Human Trafficking and Refugees

 Did You Know?  

  • The wretched living conditions to which refugees, asylum-seekers, and displaced persons are subjected, combined with punitive measures enforced against them by countries with whom they seek safe haven (such as detention), make this population a prime target for human traffickers who exploit their desire for safety, work, and belonging.
  • Education is a key component of avoiding human trafficking, which refugee children, especially girls, are lacking.
    • Refugee children are five times more likely to be out of school than their non-refugee peers.
    • Only fifty percent of all refugee children attended school prior to the pandemic
    • Research shows that refugee girls are less likely than boys to return to school after a disruption in their education, such as that of the pandemic.
  • “It is unlikely that refugee women will be a priority” in post-pandemic rebuilding efforts, leaving them even more vulnerable to exploitation.

 What Can You Do?  

 Prayer  

God Our Refuge  

Rescue UsYou share the journey

with migrants and refugees,

lightening their footsteps with hope.

For you, Lord, are close

to the broken-hearted.

 

Pour out your Spirit

upon world leaders.

May they see the tragedies

of our human family,

and be moved to respond with

wisdom, compassion and courage.

 

Open our eyes and hearts

to the God-given dignity

of all your people.

Move us to welcome our neighbors,

and so bear witness to your love.

Through Christ our Lord, Amen.

 

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