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Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth







The trafficking of persons is a crime that shames us all. Pope Francis has called it “a crime against humanity” and “an open wound on the body of contemporary society.” It thrives on the silence and complicity of many sectors of society as well as on the desperation that many who live in poverty experience through their life. With false promises of a better life and financial security, traffickers lure innocent victims into a web of pain and suffering.


Of the 21 million people trafficked each year throughout the world it is estimated that 5.5 million are children. They often experience intense suffering due to violence, exploitation and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous traffickers and employers. Trafficked children and youth can be found in prostitution, pornography, sex tourism, forced marriage, sweatshop work, begging, child soldiers and many sectors of agriculture. This needs to stop.


A panel of experts will address some of the key dimensions of this crime against children and youth that has led to trafficking and other forms of modern day slavery. Included in the discussion will be the following topics:


  • Trafficking and Child Labor
  • Use of the internet in the trafficking of children and youth
  • Criminalization of homeless children who have been trafficked
  • Giving voice to victims of child trafficking and assisting in their healing
  • A personal testimony of a survivor of child trafficking
  • Advocating for the protection of children and youth from trafficking
  • The Faith community as a leader in ending trafficking




Archbishop Bernardito Auza

Permanent Observer of the Holy See to the UN

Yu Ping Chan

Special Policy Advisor

UN Office on Drugs and Crime, NY

Sheila Simpkins McClain

Director of Survivor Services, End Slavery Tennessee
Graduate of Thistle Farm

Sr. Angela Reed, RSM

Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans


Kevin Cassidy

Senior Communications and External Relations Office
International Labour Organization


Jayne Bigelsen

Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives at Covenant House New York
Vice-President of Advocacy for Covenant House International


Carol Smolenski

Executive Director, ECPAT-USA


Eliminating the Trafficking of Children and Youth

13 Jul 2016 - Organized by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See, in cooperation with the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons, the Salesian Missions, the Greek Orthodox...