National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is Friday, January 11th, 2019. It has been observed annually on this date since 2008. In 2011 President Barack Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation, designating each January to be National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The anniversary of this proclamation became known as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Slavery was officially abolished in the USA by the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865; however, its forms still exist to date. The present-day USA is the source, transit and destination country for modern slaves: children, women and men.
These people can be of foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking, forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. Many mass campaigns are organized to observe National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
The Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle Washington offers a Prayer Service for January 11th. 2019Prayer Service-End-Human Trafficking
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange, California have shared this Prayer Calendar beginning on January 11th and continuing until the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of trafficked person. Click here to download the calendar. 2019 HT Prayer Calendar
Visit the Justice and Peace page to learn more about this modern day slavery and see available resources,