Human trafficking is the fastest-growing illegal enterprise in the world. Each year sex trafficking generates approximately $810 million in San Diego County alone. There are between 8,830 to 11,773 victims of human trafficking in the county, and many of these victims are children. The commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) is always considered human trafficking and is one of the greatest tragedies of our day. This form of abuse involves the targeting of vulnerable individuals, intense psychological manipulation, and dehumanizing treatment. These attacks on the dignity and identity of victims lead to many challenges in healing and restoration.
Children of the Immaculate Heart (CIH) was founded to serve those who are vulnerable due to human trafficking. It seeks to reach out to women and children directly in the trafficking industry as well as those made vulnerable in trafficking-dependent industries.
Through evangelization of one heart at a time and primarily by bringing hope and healing to victims through safe home missions Children of the Immaculate Heart intends to be a light in a dark alley where many are suffering.
The primary apostolate of CIH is to open homes for survivors of human trafficking. The home would be a place where they can find safety and undertake the journey to healing and success. It is the hope of CIH that they will be able to live not only in physical freedom, but that they will encounter the love of Jesus Christ and discover the true freedom of being sons and daughters of God who heals us through His own sacred wounds. Blessed Pope John Paul II and the Council Fathers of Vatican II are our inspiration for this vocation, thanks to their teachings about the dignity of the human person and the beauty of true masculinity and femininity.
“… only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light…Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to himself and makes his supreme calling clear.”
The culture of death in which we live has made industries out of the use of one human person for the passing pleasure of another person. All of these evils directly destroy the natural and supernatural happiness of man and prevent him even from understanding himself. Children of the Immaculate Heart desires to contribute to the building of a civilization of love by starting with just one shelter – a home that will allow girls to encounter the love of Jesus Christ, to heal, and get the education and job training they need they need to live healthy, fulfilling lives in society.
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