Recapping the Human Trafficking Conference Co-Sponsored by FAN

Image from Human Trafficking Conference at CUAThe Franciscan Action Network co-sponsored a conference – “Human Trafficking: Epidemic Contemporary Slavery” – which was held at the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. on October 26.

The conference was also cosponsored by Franciscans International, the Franciscan Federation and the Institute for Policy Research and Catholic Studies at Catholic University. The keynote speaker, Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, is the Director of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Human Persons.

Two items of interest from Ambassador CdeBaca’s presentation:

• Manpower, the world’s leader in employment services, was the first company to declare a zero tolerance policy for working with any entity, which benefits in any way, from human trafficking.

• The Body Shop has been working with ECPAT (End Child Prostitution, Child Pornography and the Trafficking of Children for Sexual Purposes) to raise awareness of trafficking. The Body Shop also donates proceeds from their Soft Hands Kind Heart Hand Cream to organizations that support victims of trafficking. Part of the money is used to remove tattoos from women who have been trafficked. (Pimps will often “brand” victims of sex trafficking with distinctive tattoos.)

Also featured at the conference were a panel of survivors of human trafficking, who presented testimonials regarding their journeys from Ethiopia to the United States, and a panel of advocacy and policy experts.

View Photos on the FAN Flickr Page

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Action Commission

Published in: on November 13, 2011 at 10:45 pm  Leave a Comment  

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