Texas First Lady Cecilia Abbott announced Tuesday that the Governor's Response Against Child Exploitation (GRACE) initiative will host a statewide interfaith Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking from January 11 to January 17, 2021.

Texas' Week of Prayer will coincide with Human Trafficking Prevention Month, and is meant to serve as a call to action to faith-based communities to not only pray for human trafficking victims, but to recognize the signs of trafficking, work to prevent it, and support survivors.

The Week of Prayer will start with a virtual interfaith event at 6 PM January 11 on Facebook, which will include remarks from state officials and a panel discussion of faith leaders and members of the Office of the Governor's Child Sex Trafficking Team (CSTT).

The Week of Prayer Schedule is as follows:

"The Governor's GRACE Initiative is working closely with communities of faith all across Texas to help prevent human trafficking and bring hope and healing to survivors, and the Week of Prayer to End Human Trafficking is an important part of our efforts," said First Lady Cecilia Abbott. "I urge Texans of all faiths across the state to join us in prayer and action so that we can put an end to human trafficking once and for all."

The GRACE imitative was launched in December of 2019 as a collaboration between Office of the Texas First Lady, CSTT, the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS), and faith leaders from across the Lone Star State.

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