Second International Forum on Modern Slavery Convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-8, 2018

May 14, 2018

Under the auspices of the Ecumenical Patriarchate, a second international forum on modern slavery convened in Buenos Aires, Argentina, May 5-8, 2018.  This forum, entitled Old Problems in the New World, was cosponsored by the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Buenos Aires and South America, and the Patriarch Athenagoras Orthodox Institute (Berkeley, California).  The purpose of this gathering was to bring together distinguished practitioners, policymakers, theologians, and scholars, from within Latin America and other parts of the world to explore the myriad dimensions of the scourge of modern-day slavery.

Presbytera Maria Drossos, a member of the Ecumenical Patriarchate's Commission on Human Trafficking and SCV Advisory Board member read the Forum Declaration to the delegates in introductory session at the Second International Forum on Modern Slavery and Human Trafficking held in Buenos Aires. Saint Catherine's Vision is one of the first Orthodox organizations to publicly denounce human trafficking through their on-going Divine Compassion and Human Trafficking Diakonima (public ministry). Please find pictures below of Presbytera Maria speaking at the forum (pictured left) and a group of several distinguished guests and dignitaries (pictured right) present for this important event.

Click HERE for the official press release.

Click HERE for the Declaration of Unity Against the Sin of Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery.

In addition, pictured above, some of the forum participants visited the Instituto Griego Athenagoras I High School of the Metropolis of Buenos Aires and South America. Two classes visited part of the forum. Pictured are His Eminence Tarasios, the school principal Professor Sofia Antonoglou, Deacon Perry Hamalis, Arlene Siavelis-Kehl, Kathy Siavelis and Presbytera Maria Drossos.