The Franciscan Action Network is a Washington, D.C.-based grassroots network of Franciscan clergy and “Franciscan-hearted” laypeople who focus on peacemaking, climate care, social justice and poverty, among other issues. Patrick Carolan is executive director.
Marie Marquardt is a scholar-in-residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology in Atlanta. She studies Latin American immigrants, gender and migration, multiethnic and multicultural congregations, religious diversity in immigrant communities and religion in civic and public life. She is the founding co-chair of El Refugio Ministry, which serves immigrants detained in Georgia.
Suzii Paynter is executive coordinator of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship, an umbrella organization of almost 1,800 congregations and individuals in 30 countries. She can discuss human trafficking, immigration reform, environmental justice, hunger, poverty and religious liberty and other ethical issues from a liberal Baptist perspective.
As unaccompanied migrant children continue to stream across the U.S.-Mexican border in what’s been called a humanitarian crisis, attention is being drawn again to the global issue of human trafficking. Analysts estimate that as many as 27 million people are trafficked globally each year, many falling prey as they try to escape the same kinds of desperate circumstances the migrant children face in their home countries. People of faith are working to combat trafficking and help its victims.
Read an Oct. 4, 2013, story by the Thomson Reuters Foundation about infants being stolen in Guatemala so they can be put up for illegal adoption or sold into child pornography or prostitution.
“Federal Strategic Action Plan on Services for Victims of Human Trafficking in the United States, 2013-3017”
This report, the first of its kind by the federal government, puts forth a five-year plan for improving government and nongovernment responses to human trafficking.
Christine Caine and her husband, Nick, are Christian evangelists and founders of the global anti-trafficking organization known as the A21 Campaign. She has written several books and speaks passionately on the subject of human trafficking. The Caines live in Sydney, Australia.
This half-hour CBS News special aired Dec. 16, 2013.
Katie Conway is an immigration and refugee policy analyst for the Episcopal Church in its Office of Government Relations in Washington, D.C. She can discuss the church’s work in the crisis involving unaccompanied children migrants.