Secours Catholique - Caritas France
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The Secours Catholique Caritas France participates in the fight against human trafficking in all its forms (sexual exploitation, forced labor, domestic servitude, incitement to theft, incitement to begging, organ trafficking ...) by implementing and supporting local initiatives in France and other countries and by developing advocacy among institutional actors. It aims to improve the protection of at-risk populations, to educate the general public, to network local stakeholders to develop the exchange of information and interaction, to help victims (psychologically, legally and socially) and finally to develop advocacy nationally.
Secours Catholique - Caritas France is a member of the European Platform against trafficking of human beings created by the European Commission. It is also a member of COATNET, a global network led by Caritas International.
Website: Secours Catholique
Contact: Geneviève Colas
- Pope Francis with Constance Mazard, a young volunteer with the Secours Catholique - Caritas France
The Pontifical Academy of the Sciences organised a symposium (15 and 16 November 2014) on "Youth engaged against prostitution and trafficking in human beings." Some sixty young people gathered to discuss the issue including a volunteer from the Secours Catholique - Caritas France and other Caritas representatives, to exchange ideas in Rome on the situation in their own countries. Find out more here.
Euro-mediterranean anti-trafficking project
Caritas partners from Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, Lebanon, Morocco, Romania, Turkey, Ukraine, and France have committed to the ambitious Euro-Mediterranean anti-trafficking project, a two-year project which aims to strengthen the network of Caritas in Eastern Europe to significantly contribute to the reduction and eradication of trafficking in human beings. Some of the Euro-mediterranean anti-trafficking project newsletters are available below.
Action Plan of the Catholic Church to respond to the realities of children and women of the streets, and their families
The Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants and Itinerant People organized in the Vatican, from 13 to 17 September 2015, an international symposium: the purpose was to develop a concrete action plan in response to the realities experienced by children and women living or working on the streets, and their families. This symposium brought together representatives of the Episcopal Conferences of 42 countries from all continents and 12 institutions and religious congregations.
Genevieve Colas participated in the symposium as a "Delegate of the Episcopal Conference of France and Secours Catholique Caritas France", in particular because of her experience in the fight against trafficking in human beings. She had the opportunity to present to the Pope Francis the book "The New Faces of slavery. Together against trafficking in human beings "coordinated by the Secours Catholique and published by Editions de l’atelier in May 2015. The pope welcomed it with interest.