holy see conference

Combating Human Trafficking

On 8 May 2012, the Bishops' Conference and the Vatican's Justice and Peace office hosted a conference on combating human trafficking. The day focused on prevention, pastoral support and rehabilitation and saw a victim of trafficking share her story with delegates. The conference offered a wide variety of expert speakers and delegates came from all over the world.



There are 1.1 billion Catholics across the world – the Catholic Church can use its global networks to help fight the scourge of human trafficking. To this en...Read more



The Conference offers a number of expert keynote speakers examining the issues surrounding human trafficking including the global context, prevention, pastor...Read more


Opening Address

The opening address at the trafficking conference was made by His Eminence Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justi...Read more



Prevention is a key focus of the 2012 trafficking conference in Rome. Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland who heads up the Metropolitan Police Specialist Crime...Read more


Pastoral Care

The Catholic Church plays a vital role in supporting the victims of trafficking. In many cases, victims have suffered psychological damage from their traumat...Read more



Catholic networks throughout Europe are helping the victims of trafficking reintegrate into society after the horrors of their experiences.Read more


Closing Remarks

Bishop Patrick Lynch closed the 2012 trafficking conference in Rome by praising the work being done in the UK and globally to care for the victims of human t...Read more


Federico Lombardi SJ

The Director of the Holy See's Press Office, Fr Federico Lombardi SJ, spoke soon after the Combating Human Trafficking conference in Rome about the tragedy a...Read more


Audio Preview

Detective Inspector Kevin Hyland of the Metropolitan Police and Bishop Patrick Lynch, Chair of the Office for Migration Policy, preview the human trafficking...Read more