“… a foreigner is one of our brothers to recognize and to help …”
– His Holiness Pope Francis
Sunday, September 24, 2023, will mark the Vatican’s 109th World Day of Migrants and Refugees. The Holy Father has chosen the theme “Free to Choose Whether to Migrate or to Stay,” intending to promote a renewed reflection on a right that has not yet been codified at the international level: the right not to have to migrate or, in other words, the right to be able to remain in one’s own land.
The Church has been celebrating the World Day of Migrants and Refugees (WDMR) since 1914. It is always an occasion to express concern for different vulnerable people on the move and survivors of human trafficking; to pray for them as they face many challenges; and to increase awareness about the opportunities that migration offers.
The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy joins in this celebration with various events. Stay tuned!
Message from His Holiness Pope Francis
Mass and Reception Honoring the 109th World Day of Migrants & Refugees
Monday, September 25, 2023 | 12:15 pm – 12:45 pm
In partnership with Campus Ministry at St. Thomas University, join us in-person for Mass to reflect and pray for migrants, refugees, host families, and survivors of human trafficking as we commit ourselves to building a future with migrants and refugees. A reception with light refreshments will immediately follow.
Services Towards the Integral Development of Migrants, Refugees, and Survivors (CLE)
This course was taught by Dr. Hilary Chester, Associate Director of Anti-Trafficking Programs, Migration and Refugee Services, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law’s intensive, 15-course training certification, Migration and Human Trafficking: Tracing Root Causes & Seeking “Intensional” Solutions, in July 2022.
Civil Enforcement: Using Anti-Discrimination and Labor Laws to Combat Human Trafficking
On July 27, 2022, the John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law first presented Civil Enforcement: Using Anti-discrimination and Labor Laws to Combat Human Trafficking as part of the 2022 Human Trafficking Academy: Migration and Human Trafficking: Tracing Root Causes & Seeking “Intensional” Solutions. During this on-demand webinar, learn as Anna Park, Regional Attorney, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – Los Angeles District Office, shares her knowledge of how federal anti-discrimination laws can be used to combat trafficking in persons, including those who migrate for work.
Worker Driven Responsibility: Addressing Gaps in Labor Protections (CLE)
This course was taught by Gerardo Reyes Chavez, Staff Member & Farmworker, Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW); Ariadna Rico, Senior Human Rights Investigator & Auditor, Fair Food Standards Council; and Daniel Werner, Esq., Attorney, Radford & Keebaugh, LLC, Co-Founder, Workers’ Rights Law Center of New York, Founding Board Member, Freedom Network USA, at The John J. Brunetti Human Trafficking Academy of St. Thomas University College of Law’s intensive, 15-course training certification, Migration and Human Trafficking: Tracing Root Causes & Seeking “Intensional” Solutions, in July 2022.
For Many Today, Migrating is the Only Choice
Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking
The Pope’s Prayer Intention: Human Trafficking
The Causes of “Forced” Migration
Pastoral Orientations on Intercultural Migrant Ministry 2022
The Pastoral Orientations on Intercultural Migrant Ministry aim to offer concrete suggestions and guidance for action which can be articulated by four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate. With these verbs the Holy Father summarized the Catholic Church’s commitment towards all those living in the existential peripheries, for “it is not a case of implementing welfare programmes from the top down, but rather of undertaking a journey together, through these four actions, in order to build cities and countries that, while preserving their respective cultural and religious identity, are open to differences and know how to promote them in the spirit of human fraternity.”
Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People 2021
Pastoral Orientations on Climate Displaced People highlights ten challenges pertaining to climate change displacement and its victims. These challenges, together with the suggested Catholic Church responses, constitute markers for a roadmap in pastoral planning for climate displaced people, and, with this document, they extend the Pope’s pastoral concern to climate displaced people.
Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People 2020
Pope Francis gives enormous importance to the plight of the millions of forgotten men, women and children forced to migrate within their own countries and known internationally as internally displaced people (IDPs). In his 2020 greeting for the New Year to the Diplomatic Corps accredited to the Holy See, Pope Francis explicitly addressed the urgent needs of internally displaced people, and his compassionate concern serves as an excellent introduction to the new Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People. It is the purpose of the Pastoral Orientations on Internally Displaced People to offer suggestions and guidance for action based on four verbs: welcome, protect, promote and integrate.
Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking 2018
Millions of men, women and children are trafficked and enslaved around the world. In 2018, The Migrants & Refugees Section (M&R) held two consultations with Church leaders, scholars and experienced practitioners and partner organizations working in the field. Participants exchanged experiences and viewpoints, addressing relevant aspects of the phenomenon. The Church’s full response was considered, and this six-months process resulted in the Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking, which provides a reading of Human Trafficking and an understanding that motivate and sustain the much-needed long-term struggle.
Towards the Global Compacts on Migrants and on Refugees 2018
This booklet presents three documents which provide the teaching, reflections and pastoral guidance of Pope Francis regarding the various issues concerning migrants and refugees. From the beginning of his pontificate, using persuasive words and deeds, Pope Francis has urged the Church to accompany all people who are compelled to leave their country. In 2017, he established the Migrants and Refugees Section (M&R) to help him implement this pastoral objective. While M&R forms part of the new Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development under the direction of Cardinal Peter Turkson, the Section is personally guided by the Holy Father for the time being.
Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home
People on the move due to weather and more aggravating circumstances of climate change are particularly vulnerable to exploitation of all sorts, including human trafficking. Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home is the appeal from Pope Francis addressed to “every person living on this planet” for an inclusive dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet. Pope Francis calls the Church and the world to acknowledge the urgency of our environmental challenges and to join him in embarking on a new path.
World Migration Report 2020
Since 2000, IOM has been producing world migration reports. The World Migration Report 2020, the tenth in the world migration report series, has been produced to contribute to increased understanding of migration throughout the world. This new edition presents key data and information on migration as well as thematic chapters on highly topical migration issues, and is structured to focus on two key contributions for readers: Part I: key information on migration and migrants (including migration-related statistics); and Part II: balanced, evidence-based analysis of complex and emerging migration issues.
Convention and Protocol Relating to the Status of Refugees
The 1951 Refugee Convention and its 1967 Protocol are the key legal documents that define international refugee protection.
International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families
The International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families is a United Nations multilateral treaty governing the protection of migrant workers and families. The Convention sets out how to prevent abuses and address the challenges that migrant workers face.
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