Summit on Human Trafficking

Human Trafficking    

Focus of the Summit

The Global Slavery Index estimates that almost 30 million people are currently enslaved in the world today. That is more than at any point in human history. At $32 billion, it is the world's second largest criminal industry.  As a Catholic, Jesuit school, Bellarmine College Preparatory will engage in a summit on human dignity focused on the issue of modern slavery. As men and women for and with others, we will attempt to educate ourselves and respond to Jesus' call "to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free."

Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking

Oh God we didn't see them, but you did -
The hundreds and thousands of human beings
Trafficked each year to join the millions who are trapped in modern-day slavery
Under terrible conditions, they work in factories, plough fields,
Harvest crops, work quarries,
Fill brothels, clean homes and haul water.
Many are children with tiny fingers for weaving rugs
And small shoulders for bearing rifles.
Their labor is force, their bodies beaten, their faces hidden
From those who don't really want to see them.
But you see them all, God of the poor.
You hear their cry and you answer by opening our eyes,
And breaking our hearts and loosening our tongues to insist:
No mas. No more.


Guest Speakers


Michel Chikwanine
Former child soldier and inspirational speaker on the ability to create change.


David Batstone
Ethics professor at the University of San Francisco (USF), journalist, investment banker and founder and president of Not for Sale, a global anti-slavery organization. 



Martina Vandenberg
Founder and President of Human Trafficking Pro Bono Legal Center in Washington, DC, and the 2015 recipient of the Katharine & George Alexander Law Prize for her stellar, long-term work fighting human trafficking, forced labor, rape as a war crime and violence against women.

Margaret Russel, Esq.
Santa Clara Law professor 

Sgt. Kyle Oki
San Jose Police Department 

Sr. Marilyn Wilson and Joaquin Schmidt 

Aashay Patel 


August 20, 2014 - Mass of the Holy Spirit

Reflection: Understanding the Spirit Within Us 

September 2014 - Summit Homeroom  

From the Library's Gale Database 

"The US State Department Slavery Report: Did the Philippines Get the Right Grade?" Philippines Daily Inquirer [Makati City, Philippines] 26 June 2014. Global Issues in Context. Web. 25 Sept. 2014

"New estimate: 30 million 'modern slaves' exploited worldwide." America 4 Nov. 2013: 8+. General OneFile. Web. 25 Sept. 2014

"Department to launch human trafficking training." State Magazine Oct. 2013: 30. Student Edition. Web. 25 Sept. 2014

"Sexual slavery: a not-so-super side of the Super Bowl." America 11 Feb. 2013: 6. General OneFile. Web. 25 Sept. 2014

"An Escape from Sex Slavery." Pesta, Abigail. Newsweek International 3 Dec. 2012: 14. Global Issues in Context. Web. 25 Sept. 2014

"California passes new supply chain transparency law: companies must disclose their efforts to thwart human trafficking under golden state's new law." Jaeger, Jaclyn. Compliance Week Mar. 2012: 24. General OneFile. Web. 25 Sept. 2014

A Path Appears

A powerful text and video follow up to Nicholas Kristof's book/DVD, Half the Sky. See and hear stories of victims and what we can do here in the United States, and abroad, to help. View discretion is advised. Clips are available at PBS Video.

What Can Men and Boys Do to Combat Sex Trafficking?

What Can Men and Boys Do to Combat Sex Trafficking? 

Special Thanks To ...

Paul Spitzmueller, Chair
Joe Cussen, Coordinator