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July 30 is World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

July 30th, 2021

“Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society” – Pope Francis–

On July 30th the world observes the UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons and this year’s theme “Victims’ voices lead the way” highlights the incredible work and efforts of survivors to raise awareness to end this scourge. To coincide with this observance, Talitha Kum, the global anti-trafficking network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons, launched a new campaign focused on a care-centered model to break the cycle of human trafficking.

Between 20 and 40 million people are estimated to be trapped in modern slavery today.  Pope Francis has repeatedly denounced human trafficking as a scourge and a crime against humanity.

Founded in 2009 by the International Union of Superiors Generals (UISG), Talitha Kum International coordinates 50 networks in over 90 countries.

“In 2020, Talitha Kum networks worldwide cared for 17,000 survivors of human trafficking, providing safe housing, education and job opportunities, support to access justice and compensation, and healthcare and psychosocial assistance. During the same period, almost 170,000 people benefitted from prevention and awareness-raising activities organized by Talitha Kum,” a statement revealed.

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