A One Church Approach to combatting human trafficking

February 20, 2020: In Plain Sight Follow-on Meeting

Mark Wiggin represented Caritas Anti-Trafficking at this meeting.  Full notes of the meeting have not been made public whilst discussions continue but you can see information sent to the delegates who attended the In Plain Sight Conference on October 15 2019 here

February 12, 2020: Towards a One Church Approach Conference call

A meeting to finalise details for the upcoming meeting with key delegates from the In Plain Sight Conference, on February 20.  The February meeting 20 meeting is to take forward plans for Towards a One Church Approach to Human Trafficking which is the term we are currently using to describe our plans for partnership working across the dioceses and Congregations of Religious

December 10, 2019: In Plain Sight Conference (October 15) summary

A summary of the conference went out to delegates today along with the remaining slides/speaker notes.  See the summary here.  For slides/speaker notes contact ModernSlavery@caritassalford.org.uk

The next steps are:

  • Bringing together the conference findings in the light of Pastoral Orientations and producing a discussion document for consultation on the best way of combating human trafficking via effective partnership working.
  • Producing a consultation document with a view to achieving a declaration by all Catholic dioceses, Catholic congregations of religious, Catholic organisations. The document will outline a common approach on advocacy, awareness raising and encouraging slavery-free supply and consumption and emphasise the development of shared resources and the pursuit of joint programmes and projects. The declaration would commit to working together, with common aims and unified practices, to bring an end to human trafficking and modern day slavery in England and Wales.

November 13, 2019: In Plain Sight Conference follow on

Zoom meeting between Caritas Salford, CSAN and Arise to agree the way forward,  We will be in touch with delegates shortly.

October 15, 2019: In Plain Sight – A Conference to promote Catholic responses to Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking

This Caritas inspired conference, planned and organised by Caritas Anti-Trafficking and the Catholic Social Action Network, was extremely successful with ten speakers keeping to time leaving the full two hours for workshops, plenary and closing address from Cardinal Vincent Nichols.  The Cardinal concluded by saying that the work of this conference was opening the door to the next phase.

See the programme a summary of the day and a press release

From left to right:  Anthony Brown (Caritas Salford Anti-Trafficking), Phil McCarthy (CEO, CSAN), Peter Hugh Smith (CEO, CCLA),  Cardinal Vincent Nichols,  Andrew Adams (Research Assistant: Ethical and Responsible Investment, CCLA),  Sion Hall (Chair, Pan Lancashire Anti-Slavery Partnership), Luke de Pulford (Director, Arise Foundation).

August 27, 2019: Update on Inter-Diocesan Conference on Human Trafficking and Modern Day  Slavery

See below – June 17 and July 5 – for early discussions on this conference which is being organised by the Catholic Social Action Network and sponsored by CCLA Investment Management Limited.

In Plain Sight is on October 15 at CCLA in London.   The conference is aimed at Catholic Dioceses in England and Wales and Catholic charities that can  support a Diocesan approach to tackling Modern Day Slavery at a diocesan and parish level and will look to develop a strategy under the headings of:

  • Church/diocese
  • Parishioners
  • Education, particularly schools and young people
  • Catholic employers and Diocesan supply chains

These themes are inspired by Pastoral Orientations in Human Trafficking.  See an abbreviated version developed for the Conference.

July 5, 2019: Planning for an inter-diocesan conference on human trafficking

Mark Wiggin, Sion Hall and Anthony Brown met with Sir Peter Fahy to mull over some issues about the role of the Diocese in planning our strategy for a Diocese free of modern day slavery by 2025.  Peter is a member of the board of trustee of Salford  Diocese which takes in Caritas Salford.

We had a wide ranging discussion on how the Catholic Church needs to respond to modern day slavery and  how we might use the inter-diocesan conference in autumn to guide our priorities and actions.

Read more here