For over 10 years, Felician Sisters have been present to the undocumented and homeless in Pomona, California. But recently we realized that those we met on the streets were the "success" story — migrants who had survived, versus the hundreds who die in our deserts every year.
GSR Today - People are gathering across the world Feb. 8 in prayer and observances of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking.
The fruitfulness of the LA Freedom Walk happened because of relationships and rain, both connecting us and cementing us in a common challenge — to end human trafficking.
I was frustrated to know my home state, Missouri, is lagging behind in protections for child sex trafficking victims. Human trafficking is a complex tragedy that interconnects with many other social justice issues. None of us can afford to look away or remain silent.
India's Supreme Court rejected bail for a Missionaries of Charity nun arrested nearly seven months ago on suspicion of child trafficking. The top court turned down the plea from Missionaries of Charity Sister Concilia Jan. 29 on grounds that police had not yet pressed charges in the case.
The Life – Sister panelists and their congregations are battling against what one sister calls the "scourge of trafficking." Their tactics focus on prevention and awareness as well as rehabilitation of survivors. They are educating governments and even the United Nations about this worldwide form of modern slavery.
GSR Today - Fighting human trafficking ranks as the most focused global collective and collaborative effort by Catholic women religious. January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, designated in the U.S. since 2010, with Jan. 11 marking Human Trafficking Awareness Day.
For 13 years, the Australian Catholic Religious Against the Trafficking of Humans group has been going to the national Parliament to advocate for policies and laws to address modern-day slavery practices in supply chains and labor markets. It is hardly likely in Australia that anyone would not accept that we do not want human trafficking or slavery, but the readiness to open their eyes and realize that it does happen here is very welcome. We hope that the Modern Slavery Bill will be effective and given the resources it needs.
At a Cleveland retreat center Oct. 24-27, the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking network brought together women religious throughout the Western Hemisphere to share best practices in anti-trafficking ministry and to strengthen connections across borders. "This has given us is a flavor, to look at who we are together in this hemisphere and how we can help one another."
Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, raises awareness about human trafficking through the Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery, working alongside other groups. "We all have to work together because the survivors come to us through various venues."
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