LIRS End Human Trafficking Campaign
LIRS encounters foreign-born victims of trafficking through our children’s services. Some children are trafficked for labor, others for sex work. In each case, LIRS child specialists and our local partners ensure that these children and young adults receive the social and immigration services they critically need to start the recovery process. We are also active in advocacy, calling on Congress and the White House to protect immigrant victims of trafficking through federal laws.
With the partnership of the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and others, LIRS is inviting Lutherans to commit to ending human trafficking.
Invite a Speaker:Find a person in your area who can speak from experience working with victims of trafficking such as workers from a local rescue organization, staff from an LIRS partner, or a law enforcement officer trained in recognizing victims of trafficking. Survivors of trafficking are often unwilling to speak publicly, but if a connection with a survivor can be made, invite them to speak.
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Watch our video to learn how LIRS is on the front lines battling human trafficking and supporting its victims. Watch the trailer here.
Learn more about Human Trafficking in the LIRS training module. Click on the image to begin!
Ideas and Resources for Your Congregation or School:
Raise awareness and pray for people impacted by human trafficking by dedicating at least one worship service, school chapel, bible study, or small group session to the issue. For added significance, schedule your activity in conjunction with one of these commemorative days of the Church or international days of observance.
December 2: International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
December 6: Nicholas of Myra
January 11: National Trafficking Awareness Day
February 15: Philemon and Onesimus Day in church calendar
June 12: World Day Against Child Labor
August 23: International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and Its Abolition
Designed to build on general awareness of trafficking in the news, “Resolved: A Bible Study on Ending Human Trafficking” provides space to discuss what Scripture says about slavery and to reflect on prayerful action. Allow approximately 60 minutes. Leader’s Guide provides facilitation helps.
General Version – Leader’s Guide
General Version – Participant Handout
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Version (with 2010 Convention Resolution content) – Leader’s Guide
Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod Version (with 2010 Convention Resolution content) – Participant Handout
Use our LIRS End Human Trafficking Campaign factsheet and learn how you can bring hope and justice to survivors of trafficking.
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