The U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education,
supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery.
The 'Stop Trafficking' newsletter is an educational service of the USCSAHT and serves as a forum to further awareness, advocacy and action within the anti human trafficking community. However, the USCSAHT does not endorse organizations or activities featured, unless specifically stated.
We, members of Talitha Kum - the worldwide Network of religious life against trafficking in persons, denounce the crime of Trafficking in Persons and proclaim it as a grave offense against the dignity of the person and a serious violation of human rights.
As consecrated persons and women religious in solidarity with our sisters and brothers who suffer the consequences of this evil we will speak out loudly and clearly.
We strongly condemn this crime, addressing ourselves first to all the societies that permit wealth and power to control the lives and dignity of our sisters and brothers, who are sold and rendered objects of this modern form of slavery.
We urge local and national Catholic Episcopal Conferences, Regional and National Conferences of Religious, and religious congregations to take a stance and commit themselves with renewed energy for the protection, promotion and fulfillment of the rights of these sisters and brothers and to denounce all forms of trafficking.
We call on governments to be responsible not only to make laws against trafficking and to protect the victims, but also to implement these laws at all levels and to allocate adequate resources, both human and material, to combat this crime and compensate the victims. Governments are responsible to activate local, national and international networks capable of effectively counteracting this trafficking in persons.
We commit ourselves:
• To network among ourselves and with other social, civil, religious, and political organiza-tions.
• To strengthen existing efforts and initiatives to reduce the causes of human trafficking.
• To maximize and update resources for the prevention, protection, prosecution, assistance, awareness raising and condemnation of trafficking in persons.
• To continue to develop educational programs that awaken the consciousness of people and denounce this phenomenon.
• To participate in research in order to better understand causes, risk factors and vulnerabilities in the new scenarios of human trafficking.
We know that only by working in collaboration and solidarity are we able to confront the structural causes that generate trafficking. This mission obliges us to take a prophetic stance that requires continuous conversion and change of mentality.
We renew our commitment to promote the dignity of every person as a response to Christ’s words: “I have come that they may have life, life in its fullness.” (John 10:10)
Rome, Jan. 27, 2016
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International Union of Superiors General (UISG) DECLARATION - 2001
We, almost 800 women leaders of one million members of Catholic Religious Institutes throughout the world reflecting on the theme 'Women Religious: Many Cultures, One Heart: Sent to Be a Living Presence of the Tenderness and Mercy of God in Our Wounded World' publicly declare our determination to work in solidarity with one another within our own religious communities and in the countries in which we are located to address insistently at every level the abuse and sexual exploitation of women and children, with particular attention to the trafficking of women, which has become a lucrative multi-national business.
Drawing on our long tradition as educators we will continue to promote the education and formation of women within and outside our own organizations by committing personnel and financial resources to ensure the holistic development of women at every stage of life empowering them to develop an inner strength and appreciation of their God-given gifts to promote and enhance life.
As women committed to human rights we declare once more our solidarity with the poorest countries and restate our resolution to work for the cancellation of the international debt.
As women opposed to the perpetuation of war and violence we express our commitment to the creation of a culture of peace and we call on heads of governments and multi-national companies to stop the sale and purchase of armaments.
As women concerned about the preservation of Mother Earth we will take action when and wherever possible to end the destructive behavior that causes global warming and climate change and threatens all forms of life on our planet.
We pledge ourselves to implement these resolutions through a system of networking among ourselves and with other existing organizations with similar concerns within Churches and society.
Attentive to the cries that arise with one voice from many cultures we will respond as women disciples of Jesus Christ seeing the world with eyes of the heart and with the compassion of a loving God.