CRMS sets up anti-human trafficking desk

February 20, 2018 – In its January meeting, the Conference of Religious Major Superiors (CRMS) Malaysia-Singapore-Brunei formalised the inauguration of Arise, the CRMS desk for dissemination of information and coordination of anti-human trafficking initiatives between Institutes of Consecrated Life and their ministries across the three countries.

The idea for Arise had been conceived at the Southeast Asia Major Superiors Congress in Pattaya in December 2016, and discussed in CRMS meetings in 2017.  In November, several religious and lay collaborators met in Kuala Lumpur to plan how Arise could work.  One immediate outcome was the participation of three lay representatives at the Talitha Kum Asia meeting later that month.

The Arise desk will work in close partnership with the Global Shepherd network, and has joined the Talitha Kum network.  It will also collaborate with local Church leadership and NGOs.

The CRMS has mandated Arise to organise an annual programme of awareness and engagement with the local Church and wider community, sponsored by CRMS, to commence in late 2018.

We continue to pray, as Pope Francis recently asked, “that the Lord may convert the hearts of traffickers … and give those who are caught in this shameful scourge the realistic hope of regaining their freedom”.

 

Praying with the Holy Father on the Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking

February 8, 2018 – On the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita, designated by Pope Francis as a day of prayer, reflection and action to end human trafficking, we join the Holy Father in praying that “that the Lord may convert the hearts of traffickers … and give those who are caught in this shameful scourge the realistic hope of regaining their freedom”.

Yesterday, during his general audience, Pope Francis appealed for concerted action against human trafficking by civil society and institutions.

We take this opportunity to share that the Trees of Hope campaign resulted in a mini-forest of almost 60 trees.   The campaign was launched on July 30, 2017, during the ceremony for the signing of a joint declaration by faith leaders in Malaysia, organised by the Catholic Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur in collaboration with the CRMS.  The faith leaders were the first to light the virtual Trees of Hope and by the end of the campaign, 5,904 people had lit a leaf, taking a first concrete action against human trafficking.