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freedom shabbat - october 15 2016

ICJW is proud to support Stop the Traffik's Freedom Shabbat on Saturday October 15, planned alongside their Freedom Sunday events to raise awareness before Anti-Traffiking Day on October 18. You can find Jewish resources for Freedom Shabbat online at 

At the close of 2014 a number of world faith leaders including Argentine Rabbi Dr Abraham Skorka, Pope Francis, Archbishop Welby, Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Mohammad Taqi al-Modarresi and Zen Master Bhikkhuni Thich Nu Chan Khong signed an historic declaration aimed at tackling human tra cking and modern slavery. It stated that everyone is born with dignity and freedom, and anything that injured that was an “abhorrent crime against humanity”. 

For many years Christian faith groups have been marking Freedom Sunday or Saturday (depending on their worship day) on the Sunday or Saturday closest to 18 October, which is Anti-Trafficking Day. Now we have produced a resource and offer an invitation to Jewish faith communities to join together to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking and show the world our compassion for men, women and children who are trafficked and exploited around the world.

As the world’s faith communities we must demonstrate a united and tangible response against human trafficking. This heinous crime must not be tolerated. Through Freedom Shabbat and Freedom Sunday, faith communities are invited to make commitments to take action to prevent the crime of human trafficking in our local and global communities. We plan to expand this movement to include other faith groups.

Together, let’s stop human trafficking and let’s start freedom!


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