Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Faith, Spirituality, and Human Trafficking

On November 27th in the afternoon, the Red Inerconfesional de Mujure, Fe y Espiritualidad (Interconfessional Network of Women, Faith, and Spirituality) hosted a presentation on Human Trafficking.  This presentation was made before the Peruvian Congress.  Accompanied by the Congresswoman Luisa Maria Cuculiza, were panelists: Sr. Katty Huanuco, CCVI representing the Red Kawsay, Sr. Martha Aguilar representing the Well Movement, and Sr. Azam Sahih coordinator of the Interconfessional Network. 

In the meeting, the serious problem of human trafficking, especially of women and children in Peru was discussed, along with the factors that cause it, the laws and policies that exist, the work of the faith community and how it addresses prevention, as well as the inter-religious commitment of the Churches to prevent human trafficking. 

Sr. Katty shared during her presentation, “Faith leads us to love God, our neighbor, and all of creation.  These links are inseparable.  Therefore, every human being who is exploited, is being denied their inherent dignity as a child of God.  Our work to free the captives and announce mercy to those in need is ever more urgent.  There are some people who are discarded, marginalized, scorned, and the majority of them are women.   Our strength comes from encounter.  This encounter, with this story which has a first and last name.  This person who is the face of God him or herself.  Because the faith in our hearts cannot allow us to be indifferent.  Our faith always calls us to love with deeper passion, tenderness, and courage.  This is our strength: God and God’s love which first loved us.”