National Human Trafficking Prevention Month

B-insert Insisting that fighting modern-day slavery is a shared responsibility President Barack Obama urged all Americans to educate themselves on the signs and consequences of human trafficking, declaring January to be National Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Work on human trafficking is not limited to a month. At any time and at every time, we can work to end this evil.

The President's pronouncement made on January 4 begins, "The United States was founded on the principle that all people are born with an unalienable right to freedom — an ideal that has driven the engine of American progress throughout our history. As a nation, we have known moments of great darkness and greater light; and dim years of chattel slavery illuminated and brought to an end by President Lincoln's actions and a painful Civil War. Yet even today, the darkness and inhumanity of enslavement exists. Millions of people worldwide are held in compelled service, as well as thousands within the United States. During National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, we acknowledge that forms of slavery still exist in the modern era, and we recommit ourselves to stopping the human traffickers who ply this horrific trade …”

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) has information and links to various sources to address issues related to human trafficking; presbyteries may obtain Human Trafficking Awareness Training.

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