Curricular Resources

A Curriculum Resource for the Summit Topic

Below, you will find the various disciplines reflected by our academic departments and co-curricular activities. Under each area, there are ideas, links, discussion possibilities, and media that may help you, in big or small ways, integrate the Summit into your classroom, club, and even daily living. 



Cindy McCain – McCain Institute – a discussion about federal law and human trafficking –


MATHEMATICS/STATISTICS/DATA – interesting article – research article how mathematics can help combat human trafficking



Consider the following movies/documentaries/videos


FINE ARTS (music, design, materials)

Art Therapy – Trafficking and Slavery: Utilizing the Arts to Help Heal Trauma


Music Therapy – Trafficking – multiple links to programs



Documentary Fine Art Photographer Lisa Kristine is among the most well-known photographers of issues related to modern slavery. Her photographs are intense and personal, and tell impactful stories about the realities of living in slavery. In this 20 minute TED talk, she talks about her experiences photographing people who have been enslaved.




US HISTORY – recent news report – research article that considers the trans-atlantic slave trade and the modern issue of human trafficking


WORLD HISTORY – The Atlantic – UN reporting


POLITICS – an analysis of international law and human trafficking – great article about the presidential campaign and pornography


BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES – Neuroscience and pornography



UN Booklet – helpful translation tools to help victims of trafficking –

Interesting research article – translation of words to help trafficking victims


[VIDEO] Maria Full of Grace- A pregnant Colombian teenager becomes a drug mule to make some desperately needed money for her family.

[VIDEO] Karla Jacinto- Her life changed at 12 years old, when a man forced her to a life as a sex slave



[ARTICLE] Children as Commodities

This article talks about the increasing complexities of infertility and how we are seeing children as something we can purchase. This article would be suitable for use in a discussion on the Sacrament of Matrimony, sexuality, or the value of human life.

[VIDEO] “For Those Who Can’t Speak” by Tenth Avenue North

Music video for a song about modern slavery and the necessity of speaking up. Could be a good opening song (or closing song) to in-class discussion or prayer service.

[VIDEO] St. Josephine Bakhita Movie-From Ignatius Press

Movie Trailer  (In Italian w/ English Subtitles)


[PODCAST] Bishop Robert Barron – Word on Fire Podcast


WORD ON FIRE website hosted podcast

This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of Humanae Vitae, the controversial encyclical by Pope Paul VI which defended the classic sexual framework and prophesied the devastating consequences that would result upon its rejection. As Bishop Barron reveals, those prophecies have since been strongly vindicated. A listener asks whether God hates anything since he is defined by love.



[EXPERIENCE] Prayer Service to End Human Trafficking (from the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center)

[EXPERIENCE] A Reflection for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day (from the Catholic Health Association of the United States)

Both the prayer service and reflection would be useful to either set the tone for a class period dedicated to exploring the topic of trafficking or to gather the class at the end of such a discussion. The first prayer service option pulls in snippets of two actual stories of victims of human trafficking. The reflection centers on an excerpt of a speech Pope Francis made for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.

[EXPERIENCE] Praying the Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking (from the USCCB Migration & Refugee Services)

This prayer experience may best be suited for a full class period during Lent (during which the Summit occurs). It incorporates the traditional stations with scripture passages, meditations, and prayers relating each station to an aspect of trafficking.



[VIDEO] Breeders: A Subclass of Women (there is a closed caption version available for free with Amazon Prime, may also be rented on

This documentary is useful for a discussion on the interplay of values such as consent, utilitarianism (cost-benefit), consumerism, value of human life, assisted reproductive technologies, and family formation. More information, including a discussion guide can be found here.


Caveat #1: it features two women from the National Organization for Women – even though their organization prominently advocates for legal abortion on-demand, their commentary in this documentary reaffirms surrogacy’s  dehumanization of women (“rent-a-womb”).

Caveat #2: if shown during a 50-minute class period, the film does run about two minutes over the period.

Caveat #3: at the 21:00 mark, there is a five-second visual of urban art that depicts bare breasts.




TECHNOLOGY – The Diocese of New Orleans is using an online/email interaction to help families deal with tech/porn issues in their homes.

A book Equipped, also is a great resource for families in this regard.





[VIDEO] Human Trafficking

Introduces what modern slavery is, including a brief interview with an actual victim of trafficking in the United States. Also briefly explores how the Amistad Movement seeks to educate local communities on how to identify, empower, and seek justice for victims of trafficking.

[VIDEO] A Crime Against Humanity

Brief overview of how Catholic Relief Services funds programs to combat human trafficking through: prevention, protection, prosecution, and partnership.

[EXPERIENCE] Preserve funding for Bureau of International Labor Affairs

The Bureau of International Labor Affairs (within the Department of Labor) is one of several ways the United States combats child labor, forced labor, and human trafficking. Its funding is currently under threat from the federal budget process for FY 2018.

[EXPERIENCE] CRS Ethical Trade Seal of Approval

Provides a list of suppliers who have committed to fair trade (and thus does not utilize victims of modern slavery) as well as not supporting practices that are contrary to Catholic teachings.


Other Resources Online