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2014-03-12

He's been cardinal for a few weeks, but already Westminster Archbishop Vincent Nichols plays a key role in the Vatican's fight against human trafficking.

After a successful event in November 2013, Card. Nichols will host the second workshop on human trafficking, from April 9-10, at the Vatican. This time, the focus is on prosecution.

CARD. VINCENT NICHOLS
Archbishop of Westminster (UK)
"It is about practical collaboration between the Church on the ground and the law enforcement agencies in the fight against human trafficking. So this conference is based in a way on the work that we've been doing in London for about the last three years.”

To highlight cooperation, some 20 chiefs from police forces around the world are expected to attend, including the chiefs of Interpol, as well as those from Brazil, Australia and India, among others.

Card. Nichols said in his experience, the Church provides not just a refuge for victims, but a safe place for them to talk, and denounce their traffickers. 

CARD. VINCENT NICHOLS
Archbishop of Westminster (UK)
"Here, there are very helpless victims, and by attending to them and their needs, we can actually make a huge contribution, with the police, to the tackling of this problem.”

The workshop will also look at other areas where the Church can improve, particularly with raising awareness and the reintegration of human trafficking victims into society.

To cap off their work, Card. Nichols said that on the second day, the workshop participants will meet with Pope Francis for a private audience.


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