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USCSAHT Members Take Action to Raise Awareness and End Human Trafficking

February 18, 2020

We are so proud of our many members throughout the country who planned and attended events throughout January and February for National Human Trafficking Awareness Month and the World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of survivors of human trafficking! Below is just a sample of these many efforts to raise awareness, end human trafficking, and support survivors.

Many USCSAHT members participated in #WearBlueDay to raise awareness about human trafficking on January 11, 2020. Here are some of the photos that were sent in:

Sisters of Mercy

Members of the Divine Savior Catholic Parish

Members of Migrant and Refugee Services with the USCCB

Freedom Walkers on Hollywood Boulevard

By Bob Juárez, Member, Southern California Partners for Global Justice (Official Sponsor of this event)

January 11, 2020

A brisk 43° morning on the 2020 National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, was met by about 300 enthusiastic families, teens and adults of all ages. They gathered at Blessed Sacrament Jesuit Parish in Hollywood. After a warm welcome from Dr. Yolanda Brown, the parish life director, we prayed, listened, walked and shouted! Heather Bland, CEO of My Refuge House, which offers hope, safety, and a path of restoration in Cebu, Philippines for girls rescued from commercial sexual exploitation, human trafficking, and abuse, led the event with exuberance. She called out families, high schools and youth service agencies; members of the Los Angeles Police Department, of the LA Regional Human Trafficking Task Force, and abolitionists of many agencies, including the Coalition Against Slavery and Trafficking (CASTLA). Among the walkers were women religious of at least seven orders, the Southern California Partners for Global Justice, and other faith-based entities.

We were treated to the inspirational true story from Margeaux, herself a survivor of trafficking. Her resilience was palpable, drawing us vicariously into the dark world of human exploitation and moving us to embody the day’s theme: “Do Something!” The walk was accompanied with drumming by the international men’s spirituality group ILLUMAN, while two great cheerleaders, Giovanni Perez and Maria Elena Perales, led us in bilingual English and Spanish chants, calling for the end of human exploitation and trafficking.
 
The 1.5-mile walk took us on to the famous Hollywood Boulevard, where the LAPD patrol cars cruising by were met with cheers from the walkers in gratitude for their protective presence. Walkers talked to and passed out information to passersby, asking them to join our efforts. As we concluded, spontaneous drumming, dancing, and cheers abrupted on the atrium of the church, joyfully bringing our simple, but meaningful, action to a close. All walked away evermore aware of how important this work is to end human exploitation and trafficking!

Ministries of the Felician Sisters:

Madonna University Engages Students in S.O.A.P. Project

As part of the Madonna University Martin Luther King Jr. week-long celebration, Madonna University students and staff helped put labels on 10,000 bars of soap. These soaps will be distributed to hotels and motels in the Metro Detroit area during Super Bowl weekend, and the International Auto Show in June. The labels provide victims of human trafficking the National Human Trafficking Hotline number to call or text to get help if they are being forced to do something against their will.  The photos show the students and staff in action. The project took about 3 hours to complete.

Angela Hospice Collects Items for Survivors

We have a bulletin board dedicated to information about the Awareness Month and all team members have been alerted to its presence. This is a follow up to a project we completed during Mission & Heritage Week when we collected 800+ back to school and toiletry items for Vista Maria, a local ministry which provides housing, counseling, and other types of support to girls and young women who have escaped human trafficking in the area. 

Out of the Shadows – Human Trafficking Vigil and Panel

On January 11th, Resurrection Catholic Church in Greenbay, WI hosted an anti-trafficking event including four panelists speaking about human trafficking from different perspectives: Morgan Meadows m. Ed. – Survivor, Sgt. Matt Wilson – Brown County Sheriff Dept., Shelby Mitchell – Victim Advocate, Sexual Assault Center, and Kimberly Hardtke – Prosecutor. The event also included a proclamation by the Mayor of Green Bay and a number of exhibitors – including Truckers Against Trafficking sponsored by a local trucking firm, Schneider National; Blue Hair Wear (wear a lock of blue hair to raise awareness of human trafficking during the month of January); the local Sexual Assault Center, and Open Door Youth; 5-Stones that works against human trafficking and has great You-Tube videos for junior high and high school age youth- see its Website. USCSAHT members Sr. Sally Ann Brickner and Sr. Celine Goessl were on the planning team.

