By Rosemary Lewallen     2/5/2021

The annual Solidarity Walk to End Human Trafficking will this year be a virtual walk to end human trafficking. The event will take place via Zoom on Monday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. This event is sponsored by the Bridge of Light:  Human Trafficking to Human Triumph Ministry, part of St. Irenaeus’ Health Ministry, in collaboration with the Southern California Partners for Global Justice.  

All are invited to join together virtually in solidarity for all victims of the heinous crime of human trafficking.  Each participant is asked to bring a candle that will be lit in unison with others at the beginning of the virtual walk to remind us of the divine light within each of us.  The candle is also a symbol of protest against the darkness of human trafficking – turning on the light so victims hidden in plain sight will be seen, to uncover the causes of human trafficking, and to understand that each purchase we make affects a life. Together our individual light can make a real difference in another’s life. 

This virtual Solidarity Walk to End Human Trafficking will include:  praying for those affected by human trafficking; hearing from a local sweat-shop survivor of labor trafficking and a community activist; learning about responsible consumerism; understanding the dire risk of child sexual exploitation through social media, and taking action to affect change to end human trafficking.  

Feb. 8 is also the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking and the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, patron saint of human trafficking victims, and a human trafficking victim herself.  

If you are interested in this event, please register by sending an email to  [email protected]  with the subject line, VIRTUAL WALK TO END HUMAN TRAFFICKING.  You will then be sent a link to the presentation.  If you have any questions, please call Monica Kovach, Facilitator of Health Ministry, at 310-490-6113.