World Day Against Trafficking in Persons
July 30 is designated as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons by the United Nations. Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. It is a global epidemic that reaches every corner of the earth, and those responsible make billions of dollars in profit each year. Slavery, long thought to be eradicated, has merely evolved and taken on new variations that make it more difficult to eliminate. The International Labor Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally; 75 percent of them are women and girls.
The Felician Sisters of North America are among the founding communities of US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. We are motivated in this work by our faith which calls us to honor the rights and dignity of every person as a beloved child of God. Pope Francis has described human trafficking as, “…an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ.” We are called to help heal the body of Christ by eliminating the root causes of this wound, seeking to transform societal conditions as well as the individual hearts and minds of those who engage in trafficking.
What Does it Mean to be a Refugee?
About 60 million people around the globe have been forced to leave their homes to escape war, violence and persecution. The majority have become Internally Displaced Persons, meaning they fled their homes but are still in their own countries. Others, referred to as refugees, sought shelter outside their own country. But what does that term really mean? Please click here to view this 5 minute TED talk.
Praying for Families in Detention Camps
A Mass will be celebrated Tuesday, July 30, at 6 pm at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 1050 Porter, Detroit, MI 48226, for families suffering now in detention camps in the United States. The service will include prayers for courage to respond to Pope Francis’ exhortations to recognize immigrants as our brothers and sisters and a Children’s Procession of Flowers and Prayers to Our Lady of Guadalupe for children who have died in camps or along the exodus from their countries.