Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) - Blogs - Swords into plowshares Responding to child labor trafficking February 22, 2012
What can we do to address human trafficking – particularly child labor trafficking?
The participants in the Central New York Presbytery Partnership Group seminar at the Presbyterian Ministry at the United Nations identified the following ideas to use in their congregations, schools, and communities:
- Learn about the Presbyterian Human Trafficking Roundtable
- Use Fair Trade products
- Use Sweat-Free T-Shirts for groups or sports teams
- Support the Presbyterian Fair Food Campaign
- Create a display with a petition supporting Fair Trade on June 12th – the World Day Against Child Labour
- Provide a Minute for Mission during worship on issues related to child labor trafficking
- Provide a skit or a song or a rap on issues related to child labor trafficking during a worship service or at another time
- Focus worship on Youth Sunday on the topic of child labor trafficking
- Provide regular announcements in the bulletin – share Web sites where people can learn more and act
- Receive an offering to support a project that addresses child labor trafficking
- Hold a Fair Trade bake sale to support UNICEF’s School in a Box program - click on "Educate and Play"
- Raise funds for the UNICEF Tap Project during coffee hour
- Encourage local restaurants to participate in the UNICEF Tap Project
- Set up the computer lab so people can participate in FreeRice.com
- Show the Dark Side of Chocolate during an adult education class – or during school, afterschool, or at a cinema club
- Add information to Facebook pages – the church’s page or the church’s youth page
- Join the UNICEF Tap Project’s Facebook page – invite others to join
- Encourage the Session to consider addressing the issue of child labor trafficking
- Create a group at school to share information
- Pray – this comes here not because it is last but because it sustains and supports all our other efforts – we care for issues such as child labor trafficking because Jesus calls us to love one another and to seek justice
Watch for reports on how the seminar participants respond.