Talitha Kum Japan Newsletter

TK Japan have released their latest newsletter, featuring an introduction to the Japan chapter of Talitha Kum, a report on their activities for the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Trafficking, and more! Click here to read it.

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Working for Justice for Abused Children

Seeking justice against the abusers is an important factor in the healing process

Working for justice for abused children

As many as 70 percent of children abused in their own homes end up in red light districts in the province of Zambales. (Photo by Vincent Go)

She was a very traumatized and broken 15-year-old child. She was raped and abused by her own father until she was rescued by social workers. Gina could have ended up as a human trafficking victim.

As many as 70 percent of children who have been abused in their own homes and end up on the streets are picked up by pimps and traffickers and sold into sex bars.

But Gina was saved before that happened.

The weeks before June 2007, her own father raped her repeatedly. Her mother left Gina and her two siblings with the unemployed father while she worked as a domestic worker in the city.

This is the situation of many families when mothers work away from home. The children are left unprotected and vulnerable.

Gina was welcomed in her new home, the Preda Home for abused children. There, she was given affirmation and support and was helped to feel safe and secure.

The young girl underwent emotional expression therapy over several months and brought out all her anger and pain. She had extensive counseling. She gave her life testimony and joined in group activities.

At Preda, the children undergo values training, children’s rights education, art, sports, discussions, and outings. These are all part of the center’s human development program.

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Petition to End Slavery in the Commonwealth

From Walk Free:

This January, we have a unique opportunity to engage Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth to end modern slavery. We need your help to demonstrate how important it is that these politicians act.

Sign our petition calling on the Commonwealth to commit to ending modern slavery.

The Commonwealth is an inter-governmental organisation of 52 countries around the world and is home to a third of the world’s population.[1] According to the Global Slavery Index, a staggering 55% of those currently enslaved reside in Commonwealth countries, including India, which has the world’s largest concentration of slavery.[2] This means that the Commonwealth is in a unique position to help significantly reduce slavery in the world.

Call on the Commonwealth to make ending modern slavery a priority.

Here is how we’re going to do it: A Commonwealth conference will be taking place in London on 25 January for Parliamentarians from across the Commonwealth to learn about implementing human rights policies and tools in their home countries. Our partner, the Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative, will be co-hosting this event, offering a brilliant chance for us to share our campaigning calling for a commitment to tackle modern slavery with a wide range of politicians. This will be the first time tackling modern slavery has been discussed in a formal Commonwealth setting.

The more signatures we can collect, the bigger the impact our campaign will have with these politicians.

Over 25,000 people have signed our petition already. Will you help us reach our target to get 5,000 more signatures by signing too?

In hope,

Zoe, Joanna, Vittorio and all at Walk Free and CHRI UK

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January News from UNODC

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Almost a third of trafficking victims are children: UNODC report

Almost a third of trafficking victims are children: UNODC Global Report on Trafficking in Persons 2016. Photo: UNODCChildren make up almost a third of all human trafficking victims worldwide, according to a report released today by UNODC. Additionally, the report states that women and girls comprise 71 per cent of human trafficking victims, and highlights the recruitment or abduction of children by armed groups for forced marriages, sexual slavery or as combatants.[Read more]


 

UNODC and WFF agree to measure the extent of trafficking in persons

UNODC and WFF agree to measure the extent of trafficking in persons. Image: UNODCRecently was the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery. To effectively address this very contemporary crime while marking the Day, UNODC and the Walk Free Foundation (WFF) announced the signing of an agreement that will enable both organizations to work together to estimate the number of victims of human trafficking.[Read more]

 

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TK Thailand Presents at JPIC-Asia Pacific Meeting

On September 12-14, the Ursuline of the Roman Union held a JPIC Asia-Pacific meeting at the Ursuline Provincialate in Bangkok.  Sr. Siphim Xavier, OSU, who is a contact person for the province of Thailand and also member of Talitha Kum Thailand, got a chance to share TK’s work in the country.  Fr. Pichet Saengthien, S.J. also presented on the topic of Laudato si’.

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The Holy See at the United Nations: Eliminating the trafficking of children and young people, 19.07.2016

Vatican City, 19 July 2016 – Archbishop Bernardito Auza, Holy See Permanent Observer at the United Nations, gave a speech on 13 July dedicated to the elimination of trafficking in children and young people, in the context of the current debate in the assembly on this theme.

