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News April 8, 2015


Catholic Diocese of Dallas co-sponsoring Human Trafficking Symposium

Dallas area community leaders and several faith-based groups, including the Catholic Diocese of Dallas, are joining in an effort to expose the issue of human trafficking in Dallas and seek solutions to the growing problem.

Dallas area community leaders and several faith-based groups are joining in an effort to expose the issue of human trafficking in Dallas and seek solutions to the growing problem. The coalition led by the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas, the American Friends of the Anglican Centre – Rome, and the Dallas Morning News will sponsor the #StopSlaveryDallas symposium on Saturday, April 18 from 9:00 to 12:00 at Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church at 8011 Douglas Avenue in Dallas.

Please RSVP for the rally and symposium at this website (go to the end of the page):
http://www.saintmichael.org/event/707265-2015-04-18-dallas-symposium-on-human-trafficking//

In Dallas, modern slavery is much broader than sexual exploitation.  It includes construction workers, people working in nursing homes, domestic servants, and a variety of areas of employment.   Worldwide more than 35 million people are forced to live in slavery. 

“Given its international border, robust economy, cultural diversity, and major interstate highways and airports, Dallas and Texas have become a center for human trafficking, and we must take action to stop it,” said The Right Reverend Paul E. Lambert, Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. 

“All people of good will, and especially people of faith, have a moral obligation to do all that they can to put an end to human trafficking,” stated Bishop Kevin J. Farrell of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas.  “We must never allow any human being to be demeaned and misused as a disposable product in our society.”

In 2014, the Global Freedom Network to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking by 2020 was inaugurated at the Vatican in Rome.  Archbishop Sir David Moxon, a member of the Global Freedom Network executive committee, and Director of the Anglican Centre – Rome and the Archbishop of Canterbury’s representative to the Holy See, will keynote the symposium with an overview of international initiatives to halt modern slavery. The symposium, #StopSlaveryDallas will feature anti-trafficking experts from:

  • The North Texas Anti-Human Trafficking Team
  • Recognizing the Signs of Human Trafficking – Mosaic Family Services
  • The Face of Human Trafficking – A Survivor’s Account
  • State and Federal Trafficking Legislation

 

The speakers will explain the depth of the local problem, and how to recognize and stop it.

A #StopSlaveryDallas rally will be held at 9:00 a.m. featuring marchers with signs in front of the church.  The symposium will follow from 9:30 to 12:00 Noon.  Saint Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church is located at 8011 Douglas Avenue, just south of Preston Center.

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