Office of Respect Life Ministry

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month: 

January is designated as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month here in the United States.  This month provides special impetus to increase awareness and action about human trafficking.  Pope Francis has stated: “Human trafficking is a crime against humanity.  We must unite our efforts to free victims and stop this crime that’s become ever more aggressive, that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.”  Read more on the Project Irene website!

Click here for a meditation/prayer for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, which is on February 8th, 2019; on the Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita.

Click here for an article about human trafficking from the USCCB.



Father and maker of all,

you adorn all creation

with splendor and beauty,

and fashion human lives

in your image and likeness.

Awaken in every heart

reverence for the work of your hands,

and renew among your people

a readiness to nurture and sustain

your precious gift of life.
Grant this through our Lord

Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in

the unity of the Holy Spirit,

God forever and ever.


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Padre y hacedor de todo,

adornas la creación entera

con esplendor y belleza,

y moldeas las vidas humanas

a tu imagen y semejanza.

Despierta en cada corazón

reverencia por la obra de tus manos,

y renueva entre tu pueblo

la voluntad de alimentar y sostener

tu precioso don de la vida.
Concédenos esto mediante

Jesucristo Nuestro Señor, tu Hijo,

que vive y reina contigo en la unidad del Espíritu Santo,

un solo Dios, por los siglos de los siglos.



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