How we help

Human Trafficking and Migration

20.9 million people have been pushed into forced labor, creating a $32 billion illicit trade that stretches from Manila to Manhattan, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime recently reported. Forced migration is connected to this global scourge; countless men, women and children are forced from their communities in search of better social and economic opportunities. For many migrants, crossing the border in search of greater opportunities is a huge risk and leads them to a greater chance of being caught in the grotesque ring of human trafficking. From our experience fighting the ills of trafficking and supporting its victims, the Good Shepherd International Foundation knows that a significant portion of those who end up being trafficked originate as economic migrants, refugees and displaced people.

You can read about the many Good Shepherd Sisters initiatives in place around the world dedicated to stopping human trafficking and preserving and promoting victim’s civils rights.

Good Shepherd “people-first” approach to this phenomenon is drawn from our belief in the dignity of the whole person. Through various responses and responding to specific needs and different legal frameworks, our projects in this area offer shelter, healthcare, education, counseling and training to victims of trafficking. Furthermore, the Good Shepherd Sisters have established an NGO office at the United Nations which runs campaigns and advocacy initiatives encouraging the international community to take concrete actions allowing women and children everywhere to exercise their fundamental human rights, free from all forms of commercial sexual exploitation. We also promote policies and programs that render sufficient migration support, for all immigrants, migrants, and refugees.

How we operate:

  • For women who choose to abandon a life of prostitution, we have a series of shelters that offer basic healthcare, psychological and legal support, education and skills training.
  • As an alternative to prostitution, we offer training and micro-credit to start small business to women seeking sources of income alternative to prostitution.
  • We offer training and micro credit to women living in rural villages to start up small trade and income-generating activities so they can stay in their home communities and avoid being pulled into the trafficking and slavery trap.
  • We run advocacy campaigns to inform girls and women in the poorest communities about their fundamental civil rights and to support them in establish a life free of violence, domestic abuse, harmful traditional practices and discrimination.
  • We advocate for change in systems and structures and promote policies that help vulnerable migrants and their families, offering them the protections and care that are their basic human rights.