Happy New Year to all!
2017 has arrived with hope, giving us courage and renewed focus on assisting migrants and refugees. We strive to continue to be engaged in the work of abolishing human trafficking.
The next few weeks are filled with days dedicated to education and abolishment modern slavery. The entire month of January is the National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, culminating on February 1 with National Freedom Day. January 11 is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day while January 15 is the World Day for Migrants and Refugees. These days provide opportunities to raise awareness about the contributions of migrants, refugees, and victims of human trafficking in our communities.
As is customary, Pope Francis published a Pontifical message for the World Day for Migrants and Refugees, declaring the theme to be “minor migrants, vulnerable and voiceless.” You can read his message here.