We are a catalyst to bring systemic change to end human trafficking by bringing together leaders from civil society, law enforcement, business, faiths and communities.
The Santa Marta Group is an anti-trafficking charity that aims to act as a catalyst for law enforcement, civil society and the Church to work together to combat this global crime. The alliance was launched in 2014, supported by Pope Francis and named after his residence, Santa Marta, in which the group stayed. At that first meeting, Pope Francis described human trafficking as “an open wound on the body of contemporary society; a crime against humanity.”
The Santa Marta Group seeks to “Identify, Inspire, Initiate” so that Church actors, law enforcement and civil society groups can collaborate more effectively to combat the sources of human trafficking.
Relationships are at the heart of this endeavour. By building trust between partners, Santa Marta develops creative and effective strategies to reduce demand, counter criminal networks and make communities more resilient.
Disrupting criminal networks and abolishing slavery therefore requires a systemic approach, taking account of local circumstances whilst also addressing global issues from corporate responsibility to engagement with international legal frameworks.
The Santa Marta Group was born of a conviction that bringing decision-makers together, building partnerships and co-operation between civil society, governments, law enforcement agencies, and the Church, can make a significant contribution towards the abolition of slavery.
As we continue to develop this mission, with the leadership of Cardinal Vincent Nichols and partners, the Santa Marta Group’s vision is to work, together with others, towards the abolition of slavery.
Human Trafficking SurvivorsFour survivors of human trafficking and modern slavery speak bravely about the horrors of this violent, enslaving crime.
Santa Marta Group Africa DeclarationDeclaration from the first Africa regional conference of the Santa Marta Group held in November 2018.
Law enforcement leaders pledge to work together
Human Trafficking Agreement: Santa Marta Commitment
Police chiefs from around the world made a declaration of commitment in the fight to bring an end to human trafficking and slavery.