Pope Francis encouraged people to put themselves in the shoes of victims of human trafficking in the book, “I Am Joy: A Cry of Freedom from the Slavery of Trafficking.”
As the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000 marked its 20th year Oct. 28, it holds every nation on the globe “to account on human trafficking matters.”
At a recent interfaith forum, Armenian Apostolic Catholicos Aram of Cilicia urged faith communities to run “people-oriented education” programs and work for justice as well as healing.
The U.S. Embassy to the Holy See sponsored the symposium, which looked at how the COVID-19 pandemic is making the human trafficking situation worse.
The current health crisis, has exacerbated human trafficking “due to lack of housing and job security resulting from government measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”
A Vatican representative said the protection of rights and human dignity is not exclusive to the wealthy but also to the most vulnerable, especially victims of human trafficking.
The TIP or Trafficking in Persons Report takes modern-day slavery head on, providing a measuring stick for progress — or for regression, and sanction.
Women religious working “on the front lines,” exposed to the coronavirus continue to care for the communities they minister.