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Human Trafficking Awareness Day at the CND


Did you know that human trafficking is quickly becoming the second most profitable form of trafficking in the world; and that this type of activity also takes place in Canada?
One of the most effective ways to eradicate human trafficking is still through raising people’s awareness. At the Congrégation de Notre-Dame, the Sisters stay informed on the issue and those responsible for social justice communicate whatever information is available to them.
On February 28 at the Mother House, the Social Justice Committee commemorated Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Several local communities of the Congregation as well as humanitarian organizations participated in the movement through awareness raising activities.
During Morning Prayer in the Chapel, the reading of a special prayer for the women victims of trafficking (used in UNANIMA International’s campaign against human trafficking ) helped the Sisters reflect on the fate of these victims.
All day, aspects of human trafficking were shown in a slide show near the Mother House cafeteria.
Ms. Nadja Pollaert, Director General, International Bureau for Children’s Rights (Canada) , joined the Sisters in a minute of silence. Her presentation of a testimony of a young woman who was rescued from the vicious circle of human trafficking reminded everyone that well planned actions can really make a difference.
There is news of another source of hope, this one on a larger scale.
Ms. Joy Smith, Member of Parliament for Kildonan-St-Paul, introduced a motion which calls on the Government of Canada to establish February 22 as Canada’s National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. She chose that day to reflect the anniversary of the day that the House of Commons unanimously condemned human trafficking by adopting her Private Members Motion.
Let us hope and pray that Canada take the necessary steps against human trafficking in Canada and abroad!

Ms. Nadja Pollaert reading the testimony of a rescued victim of trafficking.

CND Sisters observing a minute of silence.

Ms. Bineta Ba, Coordinator, CND Social Justice Network, Sister Pierrette Boissé, CND Representative against Human Trafficking and Ms. Nadja Pollaert, Director General, International Bureau for Children’s Rights (Canada).


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