June 20 is World Refugee Day
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) invites us to pray for refugees, as we honor their strength, courage and resilience. Consider:
- Every 15 minutes a family is forced to flee their homeland.
- An unprecedented 68.5 million people around the world have been forced from their homes.
- Among them are nearly 25.4 million refugees – more than half, under the age of 18.
USCSAHT explains the link between forced migration and human trafficking:
Men, women and children are vulnerable to human trafficking when they are displaced due to violence, extreme poverty, humanitarian crises, climate change, natural disasters and conflict. Impoverished, vulnerable families are targeted by traffickers who promise to provide education or employment. Such promises are lures into situations of forced labor, sexual exploitation, enslavement or organ theft.
Here’s one way can stand in solidarity #WithRefugees and #StopRefugeeTrafficking: Call our Representatives and Senators and urge them to support two pro-refugee bills:
- H.R.2146 / S.1088 GRACE Act
- H.R. 2214 / S.1123 NO BAN Act