Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott today announced that the Governor’s Response Against Child Exploitation (GRACE) initiative will host the second annual Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking from 10 to January 16, 2022. Statewide Interfaith Week of Prayer coincides with Prevention of Human Trafficking. Month in the State of Texas and serves as a call to action for the faith community to unite in prayer, learn more about human trafficking, and discern opportunities to prevent exploitation and support human trafficking. survivors.
GRACE will launch the Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking with a virtual interfaith event on Monday January 10 at 6 p.m. on Facebook. The event will feature remarks from the First Lady and Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) Commissioner Jaime Masters, a prayer and a panel discussion by religious leaders and members of the Governor’s Office team against the trafficking in children for sexual purposes (CSTT).
“The Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking is an integral part of GRACE’s efforts to bring hope and healing to survivors and prevent this horrific crime,” said First Lady Cecilia Abbott. “I invite Texans of all faiths to join us in prayer and action so that we can end human trafficking once and for all.”
Starting Tuesday, January 11 at 9 a.m., a new video featuring different religious leaders from across the state will be posted on the Governor’s Office Facebook page to guide viewers through a brief prayer intention.
Daily prayer intentions for the week of prayer include:
- Monday January 10 – Pray for all who are currently being exploited to find safety and healing.
- Tuesday January 11 – Pray that all those who are vulnerable will receive the help, love and support necessary to meet their needs and not become victims of human trafficking.
- Wednesday January 12 – Pray for an end to demand and societal factors that normalize exploitation.
- Thursday, January 13 – Pray for protection from dangers online and that caregivers are equipped to keep their children safe.
- Friday, January 14 – Pray that Texans have the courage and skills to speak out and step in when they see behavior that puts others at risk.
- Saturday January 15 – Pray that every child has access to safe and supportive mentors and role models.
- Sunday January 16 – Pray for discernment on actions you can personally take to prevent human trafficking.
GRACE is a collaboration between the Office of the First Lady of Texas, CSTT, DFPS and a diverse group of religious leaders across Texas who work together to develop effective strategies to end human trafficking. The initiative was launched in December 2019.
Governor Greg Abbott has officially proclaimed January 2022 as Texas Human Trafficking Prevention Month. The governor also issued a proclamation recognizing January 10-16, 2022, as the Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking.
Additionally, the First Lady is encouraging all Texans to wear blue on Tuesday, January 11 in honor of National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Texans can use the hashtag #TXPraysToEndHT on social media to share their support for the Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking.
Religious leaders attending the launch event include:
- Pastor Jay Abernathy, Senior Pastor at First Baptist Church Woodville
- Susan Peters, Elder at the Antioch Community Church in Waco and World Director of Unbound
- Pastor Mosley Hobson, senior pastor of The Church of God in Christ of Greater St. John’s and New Zion Hill, representing ecclesiastical jurisdiction of Southwest Texas under the leadership of Bishop PE Bryant
- Pastor Eddie Aranda, Senior Pastor of Grace Bible Church in Laredo
- Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Chief Rabbi of the Agudas Achim Congregation in Austin
- Father James Misko, Vicar General of the Catholic Diocese of Austin
- Imam Islam Mossaad, Imam for the North Austin Muslim Community Center