Why Imago Dei?

The dignity of the human person is rooted in Imago Dei, the belief that all humans are made in the image and likeness of God (Gen. 1:27) and deserve to live with dignity and respect.

Human trafficking attacks the basic dignity of all people. Most directly, it robs those who are enslaved of their humanity by denying their freedom and by inflicting deep wounds. Human trafficking also erodes the humanity of those who enslave and those who enable a society that tolerates slavery through ignorance or neglect. As image-bearers, our faith calls us to restore human dignity to our fellow humans enslaved in trafficking.

Imago Dei at the University of Notre Dame is an action-oriented organization fighting to end human trafficking by shining a light on its evil and pervasiveness in our world.

Our Vision

An enlightened and compassionate Notre Dame community and global network, including students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends, divinely inspired in the fight to end human trafficking and restore dignity and respect to its victims.

Our Mission

Imago Dei fights to end human trafficking and restore human dignity. As an initiative for education and advocacy at the University of Notre Dame, Imago Dei illuminates the root causes and harms of human trafficking both in the classroom and in the field by promoting encounters between those who are free and the victims of slavery. To create the change we seek to make, Imago Dei:  

  • Brings experts to campus for lectures, workshops and sharing of knowledge
  • Creates opportunities for encounters between trafficking survivors and members of the Notre Dame community
  • Engages in experiential education through internships and pilgrimages
  • Acts as a nucleus for all areas of the University to study, resist and fight human trafficking
  • Connects the University to other centers of learning, study, encounter and action relating to human trafficking
  • Provides consultative support for other organizations working to fight human trafficking