Forging partnerships against human trafficking

Catholic News Service

Dennis Sadowski

Human trafficking affects millions of victims worldwide in shadowy networks that relatively few people realize exist.   A daylong conference in Rome hosted by the U.S. Embassy to the Holy See and St. Thomas University School of Law May 18 will bring new light to what authorities call modern-day slavery. Organizers also hope it will lead to long-term partnerships that involve the Catholic Church and the corporate sector.  Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, who runs the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and the conference’s keynote speaker, told Catholic News Service that the church can create broader awareness of the evil of trafficking. Continue reading

Brazil: Amazon rainforest deforestation rises sharply

BBC

Official satellite images shed a new light on the pace of deforestationDeforestation of the Brazilian Amazon rainforest has increased by almost six times, new data suggests.   New satellite images show deforestation has increased from 103 sq km in March and April 2010 to 593 sq km (229 sq miles) in the same period of 2011, Brazil’s space research institute says.  Much of the destruction has been in Mato Grosso state, the centre of soya farming in Brazil.  The news comes shortly before a vote on new forest protection rules. Continue reading