Prayer is important and does make a difference! Review the story of St. Josephine Bakhita and challenge the objectification of humans. Say a daily prayer, add it to your parish’s Prayers of the People, and at prayer groups.
Suggested prayers to get started include
Engage your elected officials. Ask what they are doing to combat trafficking and press them to take action against this issue in your community and across the nation. Support Legislation and voice your support of current bills before Congress on anti-trafficking legislation at state, national and international levels. (e.g. CA SB 1193)
Action and Support
Volunteer and/or financially support a local agency striving to help serve victims of trafficking as they seek restoration for their lives. There are many educational, advocacy and support groups that are working to end human trafficking: such as coalitions, safe houses and shelters for trafficked persons, Contact us for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ethical and Fair Trade – Conscious Consumerism
Practice conscious consumerism and be responsible and aware of the supply chain. Purchase items that comply with ethical and fair trade practices. Learn more on how you may unknowingly be supporting slave labor by visiting:
● Host a Ethical Trade chocolate, coffee and tea tasting party and use fair trade coffee and tea and other products at home, work, and in places of worship
Practice responsible personal shopping that is child labor and sweat shop free. The app “Made in a Free World” is helpful.
● State of CA, Office of Attorney General
● Office of the Administration for Children & Families https://www.acf.hhs.gov/otip
● Office to Monitor & Combat Trafficking
January is Awareness Month about Human Trafficking
The month of January is Human Trafficking Awareness month. The Catholic Network to End Human Trafficking of the Dioceses of San Jose and the Diocese of Monterey has prepared a variety of resources for your use during the four weeks of January. These resources are available in Spanish and Vietnamese as well as English.
Human Trafficking Monthly Insert Info for your Parish' Sunday Bulletin