Since 2010 the month of January has been designated as Human Trafficking Awareness Month. To read President Obama's Proclamation click on this link
The United States Province of the Holy Union Sisters has taken a Corporate Stance Against Trafficking of Women and Children. Because of this, sisters participate in Anti-Trafficking efforts in Massachusetts, public Prayer Vigils, pray with special services on the theme of Human Trafficking. They participate in Call In Days by contacting their Senators and Congress persons about legislation benefiting victims of trafficking. Holy Union Sisters have put decals with the U.S. Trafficking Hot line on the cars they drive.
Here are some resources where you can learn more about modern-day slavery and take action. Click on the title to be directed to the website.
U.S. Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern day slavery.
UNANIMA International is a non-governmental organization (NGO) advocating on behalf of women and children, trafficked person, immigrants and refugees, and the environment. The Holy Union Sisters are one of the twentyone member congregations.
Polaris Project offers an overview of human trafficking and works toward long-term solutions.
Slavery Footprint's website allows consumers to learn how their consumption habits may contribute to the demand for exploitative labor and to take steps to make ethical purchases by shopping for Fair Trade products. Fair Trade certification ensures that no child or slave labor contributed to the making of a product.
Free the Slaves is a community-based model dedicated to alerting the world about slavery's global comeback and to catalyzing a resurgence of the abolition movement.
Posted on Fri, January 6, 2017
by Mary Lou Simcoe