Seafood and Slavery - Social Justice Resource

This month's social justice resource The Just Act June Report sheds light on the epidemic of human trafficking in the fishing industry. Over 40 million people in the world are currently enslaved, and the fishing industry is inundated with trafficked workers due to the difficulty of monitoring fishers. Because our seafood purchases drive the demand for slave labor, we must become socially responsible consumers!

Join us as we work and pray to end all human trafficking.

To take action…

  • Exercise social responsibility!
    • Purchase fish from Target, Whole Foods, Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s, Aldi, or Safeway – all of which are highly ranked by Greenpeace for their commitment to sustainable and transparent fishing practices.
  • Visit, the Marine Stewardship Council, or to get started.
  • Visit the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility to learn how to invest in transparent and ethical companies.
  • Contact your government officials to urge them to adopt policies that prevent human trafficking.
    • For U.S. Citizens
      • Urge the adoption of the Business Supply Chain Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2015 (S. 1968/H.R. 3226).
      • Urge your officials not to eliminate grant-funding for International Labor Affairs (ILAB) because these grants help protect against forced labor and child labor.
      • Urge your officials to support the ratification of ILO Convention 188.
    • For Canadian Citizens
      • Sign this petition to urge your government to adopt measures ensuring that “all fish sold in Canada [is] legally caught, honestly labeled and fully traceable.”
      • Urge your officials to support the ratification of ILO Convention 188.
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