National Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Monday, February 8:

TWEET AGAINST TRAFFICKING:

You may compose your own tweets, or use the ones that we have created, below. The important thing is that there are at least 5 and that they all contain the hashtag #PrayAgainstTrafficking  It is also possible to add the second hashtag #EconomyWithoutTrafficking but please always include #PrayAgainstTrafficking.

  • Today is the World Day of Prayer against Trafficking. We pray for an economy that is not sustained by illegal actions and exploitation. #PrayAgainstTrafficking #EconomyWithoutTrafficking
  • No to trafficking. We want an economy that promotes the life and dignity of every person, decent work for all. #PrayAgainstTrafficking #EconomyWithoutTrafficking
  • On the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, we participate in the online prayer marathon against trafficking. From Oceania to the Americas a shared global moment for an economy without trafficking #PrayAgainstTrafficking
  • #PrayAgainstTrafficking: today is the World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking. Join the global marathon live on the YouTube channel https://www.youtube.com/c/PreghieraControTratta
  • Among the main causes of trafficking in persons is the economic model. Let’s promote a more humane and inclusive economy #EconomyWithoutTrafficking #PrayAgainstTrafficking
  • On the Day of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking we remember St. Josephine Bakhita and all victims of slavery. Want to know more? www.preghieracontrotratta.org #PrayAgainstTraffickin
  • February 8: Global prayer marathon against trafficking (today until 5pm CET). We invite everyone to join the live broadcast and share this special date https://www.youtube.com/c/PreghieraControTratta #PrayAgainstTrafficking
  • I #PrayAgainstTrafficking
  • We light a candle as a sign of our commitment to open our eyes and help free those who are oppressed by human trafficking and slavery #PrayAgainstTrafficking
  • #PrayAgainstTrafficking To move from words to action we need everyone’s commitment. Join in [add @ name of friends/other organizations].

January 11 – February 8 is Human Trafficking Awareness Month. This annual observance is designed to bring attention and action to modern-day slavery in all its forms – sexual and labor-related.

Human trafficking is a crime that involves compelling or coercing a person to provide labor or services, or to engage in commercial sex acts. The coercion can be subtle or overt, physical or psychological, according to the federal definition provided by the US Dept. of Justice.

According to the International Rescue Committee, traffickers prey on individuals who are poor, vulnerable, living in an unsafe or unstable situation, or are in search of a better life. In the United States, victims include some of the most vulnerable populations: American Indian/Alaska Native communities, lesbian-gay-bisexual-transgender-questioning individuals, individuals with disabilities, undocumented migrants, runaway and homeless youth, temporary guest-workers and low-income individuals.

This graphic from the 2019 Data Report by the Polaris Project illustrates the state of human trafficking in the United States.

The COVID-19 pandemic has offered traffickers the opportunity to create new ways to take advantage of the pandemic to target vulnerable victims. In particular, the pandemic has surfaced systemic and deeply rooted economic inequalities – a root cause of human trafficking.

An icon of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron of victims of human trafficking.

One of the Congregational Commitments of the Dominican Sisters of Peace is to:

Promote justice through solidarity with those who are marginalized, especially women and children, and work with others to identify and transform oppressive systems.

More than 70% of those who are trafficked around the world are women. Our Sisters work to create new systems that offer those women the opportunity to avoid or escape trafficking, to lobby officials to create ways to end trafficking, and to offer mercy and relief to victims of what the Holy Father calls “a wound in the humanity of those who endure it and those who commit it.”

For a calendar of prayers for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month, click here.

Resources:

The Economy of Human Trafficking 

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

United Nations

Polaris Project

US Department of State

Department of Homeland Security

 

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