May 20, 2019

MIA-MGA Presents at Vatican Conference on Human Trafficking

L-R: Rita Giaretta OSU (Casa Ruth), Gabriella Bottani smc (Talitha Kum), Angela Reed rsm (MIA-MGA)

Angela Reed rsm presented a paper entitled ‘Responding to Survivors of Human Trafficking’, at an International Conference  held in Rome from 9-11 April, convened by the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Vatican’s Dicastory for Promoting Integral Human Development.

Focused on the newly published ‘Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking’, the conference brought together 200 service providers, academics, policy makers and pastoral agents. At the heart of the conference was the aim of sharing best pastoral practice in relation to working on the issue of human trafficking and with survivors.

The conference concluded with a private audience with Pope Francis in which he addressed all the delegates. He stated ‘ The numerous initiatives that place you in the front line in preventing trafficking, protecting survivors and prosecuting perpetrators are worthy of admiration…much has been done and is being done…but their remains much yet to do’.

The Address to participants given by Pope Francis can be accessed here.

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MIA-MGA Coordinator

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