That All might treasure and support God's plan for life and love...We pray to the lord.
Raise your voice in prayer for the unborn
Sept. 22 is the kick-off of the 40 Days for Life campaign. Join us for this 40 Day campaign of peaceful prayer, fasting, and witness. People all across the country and throughout the world offer witness for the unborn and pray for mothers, fathers and children for an end to abortion. The prayer vigil runs from 7 am – 7 pm, September 22 – October 31, 2021. Be that person who prays that a mother gives her baby life. Be the sign from God that He wants fullness of life for her and her baby. If you cannot attend the prayer vigil in person, spend some extra time in prayer over these 40 days - ask God's protection for the fragile unborn and for a change of heart for these mothers and fathers.
Make an appointment with God: Sign up for a time slot at www.40daysforlife.com/honolulu
Isaiah 58: Let the Oppressed Go Free with permission Timothy Schmalz* http://sculpturebytps.com
Sculptor, Timothy Schmalz has created many meaningful, stirring, often controversial, always thought provoking works of art to engage and challenge. As a Christian artist, his works also evangelize. Perhaps you are familiar with Homeless Jesus or Angels Unawares residing at the Vatican.
In this piece, Let the Oppressed Go Free, we see St. Bakhita, who is a slave from another century, opening up the ground and letting the modern-day slaves free. As long as human trafficking remains an underground subject - seemingly nobody really wants to face up to it - it will not go away. St. Bakhita is bringing the issue, and the victims, into the open. Can we not do the same?
A Prayer to End Trafficking
(From USCCB handout for World Day of Peace 2015)
We seek your divine protection for all who are exploited and enslaved.
For those forced into labor, trafficked into sexual slavery, and denied freedom.
We beseech you to release them from their chains.
Grant them protection, safety, and empowerment.
Restore their dignity and provide them a new beginning.
Show us how we might end exploitation by addressing its causes.
Help us reach out in support of victims and survivors of human trafficking.
Make us instruments of your spirit for their liberation.
For this we pray through our Lord Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen
So what is human trafficking and what can we do about it?
The Department of Homeland Security defines human trafficking as the “illegal trade of humans for exploitation or commercial gain.” Exploitation often means forcing victims into prostitution or slavery. It is estimated that 75% or more of human trafficking is for sex. People are vulnerable for many reasons: war, poverty, or the desire for a better life. Women and children are targets for sex trafficking. Predators are ready to provide promises of love and success as they groom their victims.
The United States abolished slavery more than 150 years ago with the ratification of the 13th Amendment, and slavery is illegal everywhere. However, the International Labor Organization estimates that there are more than 20 million slaves in the world today—about twice as many as there were during the time of the transatlantic slave trade. The United States is both a source and destination for victims.
“It ought to concern every person, because it is a debasement of our common humanity. It ought to concern every community, because it tears at our social fabric. It ought to concern every business, because it distorts markets. It ought to concern every nation, because it endangers public health and fuels violence and organized crime. I’m talking about the injustice, the outrage, of human trafficking, which must be called by its true name - - modern slavery.”- President Barack Obama, September 25, 2012
Some statistics about Human Trafficking
Human traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to get the men, women, and children to do their bidding. Here are some of the shocking statistics.
Globally: from the International Labour Organization’s 2017 Report on Forced Labor and Forced Marriage:
40.3 milllion people are in modern slavery71% of the victims are women and girls
- 24.9 million people in forced labor
- 15.4 million people in forced marriages
1 in 4 victims are children
women and girls account for 99% in the commercial sex industry and 58% in other sectors
According to the 2017 State Department Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report, there were only 14,894 prosecutions and 9,071 convictions for trafficking globally
In the US: from DeliverFund – Facts about Human Trafficking in the US
The US is ranked among the worst countries globally for human trafficking
California consistently has the highest rates of human trafficking in the US
The American cities with the highest number of human trafficking cases are Washington, D.C., Atlanta GA, Orlando FL, Miami FL, and Las Vegas NV
It is estimated between 250,000 and 300,00 women and children are victims of sex trafficking
In Hawaii: from Child and Family Service – Sex Trafficking in Hawaii
Recent news reports indicate an alarming rise of sex trafficking in Hawaii
A Child and Family Service survey in 2020 concludes:
23% of victims were trafficked before they were 18 years old, average age just under 12 years old
25% reported that their first sex trafficker was a family member
more than 75% of victims were female
64% identified as being part-Hawaiian
So how can we help to make a difference?
Raise your voice: Send a letter to your elected officials to let them know that trafficking is an issue that matters to you.
