Journeying in Dignity
In observance of this day, The Moseley family joined Pat McCay, the founder of the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force and co-founder of the Alabama Human Trafficking Task, as she spoke to us about “Human Trafficking-The New Slavery.” She shared how this heinous crime is now the 2nd largest criminal enterprise in the world and how we can link arms with those working to stop it! Human trafficking affects millions of people globally, exploiting their vulnerability for profit and stripping them of their dignity.
Today, as we observe the International Day of Prayer Against Human Trafficking under the theme “Journeying in Dignity: Listen, Dream, Act,” we unite in solidarity to raise awareness and act against one of the most egregious violations of human rights in our world today.
Human trafficking affects millions of people globally, exploiting their vulnerability for profit and stripping them of their dignity.
- LISTEN – Listening is the first step towards understanding the gravity of the issue. It involves hearing the voices of survivors, understanding the root causes of trafficking, and acknowledging the intersecting factors such as poverty, inequality, conflict, and lack of opportunities that make individuals susceptible to exploitation.
- DREAM – Dreaming involves envisioning a world free from human trafficking—a world where every person is valued, protected, and empowered to live with dignity and freedom. It involves fostering creativity and innovation in developing solutions, advocating for policy changes, and building partnerships across sectors to address the complexities of trafficking.
- ACT – Action is imperative to bring about tangible change. It encompasses raising awareness in our communities, supporting survivors through access to services and opportunities for rehabilitation, advocating for more vital legislation and law enforcement efforts, and holding perpetrators accountable for their crimes.
As we embark on this journey in dignity, let us draw inspiration from the resilience of survivors, the dedication of frontline workers and advocates, and the commitment of governments and organizations working tirelessly to combat human trafficking.
Resources and References:
- United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC): Provides comprehensive resources, reports, and data on global efforts to combat human trafficking. Website
- Polaris: A leading non-profit organization combating human trafficking through a holistic approach, offering resources for victims, advocates, and communities. Website
- Blue Heart Campaign: An awareness-raising initiative by UNODC, mobilizing support to combat human trafficking and its impact on society. Website
- Freedom United: A global community dedicated to ending human trafficking and modern slavery, providing advocacy tools, campaigns, and educational resources. Website
- U.S. Department of State – Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons (TIP): Publishes the annual Trafficking in Persons Report, offering country-specific assessments and recommendations to address trafficking. Website
- Human Trafficking Search: An online platform curating news, research, and resources related to human trafficking from around the world. Website