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You can’t change what you don’t know

You can’t change what you don’t know. Today is Human Trafficking Awareness Day. What do you know about the multi-billion dollar industry of human trafficking? To read victims’ stories, check out the U.S. Department of State’s 2012 Trafficking in Persons report. Then share a story with someone today and begin building awareness.

Delegates to the Eighth Triennial Convention of Women of the ELCA (July 2011) declared war against those who profit from human trafficking and resolved that we support programs that educate women and children to avoid the dangers of sexual predators or dealers in pornography and human trafficking.

The memorial also provided that each Women of the ELCA unit be encouraged to provide at least one program per year on the unhealthy sexualization of girls and boys through media and popular culture. To plan your program, check out the resources offered by the ELCA Justice for Women program. Additional resources are available from our Presbyterian partners and our sisters in United Methodist Women. All these web pages include links to many additional resources.

A call for a weekend of prayer to end slavery and trafficking has been issued. Organizers are seeking one million people to pray this weekend, January 11-13, for an end to slavery and trafficking.

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