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Talitha Kum: 15 years against human trafficking

Talitha Kum 2nd General Assembly in Rome

Talitha Kum’s 2nd General Assembly was held on 18-24 May 2024 in Rome, with the theme “Journeying Together to End Human Trafficking: Compassion in Action for Transformation”. 153 Talitha Kum delegates from 71 countries, representing women and men religious, laity, young people, and survivors gathered for the General Assembly, which also marks its 15th anniversary this year. The aim of the assembly was to gather Talitha Kum Sisters and partner collaborators to dialogue, listen, discern, and share to continue engaging and strategically tackling this modern-day evil that envelops the globe.

Here are the Opening addresses to the Assembly of sr. Mary Barron, ola, UISG President and sr. Abby Avelino, MM, International Coordinator of Talitha Kum.

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Here is the address sent by the Holy Father to the participants and the General Assembly Final Declaration, released on may 22nd, 2024.

The Assembly closed on Thursday, 23 May with a Papal audience, a liturgy celebrated by Cardinal Michael Czerny in St Peter’s Basilica, and the Sisters Anti-Trafficking Award ceremony at the Augustinianum auditorium in Rome. Three sisters (Mary Mugo, an Anti-Trafficking Youth Ambassador from Kenya, Nasreen Sheikh, a widely respected advocate for survivors, and Kevin Hyland, the former UK Anti-Slavery Commissioner) have been recognized for exceptional courage, creativity, collaboration, and achievement in the protection of their communities from human trafficking.

Talitha Kum is the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Human Trafficking. Formally established in 2009 with the International Union of Superiors General (UISG) as an international initiative against human trafficking and exploitation. Talitha Kum promotes collaboration among networks organized at national, regional and continental level, actively supporting victims, survivors and people at risk.

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