Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention

Please note that the National Human Trafficking Awareness Sunday is observed on January 11.  In the Diocese of Orlando, it will be observed on January 30.

Pope Benedict XVI has emphasized the need for a “renewed awareness of the inestimable value of life and an ever more courageous commitment to the defense of human rights and the overcoming of every type of abuse.” At the same time he has also expressed deep appreciation for the laudable anti-trafficking initiatives.

Bishops of Florida have taken the lead in creating a greater awareness of the problem of human trafficking and the Catholic response to it.  Bishop John Noonan declared Sunday, January 30 as Human Trafficking Awareness Sunday and all parishes will participate in educational and prevention opportunities.  A Statement from the Florida Bishops on Human Trafficking in English and in Spanish is now available for parish use.

A Human Trafficking Awareness Training will take place at Barry University on Saturday, January 29, 2011.  For more information on the training at Barry University, contact Elizabeth Clayton, eclayton@orlandodiocese.org