This article was provided by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America.
NEW YORK – A panel discussion titled, Trafficking & Migration, Girls & Women: Human Rights Have No Borders, took place March 9, 2015, at the United Nations and brought together migration and trafficking experts. The event was co-sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocesan Council (the Greek Orthodox presence in the United Nations) and the Salesians of Don Bosco (Society of St. Francis de Sales, a Roman Catholic religious institute).
The panel of experts emphasized the human dignity and rights of girls and women who choose to migrate or who are forced to migrate or trafficked. Topics included regular and irregular migration, forced labor, sexual exploitation, legal realities, issues of sovereignty in dealing with humanitarian crises, and push and pull factors that affect migration or trafficking.
The panelists included Ashley Feasley, Esq., Immigration Policy Advisor for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops; Diane Paul, Independent Consultant on Human Rights; Katherine Rehberg, Child Protection Specialist for Church World Service Resettlement Support Center in Nairobi; and Monica Regabo, Executive Director of Yolia. The panel was moderated by Rev. Thomas Brennan, SDB.
The Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America and the Salesians of Don Bosco have submitted a Statement to the Fifty-ninth session of the Commission on the Status of Women. This Statement was received by the Secretary-General, Member States, and all participants as an official document of the Commission. The Statement is available at: http://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=E/CN.6/2015/NGO/94
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