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.
- USCSAHT Prayer Service: “They Are Just Children, Not Slaves”
- Prayer Service from Talitha Kum (English)
- Prayer Service from Talitha Kum (Spanish)
- Prayer Service from the Sisters of the Holy Cross and the Holy Cross International Justice Office
Prayer Services 2017
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
- Prayer Service for the World Day Against Trafficking – July 30 from the Sisters of the Incarnate Word Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Office
- “A Garden of Dreams” – Stations of the Cross on the issue of Human Trafficking
- “Un Jardín de Sueños” – Via Crucis de la Trata Humana
- Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center 2016 Prayer Service
- Project Irene 2016 Trafficking Prayer Service
- Sisters of Saint Joseph of Orange 2016 Daily Reflection and Prayer Service (January 11–February 8)
- Sisters of the Holy Cross Prayer Service for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness of Human Trafficking (Feb. 8)
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!
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
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
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