Two separate webinars to be held in the coming weeks will share what you can do to help challenge and eliminate human trafficking and modern slavery.
What can we do to help justice flourish for all – 23 September 2021, 7.30pm.
On Thursday 23 September at 7.30pm, St Finbar’s Parish in Glenbrook is hosting a webinar via Zoom with Steve Baird, the current CEO of International Justice Mission (IJM) Australia.
Steve, a parishioner of the parish, will speak on ‘As a (parish) community – what can we do to help justice flourish for all’.
IJM advocates for the end of any form of modern slavery, such as human trafficking and sex slavery, forced labour slaves or sexual exploitation of vulnerable children or violence against Women.
IJM Australia is part of the world’s largest anti-slavery organisation, one of 21 offices across all continents. Alongside government, corporate and community partners, IJM seeks to rescue millions, protect half a billion and make justice for the poor unstoppable by 2030.
Human trafficking: global and local perspectives – 29 September 2021, 11.15am.
The following week, on Wednesday 29 September at 11.15am, Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH) is hosting a conversation on ‘Human Trafficking, global and local perspectives’.
Hear from ACRATH’s Sr Colleen Jackson RSC, Oceania Coordinator of Talitha Kum and Sr Abby Avelino MM, Talitha Kum’s Asian Coordinator, based in Japan as they talk about the significant work at the grassroots challenging and eliminating human trafficking and supporting the victims of human trafficking – sometimes at risk to their lives.
ACRATH is part of the Talitha Kum networks, which coordinate the anti-trafficking efforts of more than 50 inter-congregational networks in more than 100 countries, across 5 continents.
Bishop Vincent: ‘Modern slavery is an attack on God-given dignity and grace’
As Bishop Vincent Long OFM Conv, Bishop of Parramatta, wrote in February 2021, “Our Catholic faith teaches that we are all made in the image and likeness of God. Indeed, Catholic Social Teaching proclaims that our dignity, that is, the inherent value of each person is based on this truth and our worth comes from God.
“Modern slavery is an attack on this God-given dignity and grace. Indeed, the scourge of slavery is directly opposite to the love of God.
“As the Catholic Church in Western Sydney and the Blue Mountains, the Diocese of Parramatta is absolutely committed to ensuring that we work with government and other organisations to work towards the dismantling of modern slavery, and that our supply chains respect the dignity and value of each person.
“We will work towards foster pathways across the political and religious divide to build not only a rich and strong Australia but also an inclusive and humane society and a responsible global citizen,” he said.
‘As a (Parish) Community – What Can We Do to Help Justice Flourish For All?’, hosted by St Finbar’s Parish, Glenbrook, will be held on Thursday 23 September at 7.30pm via Zoom. Tune in via Zoom – https://zoom.us/j/96739783102?pwd=QU5lR0VUdFhhQVd3L1lKSGpRMHZzZz09
Meeting ID: 967 3978 3102 Passcode: 779802
‘Human Trafficking, global and local perspectives’, hosted by ACRATH, will be held on Wednesday 29 September, starting with a chat over a cuppa at 11.15am, with the conversation to begin at 11.30am. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or tune in via Zoom – https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89809937994?pwd=cWdEb1orcTJxYk5yd1A1bTRkbi9hQT09