COATNET aims to add value to the individual action of its affiliates and to mobilise the potential and the resources of churches and their organisations.
COATNET affiliates achieve this mission by having access to timely and adequate information resources; sharing experience and practices; engaging in joint learning and capacity building; developing joint projects and campaigns; and actively influencing relevant stakeholders about necessary changes in policies and legislation.
COATNET’s Commitment on Combating Trafficking in Human Beings draws inspiration from statements by the Catholic Church, including:
“Human trafficking reduces many men, women and children to slavery… Its aim is to exploit them for cheap labour, for the sex trade, for the trade of organs, to force them to beg or to engage in delinquency… the routes of migration are also often used by traffickers and exploiters to recruit new victims of trafficking…it is a crime against humanity”. (Pope Francis)
“The trade in human persons constitutes a shocking offence against human dignity and a grave violation of fundamental human rights. It is an affront to fundamental values that are shared by all cultures and peoples, values rooted in the very nature of the human person.” (Pope John Paul II, Vatican City, 15 May 2002)
“In regard to children, great care should be taken not to place them in workshops and factories until their bodies and minds are sufficiently developed. For, just as very rough weather destroys the buds of spring, so does too early an experience of life’s hard toil blight the young promise of a child’s faculties, and render any true education impossible.” (Leo XII, Encyclical Letter Rerum Novarum: Acta Leonis XIII, 11 (1892), 129.)
Trafficking in persons – in which men, women and children from all over the globe are transported to other countries for the purposes of forced prostitution or labour – inherently rejects the dignity of the human person and exploits conditions of global poverty. (“Strangers no longer: Together on the journey of hope” – A joint US/Mexico bishops pastoral letter, November 2002)
The full text of Caritas Internationalis Commitment on Trafficking can be downloaded below.
IS NOT THIS THE KIND OF FASTING I HAVE CHOSEN; TO LOOSE THE CHAINS OF INJUSTICE AND UNITE THE CORDS OF THE YOKE, TO SET THE OPPRESSED FREE AND BREAK EVERY YOKE? — ISAIAH 58:6-7
Combating trafficking in human beings is of relevance to the principle of human dignity, to the fight against poverty and to the promotion and defence of human rights. All these elements are at the very heart of the mission and work of Coatnet.
SAFE & LEGAL PATHWAYS
Safe and legal ways for migrants and refugees to travel across borders
PROTECTION & REHABILITATION
Victims of trafficking to be quickly identified, protected and given access to justice
Proper systems in place to protect people at risk of trafficking, including during and after emergencies
More traffickers brought to justice
States to ratify and implement the convention on decent work for domestic workers (ILO Convention 189/2011), the Palermo Protocol, and the 2014 protocol on Forced Labour (to ILO Convention 29).
Businesses to ensure transparent supply chains. All of us to consume responsibly
COATNET is open to new members, and to cooperation with organisations fighting the same cause and sharing the same values. We welcome enquiries about advocacy, campaigning or donating. Find out more about joining us by clicking the link below.