National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Feb 13th, 2016

Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

“We declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity. Its victims are from all walks of life, but are most frequently among the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.” ~Pope Francis 

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

“This New Year we are aware that freedom has not yet come to all of our sisters and brothers. Slavery continues today in the form of human trafficking. 

Human trafficking is a gross violation of human rights. It involves the illegal trade of human beings by force, fraud, or coercion for the purposes of forced labor, debt bondage or exploitation. Trafficked persons are often forced, through physical and/or psychological conditions to perform work under slavery-like conditions. The perpetrators of human trafficking have become more sophisticated and organized. Women and children are at risk more than ever of becoming trafficked victims. 

Let’s all do our part to educate ourselves to watch for sign of trafficking and to respond if we suspect someone is endangered. Learn more at Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center at”

(, Congregation of St. Joseph)

Peace & Justice Committee