 

Prayer Vigil for National Human Trafficking Awareness Day – Boston Area Anti-Trafficking Coalition

On January 12th, members of the Anti-Trafficking Coalition (ATC) of the Boston Unit of LCWR hosted a prayer vigil outside the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse in Brighton, MA. Sisters and supporters stood outside and marched along the sidewalk with signs that said “Stop Human Trafficking.” After the outdoor witness they also hosted a prayer vigil inside.

Divine Savior Catholic Parish hosts presentation on Human Trafficking

A presentation on “Human Trafficking: Supply and Demand – How This Business Impacts Our Youth” was given on Jan. 25th at Divine Savior Catholic Parish in Orangevale, CA. It was repeated after several Masses and will be repeated again on March 22nd at other Masses. We had many resources to help parents monitor online social media sites and help their kids do the same. We saw the two videos and discussed local cases of both supply (kids tricked & trafficked) and demand (stings to arrest local men). The presenters were our parish AHT committee, which includes Sr. Jean Schafer, SDS (USCSAHT board member) and Sr. Sheila Novak, SDS.

Greensburg Diocesan Council of NCCW Prayer and Outreach Group to Combat Human Trafficking – St. Bakhita Day of Prayer and Education

The Greensburg Diocesan Council of the National Council of Catholic Women Prayer & Outreach Group to Combat Human Trafficking held our 5th Annual St. Bakhita Day of Prayer & Education Saturday, February 8, 2020. Each year we try to move our event around the diocese so we can reach more parishes, groups, and individuals with the information about the horrific crime of human trafficking. This year we were hosted by Epiphany of Our Lord Parish in Monessen. We encouraged individuals to bring in new or gently used bras for Free the Girls. We had quilled cards made by rescued individuals at the Mission for El Salvador available for purchase. Janet Berna of the Pittsburgh Diocese and a Fair-Trade Ambassador with SERVV had a variety of domestic and international items available for purchase as well.

Members of our group and DCCW led 32 attendees in a prayer service from the USCSAHT that introduced them to the basic facts about St. Josephine Bakhita. Raissa Federline and Ardi Hill, of the group, presented the USCCB Become a Shepherd PowerPoint. There were materials from the USCCB, NCCW, NCOSE, USCSAHT, and Blue Campaign available for people to take and share.  The 6th annual event will be Saturday, February 6, 2021, at St. Rita Parish, Connellsville, PA from 1 pm to 3 pm.

Feb 8th Mass and Reception at St. Camillus Church – Silver Springs, MD

Photo credit: Global Sisters Report.

 
USCSAHT as a member of the Coalition of Catholic Organizations Against Human Trafficking co-sponsored a mass and reception in Silver Springs, MD at St. Camillus Church on February 8, 2020. Bishop Dorsonville, Chair of the USCCB migration committee, celebrated the Mass in honor of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of survivors of human trafficking. After the Mass all were invited to a reception and resource fair with organizations working to end human trafficking. USCSAHT was represented by Sr. Ann Scholz, SSND, chair of our advocacy committee, who shared information with participants about our work to end human trafficking and support survivors.

You can read more about the event in this article from Global Sisters Report.

Photo credit: Global Sisters Report

Together Against Trafficking Prayer Vigil – St. Louis, MO

In celebration of the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of survivors of trafficking, and the World Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, over 80 people gathered in the chapel at the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center on Monday, February 10th for a prayer service entitled, “Together Against Trafficking.” The prayer service was co-hosted by U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking and the Mercy Conference and Retreat Center, and open to the public. The content of the prayer service was adapted from Talitha Kum, the international network of women religious working to end human trafficking throughout the world, and was used by dozens of sister networks throughout the world. 
During the service, four true stories of survivors of trafficking were shared from four different countries, highlighting different ways that people become victims of both sexual exploitation and forced labor. As each story was shared, a piece of a puzzle with words connected to human trafficking in various languages was placed up front, with the final piece containing the words: together against trafficking, representing the international efforts to end human trafficking.

Towards the end of the service participants were invited to write down a word they were taking with them from the experience and then post it around the puzzle. Some of the most common words were hope, love, and prayer. The gathering concluded with words from Sr. Esther Hogan, CPPS a member of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking who works with survivors of human trafficking in St. Louis. She shared about her work and encouraged all those present to join in prayer and action to end human trafficking and support survivors.

