Every year on February 8, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita. The Unions of Superiors and Superiors General of Religious Institutes have set this day as the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking. Since 2015 this day is celebrated in many parts of the world for awareness raising against human trafficking and to pray for the victims.
A Prayer-Vigil for World Day of Prayer and Reflection Against Trafficking of Persons was held at Sant’Antonio Basilica, Rome, on February 8, 2020. The church was packed with mostly women religious living in Rome. Around 40 VIVAT members took part in the prayer-vigil.
On February 9, about 35 VIVAT members took part in the March: “Together against Human Trafficking” in Rome. We believe such awareness raising action is essential to change the society, and more people come forward in fighting this modern day slavery.
VIVAT International is committed to tackle the human trafficking issue both in local and international levels. Please visit the VIVAT website to learn the concrete actions.