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 News Release           February 3, 2015      News Release





First International Prayer Day and Reflection on Human Trafficking



The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life will join their voices and prayers with the world as we pray on the First International Prayer and Reflection on human trafficking to be held on Sunday February 8, 2015, the glorious feast of our Saint Josephine Bakhita, stated
Father James E. Goode, OFM, President of the National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life.

Vatican City, 26 November 2014 (VIS) – The Pontifical Councils for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant Peoples and for Justice and Peace, in collaboration with the international male and female Unions of Superior Generals (UISG and USG) have convoked an international conference for prayer and reflection on human trafficking, to be held on
8 February 2015, feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, the Sudanese slave canonized in 2000.

According to a press release, “human trafficking is one of the worst examples of slavery in the XXI Century. This concerns the whole world. According to the International Labor Organization (ILO) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) roughly 21 million people, often very poor and vulnerable, are victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation, forced labor and begging, illegal organ removal, domestic servitude and forced marriages, illegal adoption and other forms of exploitation. Each year around 2.5 million people are victims of trafficking and slavery: 60 are women and children. They often suffer abuse and unspeakable violence. On the other hand, for traffickers and pimps, this is one of the most lucrative illegal activities in the world, generating a total of 32 billion dollars a year. It is the third most profitable 'business' after drugs and arms trafficking”.

“The primary objective of the International Day is to create greater awareness on this phenomenon and to reflect on the overall situation of violence and injustice that affect so many people, who have no voice, do not count, and are no one: they are simply slaves. Another goal is to attempt to provide solutions to counter this modern form of slavery by taking concrete actions. For this, it is necessary to stress the need to ensure rights, freedom and dignity to all trafficked persons, reduced to slavery. On the other hand, we must denounce both the criminal organization and those who use and abuse the poverty and vulnerability of victims to transform them into goods for pleasure and gain”.

National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life



The National Black Catholic Apostolate for Life was inaugurated in the fall of 1997, with the
National Black Catholic Clergy Caucus and the Franciscan Solid Ground Ministry as sponsors
and with the support of the
John Cardinal O'Connor, then Archbishop of New York and the
Archdiocesan Office of Black Ministry - Brother Tyrone A. Davis, CFC, Executive Director. 
Since then, NBCAL Affiliates have been established throughout the United States.



NBCAL Board of Consultants


Most Rev. J. Terry Steib, S.V.D., DD Episcopal Advisor,
 Rev. Fr. James E. Goode, OFM, Ph.D President - NBCAL,
Dr. Beverly A. Carroll
(Former, USCB:SAAC, NBCAL Senior Advisor),
 Rev. Monsignor Mauricio West, V.G. (NBCCC), Very Rev. Glenn D. Parker, CSsR (NBCCC),
Ms. Donna Toliver Grimes, (USCCB-SCDC)A.D. AAA,
Sr. M. Callista Robinson, OSF, Pres.NBSC,
Fr. Kenneth Taylor, Pres.NBCCC, Deacon Arthur L. Miller, Pres. NABCA (Ex-officio),
Deacon Joseph Connor,  Pres.(NAAACD),  Rev. Fr. Fred J. Briers. CR (NBCCC),
 Ms. Therese Wilson Favors, (NABCA), Supreme Knight
Fredron DeKarlos Blackmon (KPC),
Supreme Lady Vertella A. Kenion


National Black Catholic Congress
Valerie E. Washington, Exec. Director

Xavier University,

            Institute for Black Catholic Studies
      Rev. Maurice J. Nutt, CSsR, D.Min