By Katie Beckmann, Communications Manager
Human Trafficking is a topic that is often only heard about in the news.
Earlier this week, 169 people were arrested for their involvement in a human trafficking operation at Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, Georgia. (1)
February 8th is International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, and today, Catholics across the world will gather together to pray for those who have suffered from Human Trafficking, as well as empower those who have survived, and raise awareness about this critical issue.
The Catholic Church believes the elimination of human trafficking is a priority issue “because every life is a gift from God and is sacred, it deserves to be protected and nurtured; we each have a responsibility to fight against the violation and degradation of our brothers and sisters.” (2)
The Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York also strongly oppose human trafficking and shared their Corporate Stance on this issue.
The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Dominic of Blauvelt, New York opposes all forms of human trafficking.
We call law enforcement agencies to conduct through investigations where the possibility of human trafficking activities exist. We call law enforcement to prosecute, to the full extent of the law, those who perpetuate this most heinous human rights abuse and to regard victims with human dignity, compassion and in ways that uphold their human rights.
We call legislatures to enact policies that will make human trafficking a serious crime with serious penalties for those who perpetuate it.
We commit ourselves to on-going education, analysis and ethical reflection on the reality and causes of human trafficking in our nation and world today. We commit ourselves to educate others. We commit ourselves to advocate for victims of human trafficking in effective and meaningful ways so that justice, human dignity, and human rights can be restored to them.
Whether you choose to participate in International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking with prayer, advocacy, or by raising awareness on social media, make sure to do so as there are an estimated 40.3 million victims of human trafficking worldwide. (2)
If you would like to learn more about the advocacy efforts of the Sisters of Saint Dominic of Blauvelt, New York, please visit our website.