Catholic Conference of Ohio
Thursday, April 27, 2017

News & Press - Catholic Conference of Ohio

Catholic Conference of Ohio Issues State Budget Recommendations

Health, Human Services and Education Areas Addressed In Letter To Ohio House Members

The Conference encourages House members to keep the needs of the poor and vulnerable foremost in mind. "The basic moral test for our society is how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. This preferential option for the poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our nation and beyond—unborn children, persons hungry, homeless or unemployed, the elderly, persons in need of health care, persons with disabilities, persons in need of quality education, immigrants and refugees, and persons who are victims of injustice and oppression." 

Full Letter to House
Background Page on Health & Human Services
Background Page on Supporting Families Who Choose Catholic Schools

2016 Human Trafficking Commission: Annual Report

Ohio Attorney General's Office issues new report

By increasing communication between local coalitions and federal and state agencies, the commission will continue to identify the available services for survivors of human trafficking and make the local community response stronger. The next year will bring more opportunities to increase education and outreach across the state. Members will be speaking to new organizations and emphasizing the importance of identification and the collection of tips. Local advocates, service providers, law enforcement, and other professionals will continue to play an essential role in fighting human trafficking. 

Full Report

New Human Trafficking Awareness Campaign Unveiled

Human Trafficking Happens Here Too

The state of Ohio and private advocacy groups are joining in a new human trafficking awareness campaign to run concurrent with this month's Republican National Convention (RNC) in Cleveland, where visitors from across the state and nation will be met with the message "Human Trafficking Happens Here Too." Beginning Friday, July 1 and continuing during and after the RNC, the campaign slogan and sobering faces of children with the captions "Sold for Sex" and "Trapped into Forced Labor" will greet convention participants and other travelers at the Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and on Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority buses and billboards citywide.


Resources on Human Trafficking

To report a trafficking tip, call  the National Human Trafficking Hotline Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888, a national, toll-free hotline, available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year.


Ohio Human Trafficking Task Force

The Amistad Movement is a human trafficking education and awareness campaign for immigrant communities. It is an initiative of the Anti-Trafficking Program of the Migration and Refugee Services Department of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

The SHEPHERD Campaign is a campaign to help Catholics learn more about human trafficking, as well as work with their parish community to address this issue.


Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star "Polaris" that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.

By successfully pushing for stronger federal and state laws, operating the National Human Trafficking Resource Center hotline (1-888-373-7888), conducting trainings, and providing vital services to victims of trafficking, Polaris Project creates long-term solutions that move our society closer to a world without slavery.