The first International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking is scheduled for February 8, the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita. St. Bakhita was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan. After gaining her freedom, she became a religious sister and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting those who suffer.
On February 8, you can help raise awareness and act to end the violence and injustice that affect victims of modern-day slavery. A flyer, sample prayer intentions, and the "Become the SHEPHERD" toolkit from USCCB's Migration and Refugee Services, are available here.
You will find additional resources from UISG on the LCWR website including an explanation of this effort as well as four documents: a letter from the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life (CICLSAL) about the day, a prayer service, a daily prayer, and the agenda for the commemoration of this day in Rome.
You might also want to visit the new website of U.S. Catholic Sisters against Human Trafficking at where you'll find additional information and resources.
Approximately 21 million people are enslaved throughout the world. Join us by making a personal commitment. Sign the pledge to take action.
Resolve to fight human trafficking!
- Learn about trafficking.
- Educate your community.
- Become a Responsible Consumer.
- Advocate-Engage your elected officials.
- Report trafficking to the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).
- Pray. Attend a special noon Mass at the National Basilica in Washington, DC or host your own Prayer Vigil.