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With encouragement from Pope Francis, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General designated Feb. 8 as an annual day of prayer, reflection and action against human trafficking. On this day, we remember and pray for survivors and victims of modern-day slavery. Each year, thousands of vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) is a national leader in advocacy and education to eradicate sex and labor trafficking. To learn more, visit the Justice for Immigrants website. Today is also the feast of St. Josephine Bakhita, a survivor of human trafficking. She dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. Download her prayer card.