 

 

 

Pope Francis Has Called For An End To Human Trafficking As He Visits Major Trafficking Destinations In Asia

December 19, 2019

POPE Francis called for migrants to be welcomed and for women and children to be protected from exploitation, abuse and enslavement as he began a busy two days of activities in Thailand on Thursday.

The pope pleaded for action against one of the region’s greatest scourges, human trafficking to fuel the forced labour and sex trade industries, as he began a week long visit to Asia.

He praised the Thai government’s efforts to fight human trafficking in a speech delivered at host Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha’s Government House offices. However, he appealed for greater international commitment to protect women and children “who are violated and exposed to every form of exploitation, enslavement, violence and abuse.”

He called for ways to “uproot this evil and to provide ways to restore their dignity.”

“The future of our peoples is linked in large measure to the way we will ensure a dignified future to our children,” he said.

The United Nations considers Thailand a key trafficking destination as well as a source of forced labour and sex slaves, who are trafficked at home or abroad. The UN anti-trafficking agency says migrants come from Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia or Vietnam, with Cambodian women and children in particular trafficked to beg in Thai cities.

To read the full story by Nicole Winfield on The Independent: Click Here

Nuns’ Global Anti-Trafficking Network Must Have More Support, Pope Says

November 25, 2019

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis called on more religious orders of men and women, as well as foundations and benefactors, to get involved and help an international network of women religious in the fight against human trafficking.

He praised the many institutes of consecrated life that already have supported their members working on prevention, public awareness and assisting survivors of trafficking through the network, Talitha Kum.

“While I invite you to continue this commitment, I am also making an appeal to other religious congregations — both women’s and men’s — for them to join this missionary work, putting people and resources at its service so that it can reach everywhere,” he told network members during an audience at the Vatican Sept. 26.

The pope met with some 86 delegates of Talitha Kum from 48 different countries and other people taking part in the network’s general assembly Sept. 21-27.

Founded 10 years ago, Talitha Kum now coordinates 52 networks of religious women in more than 90 countries. With more than 2,000 people on the ground, their efforts have helped more than 15,000 victims and reached more than 200,000 others through educational and awareness-raising campaigns or workshops in the past decade.

The pope highlighted the way the work fosters collaboration and unity among different religious orders. The network operates under the auspices of the women’s International Union of Superiors General and collaborates with the men’s Union of Superiors General.

These many congregations deserve recognition for being the “vanguard” and working on the frontlines in the church’s missionary efforts against human trafficking, he said.

To read the full story by Carol Glatz on National Catholic Reporter: Click Here

Pope Commends Nuns For ‘Standing On Front Line’ Against Human Trafficking

November 18, 2019

Speaking to a network of religious sisters that helps human trafficking victims, Pope Francis on Thursday told them to work closely with the local church, because this is necessary for their project to be successful.

“I want to reiterate that the journey of consecrated life, both female and male, is the path of ecclesial insertion,” Francis said. He discussed how religious must work within the bounds of officialdom. “Outside the Church and in parallel with the local church, things do not work.”

The pope also praised the network of religious sisters that combats human trafficking for being “on the front line.”

The pope was speaking to the first general assembly of Talitha Kum, a project started in 2001 by the International Union of Superiors General. Today, it’s a worldwide network coordinating the efforts of religious communities committed to the fight against human trafficking, which affects an estimated 40 million people.

Talitha Kum now coordinates 52 religious networks present in more than 90 countries on six continents. There are currently some 2,000 operators in the network who have helped more than 15,000 trafficking victims and given formation to over 200,000 people in prevention and awareness programs.

The network met in Rome Sept 21-27 for its first general assembly. The meeting sought to set the main objectives of the network for the next five years, identifying priorities and evaluating the path traveled so far.

To read the full story by Inés San Martín on Angelus News: Click Here

Anti-Trafficking Action Feels Like Joining A Wave

November 11, 2019

I have been enthralled to read the articles about sisters throughout the world who are on the frontlines of fighting against human trafficking, and rescuing the victims. One of the articles particularly struck me. I think it was a sister from Nigeria who said something along the lines of, “Do not think of your efforts to be as a drop in the ocean but that we are an ocean of many drops.” This led me to think of my own journey of trying to stop the evil effects of human trafficking and how often I felt I was only a drop in the ocean, especially since I am getting on in years!

