From The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

“The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. On this day, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon.

Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.”

Learn more about the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking

Download the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month & Day of Prayer Toolkit PDF, including Human Trafficking background information, Talking Points, Letter to the Editor Tips, Community Engagement Ideas, and more!


“Stop Human Trafficking and Exploitation. Protect, Help, Empower, and Restore Dignity (SHEPHERD) educates lay and religious leaders about human trafficking from a Catholic perspective, equipping them with needed knowledge and skills to combat forced labor and commercial sexual exploitation at the local level. If you are from a parish, diocese, school, or community group and want to respond to the Church’s call for heightened commitment against modern-day slavery, then SHEPHERD is for you.”

Learn more about the USCBB’s SHEPHERD program

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