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ICMC in the News
ICMC Chief Operating Officer and Director of Policy, Stéphane Jaquemet, explains during the Civil Society preparatory meeting ahead of the 14th Global Forum on Migration and Development Summit the key topics that will be discussed at the GFMD and the expectations of Civil Society.
On 22 January, Civil Society convened to Geneva for a preparatory meeting ahead of the 14th Summit of the Global Forum on Migration and Development. The event was coordinated by ICMC and allowed Civil Society to discuss and finalize its message, and speak with one voice at the GFMD.
On 24 January, Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo participated in a webinar organized by Georgetown University’s Collaborative on Global Children’s Issues to discuss the Church’s response to the rising number of unaccompanied and separated migrant children. ICMC Secretary General stated: “Jesus then showed us how to care for other people with their vulnerabilities, but he also saw the potential in the people and the strength that they have.”
Our Members in the News
From 12 to 17 February in Manila, ICMC’s members in the Philippines and India and the Vatican Dicastery for Integrated Human Development held a training for 50 pastoral workers supporting migrants. The training provided participants with insights into the needs and challenges of migrants and refugees, and the role of pastoral care.
U.S. Bishops have called on legislators to pass a proposed bill that would finance anti-human trafficking measures and support survivors. “It is incumbent upon all of us to unite in promoting efforts that prevent the evil of human trafficking,” said Episcopal migration lead Mark J. Seitz.
On the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking on 8 February, Pope Francis urged Catholics to work to stop “this global scourge.” “It is a call to take action, to mobilize all our resources in combatting trafficking and restoring full dignity” to survivors, he said.