Declaration of the Youth Meeting in Villa María, Argentina, May 2015
Youth Against Slavery
In accordance with our goal to eradicate modern slavery and human trafficking throughout the world for all time, we have developed a Youth Group to empower and train young people all over the world to become leaders in their schools, universities, faith-based communities, sports and recreational associations, and with their own peers, to change the paradigm and build a more just, equitable and inclusive society.
We are committed to promoting enhanced awareness-raising campaigns targeted to young people, focusing specifically on prevention, different forms of exploitation, family structures, and at risk and vulnerable cohorts and communities. We will also arrange meetings with key stakeholders on targeted issues relating to modern slavery and human trafficking to identify, develop and promote the implementation of eradication strategies.
The first Youth Against Slavery group was formed during a Youth Symposium on Young People Against Prostitution and Human Trafficking: The Greatest Violence Against Human Beings held at the Casina Pio IV, the headquarters of the Pontifical Academies of Sciences and Social Sciences in the Vatican, on 15-16 November 2014. We will continue to consult and engage with them regarding strategies and initiatives to prevent youth from becoming victims of modern slavery and human trafficking, particularly becoming victims of sexual exploitation.
Young people are with us and ask for our support to ensure that our generation is the last generation that has to fight this crime against humanity.