Justice and Peace Issues
Feb. 8 International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking
February 8th is the the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, the slave girl who became a saint and universal symbol of the Church’s commitment against slavery. This day has been designated as the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. The theme for 2021 is: An economy without human trafficking. On this 7th World Day of Prayer and Reflection against Trafficking, Talitha Kum, the international network against trafficking in persons is sponsoring a marathon Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Rome time (US ET: 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.) It is an invitation to multiply and promote new economic experiences that oppose all forms of exploitation. Due to the pandemic, for the first time the prayer will be online spanning the different time zones. It will be live streamed on the World Day YouTube channel with translations in five languages, across the different areas of the planet to turn the spotlight on and raise awareness about one of the main causes of human trafficking, the dominant economic model, whose limitations and contradictions are exacerbated by the Covid-19 pandemic.
US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking will have a video for the U.S. available on their YOUTUBE Page after the marathon ends (around 11am eastern on Feb 8th):
St. Thomas University in FL has several online events to mark the day. Visit their website for further information and to register for the day’s events.