“The Holy See has long spoken out against the evil of human trafficking, forced labour and all forms of modern slavery. And through the dedicated work of so many Catholic religious institutes, national and diocesan programs, and groups of faithful the Catholic Church has sought to fight to address its various causes, care for those it victimises, wake people up to the scourge, and work with anyone and everyone to try to eliminate it”.

He went on to note that Pope Francis had dedicated his Message for World Day of Peace 2015 to this theme, making it a priority of international diplomacy for the Holy See. He has spoken about it to newly accredited diplomats, to international religious leaders, to an alliance of international police chiefs and Church leaders, to social scientists and scholars, to mayors from across the globe, to judges and to various conferences throughout the world. “He hasn’t merely been talking”, the nuncio added. “He has been taking action, catalysing the Holy See’s hosting conferences, spearheading the 2014 Joint Declaration of Religious Leaders against Modern Slavery and willed the creation of the Santa Marta Group, named after his residence in the Vatican, which brings together Catholic leaders and international law enforcement officials to battle this scourge”.

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Tackling human trafficking is a global concern

From UNODC:

Human-trafficking_158px5 August 2016 – In recent days, two countries in different parts of the world have stepped up their efforts to address human trafficking in their respective national contexts. The worldwide Blue Heart Campaign against Trafficking in Persons welcomed its two newest partners, as Guatemala and Zimbabwe joined global efforts to raise awareness on the plight of the victims of this crime.

In Guatemala, the Blue Heart Campaign was launched in the past days at the National Palace, in the country’s capital, with the attendance of Government representatives and the diplomatic community. During the official launching ceremony, attendees proceeded to sign the Blue Heart Pact, highlighting their commitment to tackle human trafficking. A parallel launch took place in the city of La Antigua, aiming to promote the full involvement of local municipalities in the activities carried out in the context of the campaign.

The Government of Zimbabwe, for its part, launched in the country’s capital, Harare, its Trafficking in Persons National Plan of Action (NAPLAC), while also adopting the Blue Heart Campaign, coinciding with the recent commemoration of the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

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A Meeting for Religious Networking in Palembang Archdiocese, Indonesia

The Program of CWTC-IBSI this year is to continue the implementation of the program from last year, besides the Capacity Building for the Commission Boards and activist Networking in Bajawa – Flores, and Coalition Networking Advocacy Taking care for NTT. We also visited some networking such as in Manado together with the YMY Sisters; Yogyakarta (DIY); Sumba; JABOTABEK ( Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, Bekasi and Tangerang) and also Palembaang.

Palembang is an old city in South Sumatra, where various ethnic groups live. Palembang has fertile land with its product such as rubber, petroleum, fish, oil palm, etc.

Palembang belongs to a destination area for the wanderer migrants from NTT. The migrants are employed at the rubber plantation, oil palm plantation or as domestic help. In this diocese there is a Apostolic Team for Social Humanity (TKSK). The members of this Team nonsists of SCY Priest congregation, Charitas (Fch), HK, CB, FSGM, BHK Congregation, and Diocesan Priest. The mission of this Team (TKSK) is to carry out activities for humanity such as preventing, advocacy and recovering the victims of the violence and human trafficking and help the victims to return to their origin areas.

For developing the economic sector is done well by the PANSOS BODRONOTO ( a social commission of the Palembang Diocese), there is an Old Folks’ Home; there is also a Rehabilitation for Drugs victims. However, the religious admitted that up to now there is still no attention for the Violence and Trafficking issues, and this reality become a concern for Mgr. Aloysius Sudarso SCY as the Arch-Bishop of Palembang Diocese. Mgr. Aloysius said actually Palembang Diocese has many catholic people who have capacity to cope with these issues, the question is who is willing to pay attention and handle these issues? The number of Priest in Palembang is still limited so the priests are busy to organize and take care the Parishes.

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TK Indonesia Update on ATIP Activities in Timor Leste

Timor Leste is a small country that for centuries was colonized by Portugal and Indonesia. The Timor Island is divided into two parts. The West Timor belongs to Indonesia, and the East Timor is now called Timor Loro Sae or Timor Leste country. The west Timor belongs to NTT Province, which nowadays is the Trafficking Emergency Situation. In the reality the trafficking issues in Timor Leste is not so different from the situation in the west Timor.

We held the first meeting for the 3 days, where 26 religious, men and women are present as the representatives of the religious who works in Timor Leste, with a topic “Be aware of the Human Trafficking Practice in Timor Leste”. Pater Gabriel Suban SVD, the leader of the Religious Group in Timor Leste invited 15 congregation who become the member of Timor Leste Religious group. Although Timor leste is a small country, but it has 73 congregations.

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