Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)
10:30 - 11:30 Panel 5: Human Trafficking: “An open wound on the body of contemporary society” (Pope Francis)
(Hall 7) – EN 🎧 ES, IT
Headline Speaker: Kevin Hyland OBE, Santa Marta initiative and former head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit.
• Ann Mara, MECPATHS
• Sr Mary Ryan, APT
• Máirin McDonagh, APT
• Mia De Faoite, LLM
• JP O’Sullivan, MECPATHS
• Sarah Benson, Ruhama
• Anne Kelleher, APT
‘Migration is particularly dramatic and devastating to families and individuals when it takes place illegally and is supported by international networks of human trafficking.’ (AL. 46.) This panel looks at how human trafficking pervades contemporary society
Kevin Hyland OBE, Santa Marta initiative and former head of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Human Trafficking Unit.
Kevin Hyland is one of the world’s leading voices in the fight against human trafficking. In 2014 he was appointed as the UK’s first Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner by Theresa May, before assuming his role as CEO with ChildFund Ireland. Mr Hyland was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.) in 2015, acknowledging his service in combating human trafficking throughout his career, including his highly successful tenure as head of the Human Trafficking Unit of the London Metropolitan Police. Mr Hyland was instrumental in the establishment of the Santa Marta Group launched by Pope Francis in 2014, a high-level strategic partnership between international law enforcement agencies, the Catholic Church and Civil Society. Mr Hyland currently chairs the ‘Human Trafficking and Exploitation Project in Ireland’, a high-level initiative seeking to analyse and identify the extent of human trafficking into and within the island of Ireland.