Diocese partners with MBIE and US Embassy for modern slavery workshop

Combating modern slavery is something that requires the involvement of all sectors of civil society.  The United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, recently released the global US Trafficking in Persons report, which focused on effective ways local communities can work proactively, and how governments can support them.

Secretary Pompeo said “By engaging and training law enforcement, religious leaders, teachers, tribal elders, business executives, and communities, we become more vigilant and learn to identify and address vulnerabilities swiftly. Proactive community-driven measures strengthen our ability to protect our most vulnerable”

This July the 9th, a very timely workshop will be held in Wellington focusing on engaging with all key stakeholders and the community at large in addressing issues of concern relating to people trafficking and labour exploitation.  Our diocese is co-hosting the workshop, along with “Collaboration and cooperation is essential if we are to effectively work towards eliminating all forms of  extreme worker exploitation which prevents people from having a life of fulfilment and wellbeing”, says Revd. Chris Frazer

The Anglican Diocese of Wellington has partnered with the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment along with the Embassy of the United States to hold this one day workshop, entitled: Harnessing the Power of Civil Society:
Combating Modern Slavery & Trafficking in Persons in New Zealand.  The workshop aims to bring together voices from across government and civil society to create a broader picture of human trafficking for New Zealand organisations, and to achieve an action plan for fostering greater awareness.  “Collaboration and cooperation is essential if we are to effectively work towards eliminating all forms of  extreme worker exploitation which prevents people from having a life of fulfilment and wellbeing,” says the diocesan Deacon for Social Justice, Rev Chris Frazer.

The key note speakers for the event are Fuzz and Carolyn Kitto, the co-directors of Stop the Traffik Australia.  The workshop will involve over 30 people, representing cultural, faith, civil and government groups.