The Chelmsford Catholic Collaborative Social Justice Committee serves our community by putting into action the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. We aim to work toward a more just and merciful world where everyone has an equal footing in terms of opportunities, rights, and access to those things that will allow them to realize their full potential – to give everyone “a place at the table, not just scraps from the table.” Each year, the committee will address a different social justice issue, identify ways to educate our community about the issue, and then identify ways to take action on the issue through service and outreach. We are addressing the issue of Human Trafficking in 2018. Each year, an estimated 17,000 vulnerable men, women and children are trafficked across our borders and then forced into slavery. Please MARK YOUR CALENDARS with events in our upcoming series addressing Human Trafficking. NIGHT ONE: Thursday, January 11th at 7:00 pm in St. Mary Church Parish Hall: Join us for a panel discussion. Those on the panel include a human trafficking survivor, people who provide assistance to victims and members of law enforcement; NIGHT TWO: Tuesday, February 6th at 7:00 pm in St. John Church Hall: Tonight’s presentation will focus specifically on the subject of sex trafficking; NIGHT THREE: Thursday, March 8th at 7:00 pm at St. Mary Church Parish Hall: Tonight’s presentation will focus specifically on the subject of labor trafficking; NIGHT FOUR: Tuesday, May 1st at 7:00 pm at St. John Church Hall: We will screen the film Not My Life, a 2011 American independent documentary film about human trafficking and contemporary slavery. Following the movie, we will discuss ways in which we can take action against this societal ill.