From the Talitha Kum website — its section on Nigeria — I read that one of our own sisters, Blandina Ryan of the Medical Missionaries of Mary, helped bring about awareness of this erosion of the human dignity of Nigerian women, through the Nigeria Conference of Women Religious. In 1999, while working in Nigeria, I first heard about Sister Blandina working in collaboration with other women religious in Italy; they met trafficked Nigerian women and restored them to their families. I knew she risked her life and was very proud of her.

Upon my return to the United States in 2002, I found some ways to help. In a circular letter from the Christian Brothers Investment Services, Julie Tanner suggested leaving a copy of the letter at hotel and motel desks for the managers, asking them to train their staff to look out for human trafficking. After several years of this I was delighted to hear from ECPAT (formerly End Child Prostitution And Trafficking) that most of the hotels had complied with this code; now it was time to thank them for doing so.

My next project was to ask if I could use the same sort of letter to write airlines, to ask them to sign the code to protect children from human trafficking; I received help from ECPAT’s Michelle Guelbart. Delta Airlines had already signed the code, so I wrote to the CEO of American Airlines to do the same — and also asked him to train his flight attendants to watch for human trafficking on its flights.

I heard nothing, but a year later, my sister traveled with American Airlines and sat next to a woman who told her she was the flight attendant in charge of training the American Airlines flight attendants. I thanked God for his providence because if my sister had not told me this story I would have given up hope. I have since learned that many sisters have been working on alerting airlines to the tragedy in human trafficking through the efforts of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, or USCSAHT.

Recently I heard about another sister with U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, who used to “corner” the flight attendants on every flight she took, to talk to them about how to detect human trafficking. There was a recent story about how airline staff in the Philippines detected a woman trying to smuggle a six day old baby out of the country in a sleeve sling. The baby was rescued.

Not knowing about this yet, my next move was to write to the CEO of American Airlines to congratulate him for training the flight attendants; before asking him to sign the code I checked the ECPAT website and found that American Airlines had signed the code a few months before. Overjoyed, I thanked God again.

I was encouraged to continue when I remembered something about the woman at the well from a book by Blessed Dom Columba Marmion. He said that all she had was a glimmer of goodwill, and Jesus used that glimmer to reveal himself to her and send her forth as his missionary.

 

To read the full story by Margaret Anne Meyer on Global Sisters Report: Click Here

Pope: More Church Sectors Needed In Fight Against Human Traffficking

November 4, 2019

Pope Francis is urging the collaboration and commitment of other sectors of the Church in order to make the fight against the scourge of trafficking in persons more prompt, effective and widespread.

He made the call on Thursday while meeting in the Vatican some 120 participants in the first general assembly of Talitha Kum, an international network of consecrated men and women fighting human trafficking.

Talitha Kum is a project of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), that brings together the women’s religious congregations, in collaboration with the men’s Union of Superiors General (USG).

Notable achievements

The Pope expressed admiration for the impressive achievement of the initiative that began in 2009 and today includes 52 networks of women’s congregations active in 92 countries of the world. It includes 2,000 volunteers who have helped more 15,000 victims and reached out to more than 200,000 people in prevention and awareness-raising activities.

“The numerous congregations that have worked and are working in the “forefront” of the Church’s missionary action against the scourge of trafficking in persons,” the Pope said, “deserve gratitude.”

Problems and solutions

He pointed to two main issues that the general assembly is focussing on. Firstly, great differences, mainly due to socio-cultural factors, still mark the condition of women in the world. Secondly, the limits of the neo-liberal development model, with its individualistic vision, risks depriving the state of responsibility.

The assembly, he noted, is identifying proposals for solutions, and highlighting the resources needed to implement them.  He appreciated their pastoral planning for a more qualified and fruitful assistance to the local Churches.  

 

Te read the full story by Robin Gomes on Vatican News: Click Here

Mercy Sister To Talitha Kum: Uphold Human Rights To Combat Trafficking

October 28, 2019

ROME — Australian Mercy Sr. Angela Reed recalled a survivor of trafficking in the Philippines who said to her, “You know, Sister, there are plenty of people who live in poverty, but not all are trafficked.” 

That provoked Reed to dig deeper when it came to the factors surrounding human trafficking, which are often simplified to fit a straightforward problem-solution paradigm, she said Sept. 23 on a panel addressing sisters who work against trafficking. The 86 delegates of women religious had come to Rome from 48 countries for the anniversary of Talitha Kum, a network of networks for sisters involved in this ministry.

