Commemoration of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
Learn about the ways you can participate
The globalization of indifference, which today burdens the lives of so many of our brothers and sisters, requires all of us to forge a new worldwide solidarity and fraternity capable of giving them new hope and helping them to advance with courage amid the problems of our time and the new horizons which they disclose and which God places in our hands. (Pope Francis, 2015 World Day of Peace Message)
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8th, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. St. Raphaela Center held a prayer service in response to the global Handmaid commitment to take a stand against human traffickingy. Even if you weren't able to make it to this event, we strongly urge you to participate in some way. Below are additional action steps and resources you can use to stand in solidarity with victims of human trafficking.
- LEARN about human trafficking - globally and locally
- PRAY for victims of trafficking and for an end to this slavery
- DEMAND slave-free products; buy fair trade when possible
- ADVOCATE for local and national legislation that protects victims, helps survivors, and prosecutes traffickers