AUGUST – Trafﬁcking is not just an issue that happens to people in other countries. The United States is a source and transit country and is also considered one of the top destination points for victims of child trafﬁcking and exploitation. Are you aware of any trafﬁcked children in your area and services available for them? If so, contact the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafﬁcking (sistersagainsttrafﬁcking.org).
SEPTEMBER – When you are having your morning coffee, or your child is drinking a cup of cocoa, do you know that slavery could be involved? GOOGLE the Fair Trade movement and educate yourself about efforts to ensure that fair prices are paid to those who provide these commodities. Visit: U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafﬁcking (sistersagainsttrafﬁcking.org).
OCTOBER – According to Covenant House, “each year in the U.S. as many as 2 million youth experience a period of homelessness, and every year more than 5,000 of these young people live their lives in the streets.” MAKE A DIFFERENCE by learning about and advocating for youth in your area by visiting the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafﬁcking website at: sistersagainsttrafﬁcking.org.
NOVEMBER – The observance of Thanksgiving is often over-shadowed by Black Friday, a marketing sensation. Everyday is a marketing opportunity for predators who shop globally on the Internet. GATHER a group to study about Internet exploitation of men, women, and children. Visit: U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafﬁcking (sistersagainsttrafﬁcking.org).