“Some of the major challenges we face is to identify the problem and reframe the narrative from … a random act of victimization to understanding and recognizing it as systemic and long-term cumulative disadvantage over one’s life,” said Reed, who represents Mercy International Association/Mercy Global Action at the United Nations.

Reed pointed to “two very clear issues that need our attention,” which Comboni Missionary Sr. Gabriella Bottani, Talitha Kum’s international coordinator, mentioned in her opening address Sept. 21: the rejection of neoliberalism, which puts profits over people, and patriarchy, which endorses male privilege and power.

Joined by three other experts, Reed focused on vulnerabilities and what is missed when they become the emphasis in the conversation around trafficking as well as “the tendency of society to pathologize, make the victims the problem, saying they are the ones who have the problems and somehow, they are responsible for their situation.

“But survivors tell us a different story,” said Reed, who is Mercy International Association’s global action coordinator, overseeing her congregation’s advocacy work, with a particular focus on the trafficking of women and girls.

Three expert panelists and a moderator shared the stage with Reed: Teresa Albano from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, who moderated the panel; Helen Okoro, a social educator who works with survivors in Sicily; Maria Grazia Giammarinaro, U.N. special rapporteur on trafficking in persons; and Carlos Andrés Pérez from the Global Action against Trafficking in Persons and the Smuggling of Migrants initiative under the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime.

Echoing conversations sisters had earlier in the week, Reed pointed to patriarchy, sexual violence, colonialism and racism as the root causes of trafficking, and “how we define the problem determines how we think about solutions.”

 

To read the full story by Soli Sagado on Global Sisters Report: Click Here

Address Of His Holiness Pope Francis To Participants In The First General Assembly Of “Talitha Kum” The International Network Of Consecrated Life Against Human Trafficking

October 21, 2019

Dear Sisters,

I am very pleased to receive you today on the occasion of your first General Assembly. I thank Sister Kafka and Sister Bottani for their introduction. Talitha Kum was born in 2001 from a missionary intuition of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG). It flourishes today as a worldwide network that coordinates the efforts of Institutes of Consecrated Life against human trafficking. In just ten years it has come to coordinate 52 religious networks in more than 90 countries on all continents. The statistics of your service speak for themselves: 2000 workers, more than 15,000 victims of trafficking assisted and more than 200,000 people reached with prevention and awareness-raising activities.

I congratulate you on the important work you are doing amid very complex and tragic situations. Your work brings together the missions of different institutions and demands cooperation between them. You have chosen to be on the front line. Therefore the numerous Congregations that have worked and continue to work as the “avant-garde” of the Church’s missionary activity against the scourge of human trafficking deserve gratitude (see Address to Participants in the International Conference on Human Trafficking, 11 April 2019). This is also a model of how to work together. It is an example for the whole Church, and also for us: men, priests, bishops … You are giving a great example – keep at it!

In this, your first assembly, your main objective is to evaluate progress made and to identify missionary priorities for the next five years. In the various working sessions, you have chosen to discuss two main issues related to the phenomenon of trafficking. On the one hand, the great differences that still mark the condition of women in the world, which stem mainly from socio-cultural factors. On the other, the limits of the neoliberal development model, which risks undermining the state with its individualistic vision. These undoubtedly complex and urgent challenges require adequate and effective answers. I know that in your assembly you have committed yourself to identifying solutions and highlighting the resources necessary to carry them out. I appreciate this work of pastoral planning with a view to providing more competent and fruitful assistance to the local Churches.

While important, these are not the only challenges that face. The Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development recently published “Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking”, a document that sets forth the complexity of today’s challenges and offers clear pointers for all pastoral workers committed to working in this area.

I renew my encouragement to all the women’s Institutes of Consecrated Life that have organized and supported the commitment of their sisters in the fight against trafficking and in helping victims. While I invite you to continue this commitment, I also appeal to other Religious Congregations, both female and male, to join this missionary work, devoting personal service and resources so that they can reach remote corners of the earth. I also hope that foundations and benefactors will multiply and ensure generous and disinterested support for your activities. With regard to this invitation, I realize the problems that many Congregations have; indeed some, both female and male, may tell you: “We have so many problems to solve internally, we cannot…”. Tell them that the Pope said that “internal” problems are resolved by going out on the road, so that fresh air can enter.

