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This doc­u­ment is intend­ed to serve as one of the instru­ments for women reli­gious who are active or who are will­ing to become active in counter- trafficking1 efforts asso­ci­at­ed with pre­ven­tion activ­i­ties and vic­tim assis­tance. It is a part of the Counter-Traf­fick­ing Train­ing Pro­gram for Reli­gious Per­son­nel project sup­port­ed by the US Embassy to the Holy See, fund­ed by the US Gov­ern­ment (Depart­ment of State/Bureau of Pop­u­la­tion, Refugees, and Migra­tion), and con­duct­ed by the Inter­na­tion­al Orga­ni­za­tion for Migra­tion (IOM), in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Union of Major Supe­ri­ors of Italy (USMI), the Inter­na­tion­al Union of Supe­ri­ors Gen­er­al (UISG) and ICMC/Fondazione Migrantes (Rome) of the Epis­co­pal Con­fer­ence of Italy (CEI).



We at the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See are very focused on this new assault on human dig­ni­ty and are work­ing active­ly both to enhance aware­ness of this prob­lem and to pre­vent and deter it through expand­ed train­ing. We have been priv­i­leged to work with the Rome office of IOM, the sis­ters of the Ital­ian Union of Major Supe­ri­ors, and the Inter­na­tion­al Union of Supe­ri­ors Gen­er­al to coor­di­nate this pro­gram to train women reli­gious in anti-traf­fick­ing strate­gies and skills. It is a ground­break­ing pro­gram that has already proven its suc­cess. We hope that the infor­ma­tion con­tained in this project report will serve as a use­ful tool for oth­ers in their efforts to put an end to traf­fick­ing in human beings. The Unit­ed States sees peo­ple of faith as key part­ners in this work.

We have a moral respon­si­bil­i­ty to help the mil­lions of peo­ple world­wide who are bought, sold, trans­port­ed, and held against their will in slave-like con­di­tions. We will con­tin­ue to work with all peo­ple of good will to bring light to the dire cir­cum­stances of today’s slaves. We put an end to slav­ery once before, we can-and must-do it again.

Jim Nichol­son
U.S. Ambas­sador to the Holy See
Decem­ber 2004