Second International Day against Human Trafficking

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On February 8, 2016, let’s pray and share against Human Trafficking!

Longueuil, Quebec, Canada – January 30, 2016, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary invites the public, its members and friends to celebrate the Second International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

February 8th is the date chosen for this day, because it is the feast of Saint Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave who became a religious and was canonized in 2000.Saint Josephine Bakhita

On this occasion, the Holy Names Sisters will be organizing a number of sharing circles and discussion groups. A special prayer has been written for the Day and is available online here in five languages. This collective prayer will serve as the launching point for discussions and exchange of views. Everyone who is interested is invited to join!

About the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

Organized by two Pontifical Councils and the International Unions of Superiors General for both women and men religious (the UISG and the USG), the Day will be celebrated in dioceses and parishes throughout the world. The Day is intended to increase public awareness about human trafficking and to promote reflection on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affects and makes “slaves” of the poor and the “voiceless”. To learn more

About human trafficking

According to the International Labour organization (ILO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), approximately 21 million people, often the most poor and vulnerable, are victims of human trafficking for purposes of sexual exploitation, forced labour, organ theft, forced begging, domestic servitude, forced marriage, illegal adoption or other forms of exploitation. To learn more

The Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM) is an international community of Catholic women religious. In their mission, the SNJMs act with the cooperation of associates, lay consecrated persons, volunteers, colleagues and friends. Founded in 1843 in Longueuil, QC, Canada, the congregation carries out its mission of education on three continents. This year, the Congregation is celebrating 11 years of commitment and involvement against human trafficking. Also, the SNJMs actively support two NGO involved against human trafficking: Unanima Internationa and Cathii. Want to learn more? Visit