Faith Resources

Praying the Stations of the Cross for Victims of Human Trafficking

From the US Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

February 8, 2017: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking 

The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.

On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.

Prayer Services:

Prayer Services 2017

NEW! 2017 Project Irene Anti Trafficking Ritual

NEW! Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange 2017 Daily Reflection and Prayer (January 11–February 8)

New! Catholic Relief Services: Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

New!  Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center: January 2017 Prayer Service for an End to Human Trafficking

 

 

Interfaith Toolkit for 2017

NEW! This toolkit was produced  and distributed by the Washington Inter-Religious Staff Community Working Group on Human Trafficking. Ann Scholz, SSND, a Board member of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, represents USCSAHT on this Working Group and contributed resources to this toolkit.

 

Prayer Services 2016

 

 

 

 

 

Human Trafficking Bulletin Inserts

NEW! U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is now offering monthly bulletin inserts or short announcements to help inform the Catholic community about the sin of human trafficking. The inserts offer a fact about trafficking and a link to our website, which is rich in educational and faith resources, along with current news about human trafficking in the U.S.

We encourage you to offer these inserts to your parish community!

Download a PDF with January-November 2017

World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

The Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) Anti-Trafficking Committee have graciously shared the following reflection in connection with the 2nd World Day Against Trafficking In Persons (July 30). This day was designated by the United Nations General Assembly in December 2013.

“Every country must join together to overcome this transnational threat by supporting and protecting victims while pursuing and prosecuting the criminals. On the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, let us resolve to act as one in the name of justice and dignity for all.”

U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon

To access the prayer service in English: Click Here

To access the prayer service in French: Click Here

Future Church

FutureChurch is joining the effort to support the victims of this modern day form of slavery. The focus of their 2015 Magdala Project Materials is Being a Witness for the Victims of Human Trafficking. All are invited to visit their website for more advocacy and education materials to help put an end to this abusive practice.
Women in Church Leadership: Mary of Magdala

Lenten Prayer Resource

Way of the Cross—Lilliana’s Story: A Reflection on the Trafficking of Human Persons

The Beatitudes—A Contemporary Version

“The Beatitudes – A Contemporary Version” was composed by the International Sisters of Mercy Global Action – Opposing Human Trafficking Working Group during a Theological Reflection led by Elizabeth Dowling, RSM, on February 10th 2015. We are grateful to Sisters Jeanne Christensen, RSM and Karen Donahue, RSM for sharing their work with us.

To download this resource: Click Here