His Holiness Pope Francis called upon all men and women of good will in all nations to take a firm stance against human trafficking during the Angelus on Sunday, in anticipation of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons on July 30th.
Women worldwide face the risk of abuse and harassment in the workplace, and businesses, governments and civil society are responsible for providing discrimination-free work environments. Gender-based violence, along with sustainable development, were two main topics discussed during the International Labour Organization’s annual conference.
In order to end the trafficking of women and girls for sexual exploitation, it is crucial to keep in mind the cycle of human rights violations that begins well before a person is actually trafficked. This is one of the key messages of a new anti-trafficking handbook for practitioners, advocates and community organizers.
Civil society organizations have commended UN Member States for a new comprehensive international agreement on migration. The final document includes substantial achievements that will improve the lives of migrants on the ground.
No distinction with regard to a person’s status, an end to child detention and no criminalization of migrants — these are some of the safeguards that civil society organizations want to have in the Global Compact on Migration (GCM).
The International Catholic Migration Commission’s (ICMC) Europe office published a new issue of the SHARE Integration Newsletter in June 2018.
Initially intended to be both comprehensive and a step forward in protecting large numbers of people on the move worldwide, the two international agreements currently being negotiated at the United Nations risk falling short of their aspirations. However, there’s still some room to fix them.
Families must be able to stay together and border protection should not hinder this principle, Catholic bishops have stated about the recent U.S. Government’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on immigration.
Civil society and international organizations as well as like-minded governments are lobbying for the future global agreements on migration and refugees to take into account non-traditional refugees, disaster- and climate-related displacement and vulnerable persons in complex and fluid contexts.