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Pope Francis: Human Trafficking is a ‘Crime Against Humanity’

Posted on 25. Apr, 2014 by .

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From TheGuardian.com by Lizzy Davies

Pope Francis says human trafficking is ‘a crime against humanity’

Pope Francis addressing a crowdPolice from around the world and religious leaders pledge to work together and to fight against human trafficking

Pope Francis has described human trafficking as “a crime against humanity” as international police chiefs and religious figures pledged in the Vatican to work together to fight modern-day slavery.

At the end of a two-day meeting, organised by the bishops’ conference of England and Wales and chaired by the archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Pope Francis met privately with four women, all former sex workers who were the victims of trafficking.

In his address, the Argentinian pontiff said: “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society, a scourge upon the body of Christ. It is a crime against humanity.”

Attended by the home secretary, Theresa May, as well as Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the commissioner of the Metropolitan police, the conference was designed to encourage cooperation between the Catholic church and law enforcement officials on the ground.

The pope’s backing for the project was invaluable, said Hogan-Howe, not only for the moral stance it would send and the network of 1.2 billion Catholics it would reach but also for his sheer pulling power.

“If I’d asked 20 police chiefs from Thailand [and] Australia to travel to London, they may have, but I can guarantee that if the pope shows his interest, people will be interested. And that leadership is so powerful,” he said.

The pope’s backing of the conference could help move human trafficking up the agenda of governments throughout the world, added Hogan-Howe. “Apart from its mere statement, it encourages governments to pass laws. It seems to me that by making such a declaration it encourages governments to take this as a very high priority.”

The conference heard that only 1% of human trafficking victims currently come forward and the church believes it can play an important role in providing sanctuary for them, as well as support in reintegration, regularisation and psychological recovery.

Participants of the conference have dubbed themselves the Santa Martha group because many were accommodated in the Vatican guesthouse, or Casa Santa Marta, where the pope lives. They have agreed to meet again, in London, in November, said Nichols.

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Take Action About the Death Penalty

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Action Alerts

Experimental Drugs Used in Ohio Execution

Take action to implement an immediate moratorium following the execution by suffocation of Dennis McGuire on January 16, 2014. Experimental executions must not proceed, and the public and Ohio’s legislature need time to review and pass legislation related to the upcoming recommendations of the Joint Task Force created to study the administration of Ohio’s capital punishment system. For more information and to take action, click here.

For more opportunities to take action, visit our Action Alerts page.

Resources

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Lenten Study Guide

 

 

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Take Action About Human Trafficking

Posted on 24. Jan, 2014 by .

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Action Alerts

National Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty

Help us a bring a nationwide halt to the executions! Enough is enough. We have seen time and again how the death penalty fails us. It’s time for change. Sign on today to halt all executions nationwide.

For more information and to sign the petition, click here!

#BringBackOurGirls

Help save the 234 schoolgirls from Forced Child Marriage — tell Nigerian President Jonathan to:

  1. Act immediately on intelligence received from credible local sources;
  2. Work with neighbouring countries Cameroon and Chad as well as other nations offering assistance to mount an effective search for the girls; and
  3. Improve the protection of schools in north-eastern Nigeria so children can receive an education without risk of kidnapping, forced marriage or other abuses.

For more information and to take action, click here!

Pope’s Anti-Trafficking Initiative

Endorsement is open to leaders of all organizations: international, national, faith-based and secular. By endorsing the Global Freedom Network, you affirm that your organization shares a vision for a world free of slavery. For more information and to endorse the initiative, click here!

Traffic Report: Human trafficking was reported in ALL 50 states last year

“Human trafficking is a multi-billion dollar industry where perpetrators profit from the control and exploitation of others. While it can be found during the Super Bowl, it can also be found at motorcycle rallies in South Dakota, in the fields of Florida, in gangs in California, and in brothels in Washington, D.C. It’s modern slavery, and it affects every corner of the country.” For more information and to take action, click here.

Support the Strengthening the Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act

“Homeless teens. Kids in foster care. Young adults who run away from abusive group homes. Minor sex trafficking victims have had contact, often multiple times, with a child welfare system not always prepared to help them (see below for statistics). This bill helps use existing resources to better serve these vulnerable youth.” For more information and to take action, click here.

For more opportunities to take action, visit our Action Alerts page!

Resources

Polaris Project

“Polaris Project is a leading organization in the global fight against human trafficking and modern-day slavery. Named after the North Star “Polaris” that guided slaves to freedom along the Underground Railroad, Polaris Project is transforming the way that individuals and communities respond to human trafficking, in the U.S. and globally.”

Global Modern Slavery Directory

“The Global Modern Slavery Directory is a growing, publicly searchable database of more than 770 organizations and hotlines working on human trafficking and forced labor. With over 120 countries represented, the Directory will better enable service providers, law enforcement, policy makers, and advocates to both identify modern slavery organizations in specific countries and determine what services are or are not provided in a region.”

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Human Trafficking: Modern Day Slavery

Posted on 07. Nov, 2013 by .

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Screen Shot 2014-04-07 at 2.57.30 PMThis presentation was put together by The Collaborative to End Human Trafficking and was given in Washington D.C in November of 2013.

To download the power point to your computer, click the link below:

Human Trafficking

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“I Have A Dream” Speech

Posted on 23. Aug, 2013 by .

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This year is the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington. On the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in August of 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. gave his famous “I Have A Dream” speech. To listen to it, watch the video or click the link below:

“I Have A Dream” Speech

 

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