Archdiocese calling for social media fast to raise awareness for human trafficking

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NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) – Can you take a social media break for one day? The Archdiocese of New Orleans is calling on all Catholics to take a stand against human trafficking. They want people to fast from social media on February 1.

“It is an initiative born out of the latest synod priorities to advocate for victims of human trafficking, and the local day of Prayer and Awareness coincides well with two major events that cause a spike in human trafficking activity: the Super Bowl (February 7) and, locally, Mardi Gras (February 9),” the Archdiocese said in a statement.

All archdiocesan social media platforms also with several archdiocesan agencies, including Catholic Charities, Project Lazarus and the Clarion Herald will go silent on February 1.

“The social media fast is significant because traffickers use technology, social media, cell phone texts and other means of communication, to promote and even ‘recruit’ for their business,”  the Archdiocese explained. “Every time one feels the urge to check Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or another social media platform rather stop and say a prayer for victims and for an end to human trafficking.”

More information and resources, including how individuals can take action against human trafficking, are available through the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website here.

Those wanting to participate in the February 1 Day of Fasting from Social Media are encouraged to raise awareness through the use of hashtags #stophumantrafficking and #endtrafficking in advance of the day and following the day until February 8, the International Day of Prayer for Victims of Human Trafficking.