Justice and Peace Issues
National Human Trafficking Awareness Day
Human Trafficking Awareness Day started in 2007, when the U.S. Senate designated January 11th as National Human Trafficking Awareness Day in the hopes of raising awareness to combat human trafficking. It began as a U.S. initiative, and the United Nations has started to highlight it and work towards global awareness with days such as International Day for the Abolition of Slavery.
This day (and the month of January) is dedicated to raising awareness of sexual slavery and human trafficking worldwide.
It is evident that Human Trafficking is directly linked to the plight of migrants, refugees and internally displaced people and affects environmental refugees as well. Every day, modern slavery can be recognized: children become soldiers, young women are forced into prostitution and migrant workers exploited in the workforce.Today, there are between 21-30 million people enslaved in the world, more than at any time in human history. Human Trafficking Awareness Day seeks to end this slavery, return rights to individuals and make the world a safer place for all inhabitants.
The Blue Campaign
Blue Campaign is a national public awareness campaign, designed to educate the public, law enforcement and other industry partners to recognize the indicators of human trafficking, and how to appropriately respond to possible cases. Blue Campaign works closely with DHS Components to create general awareness training and materials for law enforcement and others to increase detection of human trafficking, and to identify victims.
Located within the Office of Partnership and Engagement, Blue Campaign leverages partnerships with the private sector, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO), law enforcement and state/local authorities to maximize national public engagement on anti-human trafficking efforts. Blue Campaign’s educational awareness objectives consists of two foundational elements, prevention of human trafficking and protection of exploited persons.
US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Click on this link to see how you can participate in the Blue Campaign.
Human Trafficking Prayer and Reflection Calendar
The Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange CA have prepared this Prayer and Reflection Calendar to be used between Jan. 11 and Feb. 8, the Feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, Patron of Victims of Trafficking. Click to download the Calendar which is in English and Spanish: 2020-HT-Prayer-Calendar-and-Flyer and 2020-HT-Prayer-Calendar-and-Flyer-Spanish
Watch the video, Now We Know from the Polaris Project.