Vatican Hosts Summit of Judges to Combat Human Trafficking

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The Vatican is hosting a two-day summit of judges, prosecutors and magistrates from many countries, including an important delegation from the United States, to share experiences and best practices in combatting human trafficking and to make proposals for promoting more effective legislation in this field.

Pope Francis will address the meeting on the first evening, June 3, the Vatican announced today. (See update on his remarks.)

It said participants include a U.S. delegation led by the ambassador responsible for the Department of State’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, Susan Coppedge. Also in attendance will be the British high commissioner against modern slavery, the Dutch national rapporteur on trafficking in human beings, the United Nations high commissioner against human trafficking, the Swedish chancellor of justice, Italy’s national anti-Mafia prosecutor and judges from Argentina, Mexico and other places.


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