CNA Staff, Jul 30, 2020 / 05:00 am America/Denver (CNA).
The U.S. bishops have urged Catholics to pray for the victims of human trafficking Thursday, as the United Nations again designated July 30 as World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.
“Today we take a moment to pray for all victims and survivors of human trafficking and to reflect upon our responsibilities as individuals and as a Church to make their well-being and protection a priority,” Bishop Mario Dorsonville, an auxiliary bishop of Washington and the chairman of the USCCB’s Committee on Migration said in a statement.
“We are renewing our call to educating about human trafficking and proclaiming the value of all human life,” said Dorsonville, adding that Pope Francis has made the issue a priority.
“We are called by our Holy Father to take a firm stance against this terrible violation of the dignity of the human person and to do everything in our power to eradicate it,” he said.
The United Nations first declared a World Day Against Trafficking in Persons in 2013. This year, there is an increased focus on the importance of first responders, who work to prevent trafficking and to rescue people who have been trafficked.