Global Freedom Network Established
On 17th March, the feast of St Patrick who was himself a slave, an accord was signed by the Vatican, the Anglican Communion and a leading Muslim Institution pledging to work together to end human trafficking throughout the world by 2020. It is hoped that over time all the world’s major faiths will sign the accord. The signing of this accord marks the beginning of the Global Freedom Network. Andrew Forrest, founder of Walk Free Foundation, is a major partner and organizer of the new network.
In a joint statement, the accord’s signatories called human trafficking and modern slavery “crimes against humanity” and called for urgent action by all faith communities to join the effort to “set free the most oppressed of our brothers and sisters.” (Picture: Vatican Radio)