2022 Assembly


8th February – St. Josephine Bakhita Day: International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons.


’They are just Children! Not Slaves.’’
On the 17th of November, 2016, to mark Universal Children’s Day (20th November), the organisations below, echoed pope Francis’ appeal ‘’…to adopt every possible measure to guarantee the protection and safety of child migrants.’’

  • Talitha Kum- Union of Superior Generals (USIG/USG).
  • World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations (WUCWO).
  • Caritas Internationalis.
  • Department for protecting Integral Human Development, Holy See.
  • International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC).
  • Jesuit Refugee Service.
  • Pax Christi International.
  • Scalabrinian Missionaries.
  • Scalabrini International Migration Network.

This year’s International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Trafficking in Persons (8th February, Feast Day of St. Bakhita), places a special emphasis on Trafficking in Children and Adolescents. We remember children who have been trafficked and reflect on how we can help them. We remember their families and loved ones who are in pain and suffering.
The following are a sample of activities throughout the RENATE network and available on the    RENATE website and FaceBook.

  1. In Albania, the URAT Network share their campaign to mark the 8th of February, available at
  2. Mary Ward Loreto in Albania, invite us to join with them in prayer, on the 8th of February.
  3. Our colleagues at Accion Social, CONFER in Spain, have devised a prayer service, which is available at
  4. The RENATE members in France invite us to prayer and have a number of features on St. Bakhita on their recently established website,
  5. In the Netherlands, 100 sisters of Charity, scmm, attend a special Liturgy to commemorate St. Bakhita and remember all victims of Human Trafficking, especially children.
  6. The Medaille Trust staff are walking 10 miles to raise funds for Modern Slavery Victims.
  7. In Slovakia, on the 8th February, SKCH are holding a Prayer Service at 19.30 in the Franciscan Church, Bratislava. Full details at
  8. Additional prayers and resources can be found at the Talitha Kum website, under the following:

Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.