Praying for an End to Human Trafficking


Today, as we commemorate National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, it’s fitting to pause and reflect on the fact that an estimated 2.5 million people are currently being held in forced labor around our world. This includes well over a million children, being victimized by a crime many of us think ended years ago.

Saint Josephine Bakhita has been proposed as the Patron Saint against Human Trafficking. Born in the Sudan and subjected to years of slavery and abuse, Mother Josephine Bakhita found true freedom in her faith and her vocation to the religious life. Today, as we treasure our liberty and that of our children, let’s pause to pray for the many mothers and children around the world who continue to suffer under the scourge of slavery. The USCCB offers suggested ways in which we can help, including supporting Catholic Relief Services and volunteering to give a warm welcome to newly arriving immigrants and refugees.


About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.

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