Australian anti-trafficking work on show in Rome

Australia's best practices in the work against trafficking in persons (TIP) is being presented to an international gathering of women Religious, in Rome this week by Brisbane Good Samaritan Sr Pauline Coll SGS.

Pathways, the electronic newsletter of Catholic Religious Australia, reports that Sr Pauline is one of 34 Sisters representing 29 Congregations from 27 countries at a five-day anti-trafficking training session, (October 15-20) Building a Network: The Prophetic Role of Women Religious in the Fight Against Trafficking in Persons.

Sr Pauline is the national co-ordinator for ACRATH - Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans.

Among the lectures given and discussion led by TIP experts from the United States, the Holy See, the Italian government, religious congregations (women and men), and faith-based NGOs, a critical element of information exchange will be the daily Country Reports.

Each participant will present a 15-minute overview of the status of TIP in her country, and the best practices used by women religious to combat it. Each report will highlight evidence of the need for the Sisters' engagement in their respective national and regional contexts, while also arguing for further development and strengthening of a global network comprised of both women and men religious.

The final day of the training seminar will feature a public session, open to members of the Vatican, religious congregations, the Italian government, Vatican media corps, representatives of the Holy See Diplomatic Corps, as well as academic and NGO communities.

The seminar will be sponsored by the US Embassy to the Holy See and the Italian Union of Major Superiors (USMI).

SOURCE Australian best-practice on show in Rome (Pathways October 2007)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Religious Australia
International Union of Superiors General
UN Office of Drugs and Crime, Trafficking in Human Beings

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17 Oct 2007