Human Trafficking Awareness


Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the Colorado State Capitol in 2016

More information coming soon!

New Mexico

Human Trafficking Symposium

More information coming soon!




Advocacy in Idaho


Wyoming has had Advocacy Day last year but can’t find info for this year online


Letter to the congregations from Disciples Women 2015

Disciples Women

DW-HTBreaking the chains: Link by Link

of modern-day slavery

Human trafficking is a form of modern day slavery in which people, mostly women, very young girls and children, are abducted and/or forced to labor for someone else against their wishes. Often they are deceived into believing the situations will improve their lives, when in reality they are being forced into servitude. Human trafficking includes buying, selling and moving people from one location to another against their will, and it constitutes a grave violation of human rights. This trafficking occurs in unregulated and unprotected areas all over the world, including the United States of America.  Domestic and international criminals have made trafficking, smuggling, and sex slavery a booming businesses that can reach every community throughout our country.

Breaking the Chains:

Link by Link

The International Disciple Women’s Ministries Executive Committee struggled, prayed, consulted with you and discussed among ourselves what our next social action would be for 2014 through 2018.  We soon realized we have barely touched the tip of the iceberg where human trafficking is concerned.

Women’s groups around the country feel they are just getting started working with this huge social action emphasis.  As we traveled around the country conducting workshops, leading retreats, and talking to you, overwhelmingly we heard you saying “we want to continue working with human trafficking”.  The Disciples Women’s Leadership Council (formerly Staff Women’s Fellowship) also voted to continue working with human trafficking.

It is with great hope we go into the next quadrennium with Breaking the Chains of Human Trafficking: Link by Link as our social action emphasis.

DW-HT-ChainlogoBW72dpiWe want to focus on three areas of human trafficking, three links of the chain:

DW-HT-STChain Link 1. Sex trafficking, our focus is on women, men, boys and especially our young  girls as young as 9 years of age who are being targeted by traffickers every day. Link 2. Labor trafficking/immigration with this our focus is on the labor trafficking that is at epic proportions and is closely tied to the immigration issues in this country.

DW-HT-DemandChain Link 3. Demand, our focus here is if there were no demand for sex and labor services there would be no trafficking.  Decrease demand and we decrease trafficking.


The Disciples Women Ministries Human Trafficking web site was developed to give you some more tools to help you and you group to get started or to continue your work on the social action emphasis.  The information is not all inclusive and it is a work in progress.  As we go along we will add more information.

For each Chain Link we have included information, resources, links and suggested activities for each area.  We hope these pages are useful for you and we encourage your feedback.  May God Bless you as you work to Break the Chains of Human Trafficking: Link by Link.


LaVerne Thorpe IDWM Vice President

The following is some information to get you started and is by no means all inclusive. This is not an endorsement by the Office of Disciples Women of these organizations or Web sites, but is provided solely for your information.

Click here to go to the Disciples Home Missions / Disciples Women page to read more.

The above except is taken from the Disciples Women website.

  Restore Innocence

As of November 2013 Restore Innocence has shipped over 900 Restoration Bags to the FBI and Homeland Security in over 37 states! The Restoration Bags are critical part of our outreach, as they help agents in the field build rapport with victims. (Read More Here and get list of bag items to donate)


What is Human Trafficking?

Human Trafficking is a crime against humanity. It involves an act of recruiting, transporting, transferring, harboring or receiving a person through a use of force, coercion or other means, for the purpose of exploiting them. Every year, thousands of men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers, in their own countries and abroad.

Trafficking is a lucrative industry. It has been identified as the fastest growing criminal industry in the world. It is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable illegal industry in the world. In 2004, the total annual revenue for trafficking in persons were estimated to be between USD$5 billion and $9 billion.

Human Traffickers use FORCE, FRAUD, or COERCION to control their victims.

What kind of people are trafficked?
Both adults & children in the following ways:

  • Prostitution
  • Agricultural work
  • Construction work
  • Begging or street peddling
  • Domestic work and child care (“domestic servitude”)
  • Servile marriages
  • Landscape work
  • Hotel housekeeping

HOW TO RECOGNIZE a victim of human trafficking:

  • Evidence of being controlled
  • Evidence of inability to move or leave a job
  • Bruises or other signs of physical abuse
  • Not speaking on own behalf and/or non-English speaking
  • No passport or other form of identification or documentation

QUESTIONS that might help you identify a trafficking victim:

  • What type of work do you do?
  • Are you being paid?
  • Can you leave your job if you want to?
  • Can you come and go as you please?
  • Have you or your family been threatened?
  • What are your working and living conditions like?
  • Do you have to ask permission to eat/sleep/go to the bathroom?

WHERE TO GO for help:

(Always ask for help first, never try and help a victim by yourself)

National Hotline (Multi-Lingual)


Colorado Human Trafficking Hotline


Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico

Use National Hotline