USCCB announces Day of Prayer for Survivors/Victims of Human Trafficking
(Vatican Radio) The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced that its Committee on Migration has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer for survivors and victims of human trafficking.
In a communique, the USCCB explains that February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering.
“On that day, we will lift our voices loudly in prayer, hope, and love for trafficking victims and survivors,” said Bishop Eusebio Elizondo, M.Sp.S., auxiliary bishop of Seattle and chairman of the Committee. “If just one person realizes from this day that they or someone they know is being trafficked, we will have made a difference.”