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Becoming aware of human trafficking on a daily basis

From January 1st to February 8th, 2018, an awareness campaign with prayer intercessions was orchestrated by the anti-trafficking committee of the SNJM Justice and Peace Network. Sisters, SNJM associates, consecrated laypersons and all those attuned to SNJM values are invited to participate individually or collectively in this process to thwart the phenomenon of human trafficking.

This initiative was inspired by the American Bishops’ invitation of to the faithful to draw attention to the fight against the various forms of trafficking. The project took shape as a schedule of prayer intercessions spread out among the various groups within the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary (SNJM).

These prayer intercessions can also serve as reflection and awareness of the various aspects of this phenomenon that affects all societies, including Quebec and Canada. It was intended as a calendar, but can be used in a variety of ways and adapted according to circumstances such as suggested intentions during a time of prayer, or to spend a period of reflection at a meeting, etc.

Stand up against human trafficking
 
Here are a few of the intercessions:
 
• For victims of trafficking who can no longer see their families.
• For people searching for missing family members.
• For people working in agriculture and who are being exploited.
• For people who are without resources in another country because of trafficking.
• For young runaways in their vulnerability to sexual exploitation.
• For the broken dreams of scam victims who are subjected to forced labor.
• For those who write letters to the members of government to advocate for more just laws.
 
You will find the bilingual version of this calendar as a PDF file, below. 
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