Talita Kum is an expression that is found in the Gospel of Mark (5, 41). The words, translated from the Aramaic mean "young girl, I say to you, arise." These words are addressed by Jesus to the twelve year old daughter of Jairus, who lay apparently lifeless. After uttering these words, Jesus took her by the hand and she immediately got up and walked.
The worldwide network of consecrated life committed against trafficking of people chose the expression "Talitha Kum" to define their identity.
The expression "Talitha Kum" has the transformative power of compassion and mercy, which awakens the deep desire for dignity and life which may be asleep and injured by the many forms of exploitation.
Trafficking in persons is a complex and multidimensional phenomenon, wounding tens of millions of individuals and the entire human society. The expression Talitha Kum is an invitation to all to stand up to counter with our voice, our actions, our daily choices and our lives everything that promotes and supports trafficking in persons. We denounce the arrogance and violence of economic and financial power when it acts against the dignity of the person.
Those who adhere to the values of Talitha Kum are committed to be neighbour to those who suffer the serious consequences of trafficking in persons, men, women, children, and families. The activities and projects of Talitha Kum are aimed at all those who are robbed of their dignity and deprived of liberty, regardless of their lifestyle, race, religion, economic or sexual orientation. The members of Talitha Kum living and bearing witness to Christian values, dialogue with and show respect for members of the different religious traditions and for non-believers.