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Intercept the Traffickers

Super Bowl XLVII

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On February 3, 2013, many in America will watch Super Bowl XLVII, the largest sporting event in the United States. The Super Bowl will be held this year at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La.

Thousands will arrive by plane, and some will take a bus in or around the city. Others will travel by car along Interstate 10, Interstate 12 and U.S. Route 90, all major thoroughfares linking Louisiana to other southern and southeastern states. And others will come via Airline Highway, which links New Orleans to Baton Rouge.

Among the travelers will be those who arrive in Louisiana by force, fraud or coercion—they will not be there freely but as victims of human trafficking. Some of those who are trafficked will serve food in restaurants or at catered parties; some will clean hotel rooms or wash dishes; some will tidy nail salons, deliver dry cleaning or wash windows; and others will be sexually exploited, working as “escorts” or in men-only clubs.

You can act to intercept the traffickers.

Intercept the Traffickers Photo Campaign

United Methodist Women members are called to listen to the mandate of our faith. Many travel paths lead to New Orleans, La. From your region, will travelers take the Interstates? The local highways? Will they take an airplane, bus, train or car? There are many ways to arrive in New Orleans by February 3, 2013.

From wherever you live in the United States, you too can get on the road to the Super Bowl, to stand for justice and intercept the traffickers. Between now and February 3, 2013, safely take a picture of you and your United Methodist Women friends near a highway or Interstate signpost or in front of a car or other travel outlet. Include a message with your picture that states you are working to intercept human trafficking—for example, “My name is [insert your name]. I am a United Methodist Women member and I am acting to intercept human trafficking. Please join me.”

Send your pictures to your conference communicators and they will choose some pictures for posting on conference websites and in newsletters. Or you can upload your digital photos. Stay tuned to unitedmethodistwomen.org for more photos and news! This will make a wonderful picture journal of our journey to intercept human trafficking. 

Raise Awareness

As in previous years, the national office will be providing bulletin inserts, fliers and postcards for you to distribute this Super Bowl season that offer information on human trafficking and how regular folks can take steps in their own lives to help end it. Use our Human Trafficking Resource Guide [PDF] to help you convene a community or church conversation on human trafficking.

We are asking all local, district and conference United Methodist Women members to stand united to eliminate human trafficking around the world by supporting our campaign to Intercept the Traffickers. It is putting our faith, hope and love into action. Let’s prevent trafficking, protect and those who are vulnerable and prosecute those who commit this crime.

For further information, contact United Methodist Women Executive for Public Policy Susie Johnson: 202-488-5660 or CSADC@unitedmethodistwomen.org.

Partner Organizations

Additional Partners

  • Rosemary Uebel, human trafficking team member
  • Grace Pyen, human trafficking team member
  • Betty Hrisak, United Methodist Women social action coordinator
  • Yvette Richards, United Methodist Women president 
  • Delores Carhee, United Methodist Women member
  • Tonya Murphy, United Methodist Women board member
  • Emanuel Cleaver II, congressman and former pastor, St. James United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Emanuel Cleaver III, pastor, St. James United Methodist Church, Kansas City, Mo.
  • Pastor Clifton Conrad, Camphor Memorial United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, La.
  • Bishop Cynthia Harvey, Bishop of the Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church
  • Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Kansas City, Ks.
  • Keith Pritchard, president and CEO, Georgia Florida United Methodist Credit Union
  • The Rev. Mitchell Smith, Trinity Episcopal Church, New Orleans, La.


Last Updated: 04/07/2014

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