February 8, 2018 – On the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, designated by Pope Francis as a day of prayer, reflection and action to end human trafficking, we join the Holy Father in praying that “that the Lord may convert the hearts of traffickers … and give those who are caught in this shameful scourge the realistic hope of regaining their freedom”.
Yesterday, during his general audience, Pope Francis appealed for concerted action against human trafficking by civil society and institutions.
We take this opportunity to share that the Trees of Hope campaign resulted in a mini-forest of almost 60 trees. The campaign was launched on July 30, 2017, during the ceremony for the signing of a joint declaration by faith leaders in Malaysia, organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with the CRMS. The faith leaders were the first to light the virtual Trees of Hope and by the end of the campaign, 5,904 people had lit a leaf, taking a first concrete action against human trafficking.