Social Justice

 Our Stand Against Human Trafficking

As an international congregation of consecrated women, the Daughters of the Heart of Mary are sensitive to the needs of our global society. Sexual exploitation and forced labor are forms of modern slavery. They are crimes against the basic dignity and rights of the human person. We stand in opposition to the atrocity of human trafficking. We stand in solidarity with those who are enslaved and exploited, the Church, religious congregations, civic organizations, government agencies and businesses, as together we seek ways to end this crime against humanity.

You Can Help Eradicate Modern Slavery!


Pray + Learn + Act


PRAY for an End to Modern Slavery

Join with us in daily prayer to end human trafficking on January 11th, which is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day, and continue the prayer concluding on February 8th, the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was abducted and sold into slavery.

Pope Francis is greatly invested in the movement to end modern day slavery. The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Travelers, the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, and the International Union of Superiors General have designated February 8th as the annual International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.

                         Prayer to St. Josephine BakhitaStJosephineBakhita

Loving God, rewarder of the humble, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita with charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us to carry our cross and to love you always. Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love with which you filled St. Josephine Bakhita. (Insert prayer intention for the victims of human trafficking.) By serving you as she did, may we please you by our faith and our actions. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever.  Amen.


LEARN All You Can About the Atrocity of Human Trafficking

      Resource Links:


Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance (PHAP)

EndSlavery  (Vatican's anti-human trafficking webpage)

USCCB information on Catholic organizations against human trafficking

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Anti-Trafficking Program

U.S. Department of State, Trafficking in Persons Report   

2014 Global Slavery Index

International Labour Organization  

Homeland Security (human trafficking laws and regulations)

U.S. Laws and Legislations on Trafficking in Persons

Support of Legislation to Prevent Online Sex Trafficking of Youth Urged

Freedom Network

Made in a Free World

Made in a Free World video page

Human (list of anti-trafficking non-governmental organizations)

Polaris Project

Global Sisters Report



Become an ACTtivist to Free Those in Bondage 


Downloadable Form Letters

Letter to Schools | Letter to Shopping Malls | Letter to Bus Depots

Support Fair Trade

Information on Fair Trade

Fair Trade in Chicago


Anti-Human Trafficking Events and Opportunities for Activism

  *** Important! Pending Anti-Trafficking Legislation by State Including List of Senators***

Coalition Against the Trafficking of Women (suggestions for taking action) 



DHM Around the World


Below is a partial listing of our provinces  -- those with websites

DHM International Website:





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