National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
President Obama has declared January 2014 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating in the annual celebration of National Freedom Day on 1 February.
In his Presidential proclamation, President Obama has described Slavery as 'tear[ing] at our social fabric, [it] fuels violence and organized crime, and debases our common humanity.'
President Obama is calling on 'every nation, every community, and every individual to fight human trafficking wherever it exists. Let us declare as one that slavery has no place in our world, and let us finally restore to all people the most basic rights of freedom, dignity, and justice.'
Sisters of Mercy continue Catherine McAuley's ministry of outreach with distressed women today by opposing Human Trafficking.
Mercy International Global Action is focusing on Human Trafficking as one of its two major themes (the other being Cosmology/Eco Justice).