We are Unitarian Universalists, committed to promoting the inherent worth and dignity of every person; justice, equity and compassion in human relations; and a world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all; among other principles.
Effective anti-trafficking work takes many forms: law enforcement, direct service to survivors, technological solutions, etc. Our own work is focused primarily upon changing consumers and investors through organizing, advocacy, and education in order to give trafficking survivors more options and power.
We seek to equip Unitarian Universalists, as consumers and investors in a marketplace that includes slavery, to make our participation in that marketplace as empowering as possible to those who are surviving, or have survived, human trafficking. We pledge to be led in this work by survivors: directly, by having survivors among our leadership, and indirectly, by the organization’s consulting with survivors to discover the most effective actions, and following their lead.
The economy is a complex web, and we acknowledge that none of us can keep our hands entirely clean of the taint of slavery. The goods we buy, the services we hire, the corporations we work for and invest in, frequently have slavery somewhere in their supply chain. We also know that shining the light of public awareness on these incidences does help to eradicate slavery, and we will not allow the perfect to be the enemy of the good as we progress towards a freer world.
Trafficking and slavery are the evils at one end of a spectrum of economic behavior. At the other is a vision of a global economic system in which labor is a source of dignity and joy, no worker is exploited, and we each choose our own work without being coerced by violence or desperation. Between these two extremes lies a vast area of economic justice issues. Although the work of the UU Abolitionists focuses specifically on slavery and human trafficking, we are glad that other organizations are working on these issues and we regard ourselves as their partners.