Breaking the Chains: Link By Link – Immigration / Labor Trafficking

(Compiled by Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries, Rev. Dr. Sharon Stanley-Rea, Director,, 202-957-7826-cell)

The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been committed to answering God’s call to welcome refugees and immigrants for decades; resettling over 37,000 refugees since the end of World War II, supporting farm workers as a founding member of the National Farm Worker Ministry and through ongoing efforts for farm worker rights and fair wages, and encouraging immigrant justice through consistent advocacy, education, and organizing.  Throughout our efforts, Disciples have understood with depth the root causes of poverty, violence, and gangs that push families to make heartbreaking decisions to migrate, or to send family members to migrate in hopes of family improvements.  Often, such journeys are undertaken in hopes of better employment across borders.  Instead, the travel of immigrants is too often riddled with dangers, extortion, and human trafficking.

Below are a host of sources which provide information, resources, organizations, and action steps for building relationships with and justice for migrants.  These resources are designed to share background about intersections between migrants and employment injustices, and also point to the recently publicized humanitarian crisis of women, child, and family migrants from Central America.  Please contact Disciples Refugee & Immigration Ministries at: or 202-957-7826 if we can provide additional information for prayer and action.

Section 1:  Information About the Topic
Section 2:  Resources to Learn More About the Topic
Section 3:  Links to Organizations Working on the Topic
Section 4:  Action Steps that Disciple Women Can Take to Help

Report any suspected trafficking to:

U.S.A.     1-888-3737-888

Canada   1-800-222-8577 (TIPS)

or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733)

Write to your Senator. A link to the information needed for you to continue the letter writing campaign that began at Quadrennial Assembly 2014.

Use the resources provided by Refugee and Immigration as part of your program planning.


Labor-1 Information Labor-2 Resources
Labor-3 Organizations Labor-4 Action