January is Human Trafficking Prevention month and February 8th, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, has been designated by the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. During this month we encourage you to raise awareness and educate communities on human trafficking. Some resources:
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month & Day of Prayer Toolkit.
Polaris Project: https://polarisproject.org/human-trafficking
Bakhita Initiative: https://bakhitainitiative.com/
Stop Trafficking Newsletter
U.S. Department of Labor Sweat & Toil
Urge your senators to support the End Trafficking Initiative Act of 2015.
On February 24, Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Bob Menendez (D-NJ) introduced the End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015.
Over 27 million people are trapped in the multi-billion dollar modern slave trade industry, which exists in more than 165 countries, including the U.S., and thrives most where enforcement is weak, whether due to indifference, corruption or lack of resources.
The End Modern Slavery Initiative Act of 2015 would create a focused, sustained effort in concert with the private sector and foreign governments to eliminate sexual and labor human slavery worldwide. This model is designed to leverage limited foreign aid dollars and galvanize tremendous support and investment from the public sector, philanthropic organizations and the private sector to focus resources responsibly where this crime is most prevalent. This effort will complement other legislation focused on improving enforcement within the United States.
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Human Trafficking is Not a Sport –Super Bowl 2014
An estimated 21 million people, including children as your as age five, are trafficked for commercial sex or forced labor across our world today.
Large sporting events, such as the Super Bowl, are known to provide a lucrative market for human traffickers. During the days leading up to the Super Bowl event, Federal, State, and Local Law Enforcement Authorities will conduct surveillance operations in an attempt to prevent human traffickers from conducting their “business”.