Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

The Santa Marta Group, endorsed by Pope Francis in 2014, is the Catholic Church’s response to human trafficking and modern slavery.

It is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery.

As the 'Combating Human Trafficking' conference drew to a close on Thursday, 10 April 2014, police chiefs from around the world made a declaration of commitment in the fight to bring an end to human trafficking.

The Santa Marta Group is an alliance of international police chiefs and bishops from around the world working together with civil society in a process endorsed by Pope Francis who called it “an open wound on the body of contemporary society”, to eradicate human trafficking and modern day slavery.

Caritas Bakhita House will become an essential part of the initiative. It will be a ‘triage’ centre for the emergency placement of women escaping human trafficking and its function will be to support the beginnings of the restorative process.