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Visit www.usccb.org/stopslavery to learn more about human trafficking.
Lead a gathering or pray on your own for victims of this
crime, the law enforcement and justice professionals working to stop it, and
the social service organizations helping survivors. Reflect on their
experiences, pray for their emotional, physical, and spiritual healing, and
make a personal commitment to combating this evil.
St. Josephine Bakhita was a slave who became a Catholic saint. The prayer card created in her name can be used by you to reflect on the millions of people still caught in a state of slavery today. To learn more about her and to access the prayer, please click here.
Catholics can help by educating fellow Catholics and others about the human consequences of this crime. Parishes can serve as a meeting place to discuss this issue and as a center for action to help survivors and those at-risk. It is especially important to inform people in a position to encounter victims and those who may be at risk of being exploited. You can watch a film with a group or lead a discussion session.
Email MRSShepherd@usccb.org to request the SHEPHERD toolkit guide to help you get started.
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