In honor of the Feb. 8 feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of human trafficking survivors, Global Sisters Report is providing information about prayer services, links to some of our past coverage and other resources.
With an initial grant from the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Nix Conference & Meeting Management created the free TraffickCam app, which lets users take photos of any hotel room and anonymously submit them to the database.
Since 2017, when the Africa Faith and Justice Network trained and mobilized Catholic sisters to tackle the menace of human trafficking, grassroots engagement has empowered local communities make change.
In Mexico City's La Merced district, the Oblate Sisters of the Most Holy Redeemer and helpers, wearing the blue vest of Casa Madre Antonia, walk the streets to offer a hand and encouragement to women in prostitution.
A concerted effort is needed to change the mindset of society, to promote human dignity and respect for girls and women, to break the cycle of patriarchy in families, schools, religious spaces and society.