Phone Number: (407) 658-1818 (x1122) Hours: 8:00am-4:30pm (Monday-Friday) Locations: Catholic Charities of Central Florida – Main Office Who We Are Our mission is to educate, engage, and empower the community to advocate for an end to human trafficking and provide support to survivors. Our ministry began in 2009 in response to the Florida Conference of Catholic Bishops’ initiative to advocate for victims of human trafficking. We passionately join forces with community and government task forces in Central Florida including the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Coalition of Catholic Organizations against Human Trafficking. We can help you: Attend/host a human trafficking trainingCoordinate a fair trade fundraiser or eventPlan a discussion groupParticipate in a human trafficking awareness event “Out of my distress, I called on the Lord; the Lord answered me and set me free.”Psalm 118:5 What is human trafficking? Human Trafficking is the recruitment, harboring, moving or obtaining of a person by force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of involuntary servitude, debt bondage, slavery or commercial sex acts. Every year, millions of men, women and children are trafficked around the world including the United States. It can happen in any community and victims can be from any race, socio-economic background, age, gender or nationality. Greater Orlando and Florida ranks third in the nation for the number of phone calls to the national human trafficking hotline. Traffickers often use manipulation, violence and false promises of love and jobs to lure their victims into the industry. They look for people who are susceptible for a variety of reasons including psychological or emotional vulnerability, economic hardship, lack of a social safety net or natural disasters. They are often hidden in plain sight. What does the Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force do? Presentations/Trainings to Raise Awareness We offer presentations and trainings for parents, teachers, students, businesses and more to help raise awareness on the risks, warning signs, ways to prevent and take action against human trafficking. Presentations can be tailored to your group and include the following: General Audiences Awareness Presentation Parents & Grandparents Presentation Pornography & Sex Trafficking Presentation Middle School and High School/College Presentation Labor Trafficking Presentation Educators Presentation Health Care Providers Support for Survivors We provide support to human trafficking survivors by connecting them to resources they need most. How can you help? Pray It is through the healing power of prayer that change and healing can take place for those involved in any way human trafficking. DOHTTF can assist with coordinating a prayer service with your parish. Become Informed We must understand the issues of abuse, consumer demand and poverty that perpetuate human trafficking, which often happens in plain sight. Know the warning signs! Contact us to schedule a presentation or training at your parish, school, business, etc. Donate/Give You can help support the efforts of the task force by becoming a volunteer. Click here. You can donate at cflcc.org/donate Ask/Buy Encourage businesses to sell fair trade products and responsibly sourced seafood. Use your purchasing power to buy fair or direct trade products. We must understand how modern-day slavery is used to produce the products and food we purchase. Visit slaveryfootprint.org or www.dol.gov to learn more. Download the U.S. Department of Labor’s Sweat & Toil app. Advocate Spread the word about slavery and encourage others to take action.