If you suspect someone is a victim of trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline 1-888-373-7888 or text to 233733
Report missing children or child pornography to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children 1-800-843-5678 or through the Cybertipline
Spread the word. Be well informed and help to sponsor an awareness event.
Think before you shop. Be an informed consumer. Who made your clothes?
Volunteer locally: Check out Ho`ola Na Pua Learn about, volunteer, donate to this organization that was founded to shine light on the dark criminal enterprise of sex trafficking, placing the health of Hawaii’s youth at the center of their mission and vision for our community. They are committed to the prevention of sex trafficking and providing care for children who have been exploited.
- US Department of State: Fight Human Trafficking
- 31 Ways to Help Prevent Human Trafficking
- United Way Center to Combat Human Trafficking
- UNICEF How to Help Stop Child Trafficking
Here are some actions you can take to share your respect for ALL life:
Speak up for the vulnerable – the unborn, the infirm, the suffering, those in poverty.
Ask God to open your mind and heart and inspire you to work for peace, justice, and life.
Join your voice to others. https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/Campaigns
Write to your state and national legislators. Let your voice be heard on issues concerning life. USCCB Legislative concerns: https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/campaigns
o Senator Brian Schatz https://www.schatz.senate.gov/contact
o Senator Mazie Hirono https://www.hirono.senate.gov/contact
o Representative Ed Case (1st Congressional District) https://case.house.gov/contact/
o Representative Kaiali`i Kahele (2nd Congressional District) https://kahele.house.gov/contact
Join the Community Action Network https://www.hawaiifamilyforum.org/training/
Visit https://www.usccb.org/prolife to learn ways you can make a difference
Sign up for Respect Life Prayer and Action at https://www.respectlife.org/
Support Moms in Need with your prayers – and action: https://www.walkingwithmoms.com/
Join the Holy Trinity Respect Life Committee- contact Debbie Kula firstname.lastname@example.org.
Respect Life Resources
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I dedicated you.
Catholic Diocese of Hawaii – Respect Life Office
Through its ministry to parishes, schools, youth groups, colleges and universities, religious and secular media, legislators and all people of good will, the Respect Life Office seeks to transform society into a Culture of Life where every human being is valued and protected from the moment of fertilization until natural death. Human life must be respected because it is sacred. From its beginning human life involves the creative action of God and it remains forever in a special relationship with the Creator, who is its sole end. It is not lawful for anyone directly to destroy an innocent human being. This is gravely contrary to the dignity of the person and the holiness of the Creator. "Do not slay the innocent and the righteous" (Exodus 23:7). | Further reading: CCC 2258-2262, 2318-2320
Mary Jane Home
The Mary Jane Home offers a unique housing and educational opportunity to pregnant women who are in need of a safe, affordable place to live during their pregnancy. The staff provides education and support so women can prepare for their child and work toward accomplishing their life goals.
The program offers six ready-to-move-in private rooms and individual and group counseling as well as daily classes in infant care, childbirth and valuable life skills to prepare them for a healthy pregnancy and birth.
The Adoption Option
House of Ruth - A Private Adoption referral service.
Call (808) 524-0844.
Founder and President Lila Rose started Live Action when she was just 15 years old from her family’s living room. Since that time, Live Action has grown to become one of the leading national pro-life and human rights organizations in America, dedicated to ending abortion and inspiring a culture that respects and defends life.
The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii
An unplanned pregnancy can be a very difficult thing to deal with on your own. If you find yourself in this situation, we urge you to contact us for a free pregnancy test and confidential counseling. We are here to help.
For confidential help, call The Pearson Foundation of Hawaii, Inc.
(808) 942-0328 (office hours) or (808) 319-5489 (24-hour hotline)
1145 Bishop Street, Honolulu, HI 96813
Whether it’s been one year or 20 years, you need time to grieve your loss and reflect on your feelings of sorrow and regret. Project Rachel is here to help you do that in a supportive and confidential environment. We are here to listen to you and help you through your pain.
Program Coordinators: Deacon Keith & Bernadette Galang
Referral Number: 888.456.4673
Rachel’s Vineyard is a safe place to renew, rebuild and redeem hearts broken by abortion. Weekend retreats offer you a supportive, confidential and non-judgmental environment where women and men can express, release and reconcile painful post-abortive emotions to begin the process of restoration, renewal and healing.
Contact: Lisa Shorba 808-349-5071 RVinHawaii@gmail.com
Rachel’s Vineyard weekend retreat - Healing the pain of abortion
Next weekend retreat - Oct. 15-17, 2021 Space is limited Brochure
Abortion Pill Rescue Network
Abortion pill reversal – 877-558-0333