together with its Facilitator’s Guide, offers a simple method of “therapy”. It brings a group of people together in a safe place, where they can help each other heal. It is a holistic and Bible-based approach to helping people heal from trauma that recognizes that trauma affects every part of a person: mind, body, and spirit. Lessons use art, stories, activities and questions to help people engage deeply with themselves, with God, and with each other.
A face can tell a million stories and over the years humanitarian campaigns have relied on the use of imagery to raise awareness, raise funds and mobilise support. Over time a very strong link has developed between humanitarian assistance and imagery. In particular, the faces of victims are often used as part of victims’ voice to communicate their stories or a means to reinforce a message. This “humanitarian narrative” has been and continues to be used to bridge the distance between the victim and the audience, allowing the stories to be heard and making the stories more accessible. Using victims’ images and often, the misuse of such images, raise important ethical questions. Hence, one must evaluate closely whether such use is acceptable and that the victims’ best interest should be the primary consideration and their autonomy and rights must be respected at all times.
Understanding similarities and differences between faith-based and non-faith-based anti-trafficking NGOs with Recommendations for Improved Partnership and Effectiveness. This study contributes knowledge about anti-trafficking faith-based and non-faith-based NGOs—how they compare in their goals and mission, why they do what they do, the care philosophies and services that they have, and how they can work together. This report is based on research conducted in Cambodia on anti-trafficking Christian faith-based organisations (FBOs) and non-faith-based NGOs, as well as collaboration after the study to present the findings (with recommendations) in an accessible and helpful way to a global audience of anti-trafficking professionals.
Global Toolbox of Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking Responses | Salvation Army & Anglican Alliance
Toolbox of ideas for Church responses at different levels by the Global Anglican Alliance and the international Salvation Army, with input from many other faith and government actors. This resource helps churches engage with issues of trafficking, suggesting a wide variety of possible responses. It covers all forms of Modern Slavery and explains theologically why this is an issue for the church, including the need for prayer. The toolkit contains both practical suggestions and advice on building connections both locally and nationally.”
The Hands That Heal curricula was developed to provide a comprehensive approach for Christian aftercare providers. It provides a foundation for further more localized and specialized training. The curricula was written by an international group of 40 writers (both academics and practitioners) and published in two forms: a community-based curriculum for training organizations and churches and an academic curriculum for use in universities, colleges, and seminaries. The community edition is available in 14 languages. I have used the curriculum in introductory seminars with organizations and churches interested in human trafficking for sexual purposes. Here in Paris, we require anyone interested in being a volunteer with #25 @Porteurs d’Espoir to complete the Hands That Heal training as part of the application and screening process. – Joni L. Middleton, Project Rescue Europe
This is the first book in a series of resources created by the European Baptist Federation. The booklet focuses on theological and sociological foundations for engagement in anti-trafficking work, and includes Bible study resources.
In Setting the Captives Free Marion Carson sets out to answer the question, what does the Bible say about human trafficking? Aimed at Christian anti-trafficking activists and church groups, the book offers an overview of the biblical material on slavery and the sex trade. Acknowledging that there is a difference between the biblical worldview and most Christians today with regard to slavery, it suggests that we can learn much from the Abolitionists of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Following their example, it reads the biblical text through the lens of the law of love. Each chapter provides study questions and is illustrated throughout.