News April 16, 2015
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell discusses impact of human trafficking in Dallas Morning News
"Hidden in plain sight in our community lies one of the most odious crimes against humankind: slavery, which is the result of the widespread trafficking of human beings."
Bishop Kevin J. Farrell and Paul E. Lambert, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, are featured in an op-ed article in today's Dallas Morning News discussing the widespread issue of human trafficking in the Dallas area and around the world:
Hidden in plain sight in our community lies one of the most odious crimes against humankind: slavery, which is the result of the widespread trafficking of human beings. Incredible as it seems in this day and time, the person mowing your lawn or cleaning your house or selling magazine subscriptions door-to-door in your neighborhood might be trapped in involuntary servitude.
Human trafficking, as defined by the Texas Department of Public Safety, “involves the recruitment, harboring, transporting or procurement of a person for labor or services for the purpose of involuntary servitude, slavery or forced commercial sex acts.”
Certainly, as faith leaders, we have heard of the existence of this malevolent crime in the United States for several years. But, like most people, we have not been fully aware of this modern-day slavery in our community. This lack of knowledge among the general public is especially insidious because it only helps perpetuate the problem. That is why increased public awareness of human trafficking and its virulent consequences are essential to its elimination.
Read the entire article at the Dallas Morning News website.
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):