May 2016 Update from UNANIMA International


The recent vote of the French National Assembly was a new victory for humanist and feminist associations. By adopting a law aiming to reinforce the fight against the system of prostitution and to support persons in prostitution, France reaffirmed essential values for equality between women and men, dignity and solidarity, and positioned itself on the side of prostituted persons, by recognizing the system which exploits them as a form of violence and an obstacle to human dignity.

After Sweden, Norway and Iceland, France commits to abolitionism, an approach which aims to change ideas about prostitution and end this form of violence. The French law includes a series of measures: support and protect prostituted persons and abolish any form of repression against them; criminalize all forms of pimping, trafficking, and the purchase of sex; develop real alternatives and exit strategies for prostituted persons and prevent prostitution through education and awareness raising. In the Nordic nations that have tried this approach, the incidence of trafficking has decreased.

Summary of the International Dialogue on Migration in FebruaryWith the adoption of Agenda 2030 (The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs) migration has finally been incorporated into mainstream global development policy. Here are some examples of how migration is mentioned in the SDGs and their targets:

  • The situation of migrant workers is highlighted in SDG 8 on economic growth and decent work
  • The issue of trafficking is mentioned in several SDGs–for instance SDG 16 on peaceful societies
  • Among all the targets, SDG 10.7 is the centerpiece for migration in the 2030 Agenda. It calls for “well managed migration policies,” and for the facilitation of orderly, safe, regular, and responsible migration. Under Goal 10 there are also policies to reduce inequality within and among countries.


The workshop discussed appropriate tools and mechanisms that will help member states measure progress on migrant-related SDG targets. Panelists asked how can we increase the benefits of migration for the migrants themselves, and for countries of origin and destination, while reducing its economic and human costs? How can we promote and respect the rights of all migrants, regardless of their status?

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Biblical Reflections on Trafficking in Persons

We’ve been receiving a lot of positive feedback about a presentation given by TK Philippines Coordinating Team member Fr. Resty at a recent ATIP orientation in Masbate. So we’ve now uploaded his presentation on Biblical Reflections on Trafficking in Persons to our site! The presentation spotlights scriptural passages that show us how to respond to modern day slavery. You can download it by clicking here, or by visiting our Resource page. We hope you find it informative, and we encourage you to share it with your congregations and networks!



Day of Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

Feast Day of St. Josephine Bakhita, February 8

Setting: Put a cloth and a bell on the ritual table.
Opening Song: Select a song, such as City of God.

Leader: Pope Francis’ 2015 World Day of Peace Message is entitled, “No Longer Slaves, But Brothers and Sisters.” He calls us to remember that all peoples are our family, and together, we need to cry out and act to end the human trafficking of our brothers and sisters.

Reader 1: “We ought to recognize that we are facing a global phenomenon which exceeds the competence of any one community or country. In order to eliminate it, we need a mobilization comparable in size to that of the phenomenon itself. For this reason I urgently appeal to all men and women of good will… not to turn away from the sufferings of our brothers and sisters.” —Pope Francis

Reader 2: St. Josephine Bakhita was sold into slavery as a young girl, but through her encounter with God, courageously gained her freedom. Her life is recognized as a beacon of hope in the dark world of slavery. Through her intercession, we pray…

All: We pray that the people enslaved around the world will be set free, physically and mentally. We pray that God’s daughters and sons, our sisters and brothers, will be brought into a place of comfort and refuge.

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Concluding Statement from the Talitha Kum East/Southeast Asia Regional Conference II

November 29th – December 2nd 2015, Da Nang, Vietnam

On November 29th-December 2nd , 2015, twenty-six (26) consecrated persons  and lay partners from Southeast and East Asia came together at the Bishop’s House of Da Nang, Vietnam for Talitha Kum’s 2nd Southeast/East Asia Conference on Human Trafficking, with the theme “PARTNERSHIP – THE TIES THAT BIND: UNITED TO END TRAFFICKING AND SLAVERY’ .

The event was an occasion for us to share our experiences in organizing consecrated persons and lay partners to expand our anti- trafficking in persons network.

The Conference renewed our commitment to continue the urgent task of strengthening and expanding our network.

We hear:

A voice of one calling in the wilderness,
prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight hearts for him.
Every valley shall be filled in,
every mountain made low.
The crooked roads shall become straight ,
the rock ways smooth.
And all people will see God’s salvation. (Luke 3:4-6)

His Holiness Pope Francis, in his encyclical Laudato Si’, emphasized the interweaving of ecological destruction, poverty, human suffering and trafficking.



Talitha Kum SEA’s Revised Vision, Mission and Goals

Revised at the Talitha Kum Southeast Asia 2015 Regional Conference
Da Nang, Vietnam
December 2, 2015


We, members of Talitha Kum Southeast Asia, as consecrated persons and lay partners, are committed to eradicating human trafficking, modern-day slavery, forced labour and debt bondage, especially among children and women, in the Southeast/East Asia region.


To network with consecrated persons and lay partners to counter trafficking in persons in Southeast/East Asia, so that children, women and men have access to justice and live in dignity.


  1. To strengthen the network with the Major Religious Superiors and Bishop’s Conferences throughout the region to prioritize the issue of trafficking in persons.
  2. To raise the people’s consciousness of the need to reaffirm and maintain their value, dignity and roles according to the spirit of the Gospel.
  3. To empower, organize and mobilize the consecrated persons and lay partners in Southeast/East Asia to respond to and counter trafficking in persons, especially of children and women:
  4. To renew the values of the Church to respect and uphold the dignity of women and men created in the image and likeness of God.
  5. To strengthen networking among Catholic organizations at all levels and build solidarity and unity with government and civil organizations.
  6. To encourage religious congregations to develop programs and extend services to respond to the global problem of trafficking in persons.

I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. – John 10:10


Prayer Calendar to End Human Trafficking

josephineSt. Josephine Bakhita was born in southern Sudan in 1869. As a young girl, she was kidnapped and sold into slavery. She was treated brutally by her captors as she was sold and resold. She did not remember her name; Bakhita, which means “fortunate one,” was the name given to her by her kidnappers.

To commemorate the First International Day of Prayer and Awareness Again End Human Trafficking, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange have prepared a prayer calendar for the period of January 11th to February 8th. The calendar also includes a human trafficking fact sheet. Click here to download it.

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