Upcoming Day of Prayer to Raise Awareness About Human Trafficking

On 8 February, Catholics are invited to host or attend prayer services to support survivors of modern-day slavery. The International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking in Persons 2018 spotlights the vulnerability of people on the move — migrants, refugees and internally displaced people — to human trafficking.

ICMC Council to Elect President, Appoint Governing Committee

Gathering representatives from Catholic Bishops’ Conferences around the world, the ICMC Council will discern the Commission’s strategic direction for the next four years as well as appoint its new Governing Committee and President. The Council of the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) will meet in Rome from 6-8 March 2018.

Coming Soon: Zero Draft of Global Agreement on Migration

The first — or “zero” — draft of a new Global Compact on Migration will be released for governments to begin related negotiations in early February 2018. February marks the beginning of negotiations among UN member states on a new agreement on principles, responsibilities and cooperation on challenges and opportunities in international migration.

Through a Different Lens: Visually Impaired Syrian Youth Gains a New Perspective

A Syrian refugee boy is using photography to document the triumphs and challenges of his life in a host community in Jordan. Learning how to take photos has encouraged him to see things in a new way. Hasan*, 15, started taking photos of his life as a refugee in Mafraq six months ago. Mafraq is a frontier city in northern Jordan, close to the Syrian border.

ICMC’s Statement: Interaction Between the Two Compacts Is a Protection Solution

The International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) called for interaction and not mere complementarity between the two Global Compacts on Migration and Refugees currently in the making. In a statement delivered by Mantalin Kyrou, Policy Officer, at the annual UNHCR High Commissioner’s Dialogue in December, ICMC affirmed that “complementarity” is “too timid” an approach in front of the needs and reality of mixed flows of refugees and migrants.