 

To read the full statement from Pope Francis on Liberia EditricVaticana: Click Here

Talitha Kum: 10 Years Of Hard Work Against Human Trafficking

October 16, 2019

Talitha Kum’s General Assembly takes place from 21 to 27 September. It sees the participation of 86 delegates from 48 different nations and aims to present the work the sisters are doing in different countries and discuss how to implement new strategies in the fight against human trafficking and slavery.

A special award will be given to 10 sisters who in recent years have distinguished themselves for their commitment to the cause and have been instrumental in supporting anti-trafficking networks in different countries

Talitha Kum is a project of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), in collaboration with the Union of Superiors General (USG).

Pope Francis has repeatedly decried the trafficking of persons as an open wound on the body of contemporary society and called for action to stamp it out and sustain the victims.

It’s a phenomenon that currently affects at least 40 million vulnerable people, 70% of whom are women and children.

One of the participants in Talitha Kum’s General Assembly is Australian Sister Angela Reed. She told Vatican News that in order to stamp out trafficking a there is a series of preventive measures to be implemented.

Sister Reed explained that one of the first things to be done in the fight against human trafficking is to pinpoint and address the root causes that make a person vulnerable to be trafficked.

“We need to address vulnerabilities right from the time a child is born,” she said, pointing to the fact that right from the beginning of life, “There are certain conditions that must be present.”

“We must ensure that everybody has safe and adequate housing, we should ensure that every child has access to education, that they are part of a community and not left in isolation; we have to make sure there is decent work available in the future of young women so that they are not vulnerable to sexual trafficking,” she said.

To read the full story by Chiara Colotti & Linda Bordoni on Vatican News: Click Here

September 29: World Day for Migrants and Refugees

September 21, 2019

On September 29, 2019 the global Catholic Church will celebrate the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. This is a day to set aside time to focus on the reality of migrants and refugees in our communities and around the world, and take action to live the tenants of our faith which call us to welcome and offer hospitality to those in need.

Today, an unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from home. Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees, over half of whom are under the age of 18. Every 15 minutes a family is forced to flee their homeland. Many migrants and refugees are forcibly displaced from their homes by violence, climate change, oppressive governments, and poverty. They are the faces of Christ suffering in our midst today.

US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking recognizes that migrants and refugees are particularly vulnerable populations to both sex trafficking and labor trafficking. Part of the work to prevent and end human trafficking involves providing adequate support systems for migrants and refugees looking for safety, shelter, and employment in order to care for themselves and their families. The better we can care for our migrant and refugee brothers and sisters, the less likely they will be taken advantage of by traffickers.

On this World Day of Migrants and Refugees, we want to remind you of some resources we created to help you reflect on the connections between migration, refugees, and human trafficking which are free and available for download on our website.

USCSAHT Resources:

There are also a few ways you can take action to support refugees and migrants looking to resettle in the United States. Below are some opportunities for action for individuals and faith communities.

Invitation to Action:

  1. Support the GRACE Act and NO BAN Act

    US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking put together a
    toolkit for World Refugee Day back in June with information about the GRACE Act and NO BAN Act which would help raise the number of refugees accepted into the United States and repeal the ban on admissions from some Muslim majority countries. These acts have still not passed in either the House or the Senate, and we need you to continue to put pressure on your elected representatives, asking them to support the GRACE Act and the NO BAN Act. You can download that toolkit and learn more HERE. There are also prayer resources and personal stories available on that page.
  2. Welcome and Support Migrants and Refugees in your CommunityJustice for Immigrants has prepared a number of resources to help you and/or your community take action on World Day for Migrants and Refugees including a guide on accompaniment and solidarity with migrants and refugees, hosting a welcome meal, prayers of the faithful, special rosary, and church resources. You can download all those HERE.
  3. Download the official Vatican Tool Kit for World Day of Migrants and RefugeesThe Vatican Office for Migrants and Refugees has compiled a helpful kit of resources to aid in marking this important day. You can download that kit HERE.

Thank you for joining us in remembering migrants and refugees on September 29th and taking action to ensure that this vulnerable population is safe from human trafficking. As Pope Francis reminds us in his message for this year’s celebration, “It’s not just about migrants.” It’s about all of us, doing what we can, to face our own fears and courageously follow the path of love.