Trafficking, sexual slavery, child prostitution ... all are gross violations of human dignity and demand urgent attention.
The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns denounces the new “zero-tolerance” immigration policies enacted by the United States on May 4.
Trafficking in persons is a crime against humanity and ultimately a sin. Human trafficking denies the values of human life, exposes victims to serious health risks, endangers the mental well-being of victims and impedes the ability of victims to reach their full God-given potential. As Christians, we believe that every human being is created in the image and likeness of the divine Creator, of God. The prophets cried out against the exploitation of the poor and of laborers who are not treated fairly and compensated justly (Job 24:1-12).
For the first time, Congress is considering a bill that bars the United States from financially supporting human rights abuses of Palestinian children by the Israeli military.
Palestinian children of Bedouin villages in the Negev desert use cameras to document repeated land confiscation and destruction of their villages by the government of Israel. The following article was published in the September-October 2017 issue of NewsNotes.
Child refugees in Greece desperate to reach other parts of Europe are forced to sell their bodies in order to pay smugglers to help them with their journeys, according to a recent report from Harvard University.
(From the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ Justice for Immigrants Campaign)
The Dream Act of 2017 was recently introduced in the Senate as a bipartisan effort. It is intended to protect immigrant youth who entered the United States as children and know America as their only home.
Maryknoll Father David Schwinghamer recalls a chance encounter with someone who, like the Samaritan woman at the well, demonstrates that even ordinary folk, once baptized, are meant to be messengers of the good news.
The following article examines the response by the United Nations to the increasing number and growing intensity of armed conflicts that have rendered parts of the world unsafe for children.