Church in Brazil strengthens commitment to preventing human trafficking, supporting victims and their families

ICMC Office:


BRAZIL, 6 August 2010—Concerned by continuing upward trends in human trafficking, representatives of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Brazil (CNBB), the Ministry of Justice of Brazil, community leaders, members of civil society and members of the press joined with the Church organization Sector Pastoral da Mobilidade Humana (Sector of Human Mobility) of Brazil to reaffirm their commitment to strengthen anti-human trafficking efforts, launching a new publication entitled, Confronting human trafficking.

The publication, explained CNBB President Bishop Geraldo Lyrio Rocha, expresses the Church’s concern for the conditions of thousands of people “subjected to degrading conditions of exploitation, especially women, children, domestic workers and other victims of international trafficking in persons, and is a call to action for the prevention of crime and the social reintegration of people victimized by this conduct.”

The 6th Annual Meeting of the Networks of Protection and Care for Refugees and Migrants was held in Brasilia in July. It was intended to contribute to the training agents of social networks and protection, while also facilitating the exchange of experiences and practices in caring for refugees and migrants in particular cases of vulnerability.

Sister Rosita Milesi, mscs, director of Migration and Human Rights Institute (IMDH), noted that “the starting point and focus of this meeting is human dignity, referring here specifically to refugees and migrants, and the principle that we should seek to ensure that everyone has the basic possibility to live as a human being, and that means we reflect together in seeking ways and joining forces.”

The decision to create formal working groups on human trafficking within the country was announced by Bishop Dimas Lara Barbosa, Secretary General of the CNBB, in order to bring much needed attention to the issue and its victims, and to fight this crime which enslaves people and degrades society.

The participants of the 6th annual meeting are also targeting their efforts to have a National Campaign Against Trafficking recognized by the Church as the annual “theme” for work and prayer as soon as possible—preferably in 2013—to call for particular attention and action in Brazil to the sexual exploitation and violent treatment of people that occurs during big events, such as the World Cup, which will take place in Brazil in 2014.

The publication, Confronting human trafficking, is available free of charge by contacting the Sector of Human Mobility in Brazil by telephone (0055) 61 3274-1288 and (0055) 61 3340-2689 or by e-mail: or


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