The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Department of Justice, Peace, and Human Development will be streaming a live, online event to highlight parish examples of acting together as communities of “salt and light” on Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. Deacon Fred Molina of Resurrection Parish in Winter Garden and coordinator of the Diocese of Orlando Human Trafficking Task Force was selected to be one of three panelists from around the country to be a presenter.
Deacon Molina will explain how he trained parishioners to combat the tragedy of human trafficking, especially through involvement in the Amistad Movement, a USCCB program to train and equip immigrants with the educational resources necessary to identify victims of human trafficking in their communities, prevent exploitation, and build bridges to law enforcement and other community activists.
Like the captives aboard the Amistad slave ship who revolted and won their freedom, the Amistad Movement seeks to empower immigrants in at risk communities with the educational tools to protect their own community members from falling victim to human trafficking.
Deacon Molina was the guest speaker at the first Amistad Institute Anti-Human Trafficking training session Nov. 4-6. By highlighting the program in Orlando, the USCCB hopes other parishes will learn how to come together as a community to eradicate the horrific crime of human trafficking.
This 30 minute event will also feature a speaker from a church that is engaging parishioners to address the Flint water crisis and a church that is teaching parishioners to be advocates against hunger and poverty in their community. Participate here.