Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking
Urge Congress to Take Action to Address Human Trafficking by supporting legislation that will help keep supply chains transparent and free of products that are supported by human trafficking.
On Feb. 8, the Feast Day of Saint Josephine Bakhita, we invite you to join us and millions of others around the world in the Day of Prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking. Download the Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking by Sister Gen Cassani, SSND, or visit the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking website for additional prayers, information and resources.
Trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery. Each year an estimated 700,000 to 1.5 million people worldwide fall victim to international traffickers. These victims, predominately women and children, are forced into unpaid labor, debt bondage, coerced prostitution or sexual servitude, often under the direction of international organized crime rings. The trafficking of human beings is the third largest source of profit for international organized crime, after drugs and arms, with revenue amounting to billions of dollars each year.
School Sisters of Notre Dame, committed to work actively to eliminate the root causes of injustices, have responded to this problem in a number of ways and made the struggle against trafficking one of their priorities.
Saint Josephine Bakhita (pictured above in a prayer alcove at the Canossian Spirituality Center in Albuquerque) was a Sudanese-born former slave who became a Canossian religious sister in Italy, living and working there for 45 years. At the request of women religious, the Vatican in 2015 declared her feast day, February 8, as the first international day for prayer and reflection on human trafficking.
To learn more about what you can do, please visit our international website.