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Labor-Friendly Seafood Initiative
March 6, 2019 - April 21, 2019
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy, member of the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking (CCOAHT), is proud to join the CCOAHT’s Labeling for Lent Campaign for 2019.
What is the Labeling for Lent Campaign?
The Labeling for Lent Campaign is an initiative launched by CCOAHT to urge seafood suppliers that are engaged in cleaning up their supply chains to label their packaged products. Through labeling, consumers can make informed, labor-friendly seafood purchases and help combat labor trafficking in the seafood industry.
The United States imports approximately 80% of the seafood we eat.1 However, recent studies have found severe cases of forced labour and human trafficking in the fisheries sector. Victims often suffer from illness, physical injury, physical and sexual abuse, and even death aboard fishing boats. Many are forced to work under horrendous conditions aboard vessels for months, years, or even their lifetimes.2
This year the CCOAHT’s Labeling for Lent will focus on an initiative to persuade Costco to provide traceability information at the point of sale for Kirkland Signature seafood products sold in their stores.
Be a responsible consumer and help eradicate human trafficking in the seafood industry. Here is how you can become part of the solution:
- Download, sign and mail the postcard to Costco Wholesale Corporation.
- If you are an organization and would like to join the campaign, you can order Labeling for Lent postcards at: https://goo.gl/forms/uBQHDZIC0vb1vXZl1
- Learn how to be an ethical consumer at: http://www.seafoodwatch.org/
- Buy Fair Trade products at your local stores. If unavailable, look for the country of origin on products. Download the Sweat & Toil app on your phone or visit, www.dol.gov/ilab/reports/child-labor/list-of-goods/, for a list of products and countries to avoid.
- Visit Apostleship of the Sea to learn more about mariners: http://www.apostleshipofthesea.org.uk/
- Visit USCCB/MRS’ Anti-Trafficking page to learn about their efforts in the maritime industry: www.usccb.org/stopslavery
- Human Trafficking in the Maritime Industry (download)
- How Slave Labor Feeds the Seafood Supply Chain (download)
- Pope Francis and Responsible Consumerism (download)
- Labeling for Lent Social Media Graphics (download Graphic 1 and Graphic 2)
Watch the extraordinary story of how commercial imaging satellite intelligence helped in the rescuing of more than 2,000 slaves captive on remote Indonesian islands.
Video Credit: DigitalGlobe, See Freedom, https://explore.digitalglobe.com/see-freedom.
Seafood from Slaves
Former fishing slave, Myint Naing, returns home after being enslaved for 22 years.
Video Credit: Associated Press, Tortured Fish Slave Returns Home After 22 Years (June 30, 2015), https://www.ap.org/explore/seafood-from-slaves/myanmar-fisherman-goes-home-after-22-years-as-a-slave.html.
 See National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Global Wild Fisheries, Fish Watch, https://www.fishwatch.gov/sust#_ftnref1ainable-seafood/the-global-picture (last visited Mar. 25, 2019).
 International Labour Office, Caught at Sea: Forced Labour and Trafficking in Fisheries, at v (2013), https://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/—ed_norm/—declaration/documents/publication/wcms_214472.pdf (last accessed Mar. 25, 2019); See also DigitalGlobe, See Freedom, https://explore.digitalglobe.com/see-freedom.