It is by standing up for the rights of girls and women that we truly measure up as men.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu. 1931 -. South African human rights defender.

For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s own chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.

Nelson Mandela. 1918 – 2013. Anti-apartheid revolutionary, President of South Africa from 1994 – 1999.

Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the Body of Christ …. It is a crime against humanity.

Pope Francis. 1936 – . Current Pope of the Roman Catholic Church.

It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name – modern slavery.

Barack Obama. 1961 – . 44th United States President.

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Steven Procopio, ACSW, LICSW, has expertise in the areas of sexual abuse, sexual assault, and commercial sexual exploitation. He is the clinical director for Male Survivor at