Human trafficking and modern slavery

Freedom Sunday: See It, Speak Out

Faith communities including the Anglican Communion have a unique response to issues of modern slavery and human trafficking.

The Anglican Alliance brings together international, interfaith and ecumenical actors to recommend national and international strategies, and provides a platform for initiatives from the local to the global to share experiences and best practices.

We’re a part of the movement that led faith leaders including Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to sign a Declaration to end modern slavery in 2014.

We’re also working to map available resources to connect victims of trafficking with churches and agencies offering support.

Freedom Sunday

Churches around the world come together once a year in a global day of worship, prayer and action to stop human trafficking.  Freedom Sunday is usually marked on or around 2 December, which is the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.  But we encourage churches to raise awareness on any Sunday of the year.

Join Freedom Sunday to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited.

Have you and your church marked Freedom Sunday or taken other action against human trafficking? Share your story!

“Human trafficking is a grave crime against humanity. It is a form of modern day slavery and a profound violation of the intrinsic dignity of human beings. This outrage should concern each one of us, because what affects one part of humanity affects us all.

“If we are to combat this evil then we must work together to prevent the crime, support the survivors and prosecute the criminals. The knowledge that churches have of their local communities puts them on the frontline in this campaign.”

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby

The Clewer Initative

The Church of England has launched a project to enable dioceses and wider church networks to develop strategies for detecting modern slavery in their communities, and help to support survivors.

The Anglican Alliance is working with The Clewer Initiative to connect the anti-human trafficking work of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and share learning to end modern slavery once and for all.