IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY parish in Watervliet brought attention to the abuse, trafficking and abandonment of children in the United States with a candlelight prayer vigil in front of the Watervliet Price Chopper.

"The International Labor Organization estimates human trafficking grosses $150 billion a year and is rapidly growing, with profits beginning to match those made in the illegal drug and arms trades" -- and no country is immune to this crisis, stated a recent Catholic News Service story.

Pictured are parishioners of Immaculate Heart of Mary holding signs and praying during the vigil. See more photos in The Evangelist's print edition. The Church supports the WePROTECT Global Alliance against online child sexual abuse and exploitation; learn more at www.weprotect.org. (Nate Whitchurch photos)