In 2011, President Barack Obama issued a Presidential
Proclamation, designating each January to be National Slavery and Human
Trafficking Prevention Month. National Human Trafficking Awareness Day is
observed every year on January 11. While slavery was officially abolished
in the USA by the Thirteenth Amendment in December 1865, its forms still
exist. The present-day USA is the source, transit and destination country
for modern slaves: children, women and men. These people can be of
foreign nationalities or the citizens of the USA, but they are all
subjected to injustices of human trafficking, including sex trafficking,
forced labor, involuntary servitude, forced marriage and debt bondage. A
number of organizations have been created to raise public awareness of
modern slavery and prevent human trafficking – all intended to help
protect some of the most vulnerable members of our community.
The Department of Homeland Security created the Blue
Campaign to serve as the Department’s unified voice to combat human
trafficking. By prioritizing the fight against human trafficking and
improving coordination across the Department on this important issue, the
DHS embarked on a concerted effort to raise public consciousness of human
trafficking, protect victims, and bring perpetrators to justice. Please
join them in this important fight.
Houston just recently completed the work to receive the
designation as a Fair Trade Town – the first in Texas! The official
proclamation is expected in January.
January 8, DF Gathering – Bring toiletries for HT victims
to our Gathering! Keep an eye out a FlockNote with the list of items to
January 11 – Blue Campaign’s "Wear Blue Day", a
day where we can all pledge our solidarity with victims of human
trafficking and raise awareness about, and work to end, this heinous
crime. Participate by wearing blue and contributing to the campaign on
social media using #WearBlueDay. Help bring trafficking out of the
shadows and into plain sight.
January 11, 4:30 pm – Evening prayer in the Villa Chapel
for an end to human trafficking.
January 20 from 2-4 pm – Fair-Trade fair at A 2nd Cup,
1111 East 11th Street. All are invited to shop Fair-Trade vendors, sample
delicious Fair-Trade goodies, have fun with a variety of activities and
win prizes! Buying Fair-Trade products helps prevent human trafficking
because it provides a living wage for vulnerable populations that reduces
risk factors for trafficking victims.
February 7, 6:30 pm -- the Dominican Sisters host a Prayer
and Labyrinth Walk in the Meeting Room to end human trafficking in memory
of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint for the victims of slavery and