From: Catholic News Service (via Catholic Chronicle) Date: July 20, 2015 Author: Daniel O'Shea
WASHINGTON (CNS) -- Human trafficking illustrates Pope Francis' lament that "we live in 'throwaway culture,' in which people are discarded as quickly and easily as an old, worn out shoe," a bishop told a Washington conference.
"Victims of forced labor or sexual slavery are seen by their perpetrators as objects to be exploited, used up and forgotten," Auxiliary Bishop Eusebio L. Elizondo of Seattle said.
The bishop, who is chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration, delivered opening remarks at a trafficking conference held at The Catholic University of America.
From: Arlington Catholic Herald Date: July 14, 2015 Author: Christine Stoddard
"We can all sprinkle pixie dust and make Congress useful - or somewhat useful - but that means nothing without a paradigm shift," said Mary Leary, a law professor at Catholic University in Washington during the morning plenary at the 2015 Conference on Human Trafficking, "Answering Pope Francis' Call: An American Catholic Response to Modern-day Slavery."
"Human trafficking is a direct affront to the sanctity of life and dignity of the human person. The conference calls our attention to our obligation as a church to directly redress this horrible human tragedy," said William Rainford, dean of Catholic U.'s National Catholic School of Social Service.