RESOLUTION: HUMAN TRAFFICKING
Purpose: To provide information and bring awareness to the alarming problem of Human Trafficking which exists world-wide. There are more than 30 million victims of trafficking and human slavery. There are more slaves today than at any other time in human history. Victimization often includes trafficking for sexual exploitation, child exploitation, forced labor, and organ removal. In the United States, human trafficking is the second largest illegal business just behind drug trafficking. In the United States, an estimated 300,000 children yearly are victims of Human Trafficking.
Whereas, The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#2414) states, “The seventh commandment forbids acts or enterprises that for any reason…lead to the enslavement of human beings, to their being bought, sold and exchanged like merchandise, in disregard for their personal dignity.” and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has made the elimination of Human Trafficking a priority; and
Whereas, On April 10, 2014, Pope Francis stated, “Human trafficking is an open wound on the body of contemporary society and a scourge on the Body of Christ...it’s a crime against humanity”;
Resolved, That the National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) members become more informed about human trafficking and advocate for legislation to eradicate human trafficking;
Resolved, That the NCCW will promote the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, on February 8, the Feast Day of Saint Josephine Bakhita; and
Resolved, That the NCCW will support victims of Human Trafficking with prayer and ministry.
Submitted by: Service Commission
Chair: Chris Heiderscheidt
Author: Joyce Piersanti, Service Commission Focus Group Member