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June 27 symposium addressed issues of human trafficking, immigration

" that they might have life and have it in abundance." - John10:10

On Thursday, June 27, the diocesan office of pastoral services hosted a two-session Symposium on Human Life and Dignity at Cathedral Square Center in Grand Rapids. The sessions focused on the issues of Human Trafficking Immigration.

Featured speakers for the morning session on human trafficking included Senator Judy EmmonsTheresa Flores, author of "The Slave Across the Street" who courageously shared her experience of being a victim of human trafficking as a teenager in the Detroit area; and Rebecca Mastee of the Michigan Catholic Conference (MCC).

D.J. Florian, director of the office of pastoral services; members of the diocesan Immigration Legal Services office and the MCC's Paul Stankewicz addressed the issue of Justice for Immigrants and Immigration Reform during the afternoon session.

Symposium Flyer (English | Español)

Additional Information

​Resource ​Description
​U.S. Bishops on Human Trafficking ​What is human trafficking, key statistics and resources
​Justice for Immigrants

​An initiative of the USCCB to educate the public,
create will for positive immigration reform and
organize Catholic networks to assist qualified immigrants. ​A website established by human trafficking survivor
Theresa Flores representing her organization, Traffickfree,
which is focused on building awareness through
the S.O.A.P. outreach, and speaking at colleges, churches,
schools and in other locations.
Human Trafficking in Michigan ​Human trafficking information on the State of Michigan
Michigan Catholic Conference ​MCC serves as the official voice of the Catholic Church
in Michigan on matters of public policy
Catholic Advocacy Network (MCC) The Catholic Advocacy Network provides updates on
important legislative issues and helps to strengthen
our Catholic advocacy voice. Join today!