Declaration of the Youth Meeting in Villa María, Argentina, 9-10 May 2015

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Young People Launch an Appeal to the World from Argentina

One of the greatest crimes against humanity in the world today is modern slavery, that is, trafficking, forced or slave labour, prostitution and organ trafficking. The tragedy is taking giant strides and trampling on the dignity and fundamental rights of humanity. We the young people of the world, gathered together in the city of Villa Maria, Argentina, in an urgent appeal to the whole of society, declare that:

Human life is sacred and human dignity is the moral basis of society as a whole: "... Your surplus at present may fill their deficit, and another time their surplus may fill your deficit. So there may be a fair balance" (2 Corinthians 8: 14).

There is only one human family, despite our ethnic, economic, cultural or national differences. We are the protectors of our brothers and sisters without discrimination. Loving one’s neighbour takes on a global nature in an increasingly "small" and inter-connected world: " Then again, I contemplate all the oppression that is committed under the sun. Take for instance the tears of the oppressed. No one to comfort them!" (Ecclesiastes 4: 1).

We are called to protect our people and our Planet, to live our faith in relation to the Earth created by God. This challenge has fundamental moral dimensions. “The spirit of Lord Yahweh is on me for Yahweh has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the news to the afflicted, to soothe the broken-hearted.” (Isaiah 61: 1)

Our request to the young people of the world, to World Leaders and Heads of State

We ask them to consider the following recommendations in the forthcoming discussions at the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (post-2015):

1. Combat interregional, cross-border and transnational human trafficking

·       Intensify cooperation among national security forces, customs authorities, civil organizations against trafficking, research institutions and INTERPOL to detect, intercept and combat trafficking of women and children at the national and trans-boundary levels.

·       As a matter of urgency, discuss the creation and funding of a World Anti-Trafficking Agency, within the framework of the United Nations and in coordination with international security institutions and civil society organisations.

·       Combat slave labour with transnational legislation in order to protect universal human and labour rights, particularly those relating to vulnerable groups.

·       Increase international police resources and cooperation in order to achieve a significant raise in the low rates of prosecution and conviction of traffickers.

·       Carry out a broad and comprehensive review of any legislation that might infringe on the fundamental rights of undocumented migrants, especially "temporary work" programs, which are the traffickers’ main pretext for withholding the IDs of those who seek a dignified future and life.

·       Request each state to file a registration report in order to determine the number of nameless or unclaimed people buried in recent years, with the goal of creating an agency with a single register, including a DNA database of missing persons.

2. Fighting the climate crisis and its direct result: structural poverty

·       Promote and advocate for a world with no carbon emissions, sustained entirely by clean and renewable energy sources, which on the one hand alleviate the impacts of climate change, and on the other ensure universal access to energy, which is the main tool in the fight against poverty.

·       Advocate international agreements on environmental refugees to give refugee status to people displaced by climatic factors and promote and improve their legal protection.

·       Improve the living standards of women and consolidate their rights by ensuring access, control and ownership of resources (land, livestock, property and the possibility of revenue) and access to development resources such as loans, information, training, support services and labour-saving technologies, according to their culture.

·       Guarantee that education programmes, as well as those of training, awareness and information address climate vulnerability and the risks of domestic violence, sexual abuse and trafficking in contexts where extreme weather events, economic crises and human trafficking are combined. 

·       Advocate national laws on supply chain transparency, which promote the dignity of workers, climate sustainability, and the prevention of child labour and human trafficking.

3. Discourage the demand for prostitution and other forms of slavery

·       Provide comprehensive monitoring ("brand icon") to prove that the goods sold in the supply chain (such as clothing and electrical goods) are free of forced labour, child labour and labour trafficking.

·       Coordinate with associations working on supply chain transparency in order to launch national advertising campaigns on personal responsibility in the consumption of services based on trafficked labour.

·       Promote a reduction in the demand for prostitution, in its profits and therefore in its supply, through laws and cultural approaches, developing critical domestic pathways that drastically reduce the profitability of trafficking.

·       Develop significant public awareness campaigns on human trafficking in the media, the education system and national cultural policies.

·       Advocate models similar to those adopted in Sweden, Norway and France, which have wide-ranging public policies aiming to reduce demand and repair victims’ rights, and where reintegration and reinsertion into the labour market play a key role, assistance and benefits to victims are not conditional on cooperation with criminal justice systems and solid cultures that discourage the consumption of prostitution are fostered.

4. Increase prevention and prosecution of human trafficking

·       Draw inspiration from the model adopted by the United Kingdom of an Independent Commissioner for Combatting Trafficking and Slavery, with a strictly technical profile and independent of any political party, who has the power to improve best practices in the prevention, detention, investigation and prosecution of traffickers.

·       In the case of countries which have not yet done so, hasten the ratification of the 1957 ILO Convention and the 2000 UN Protocol against Trafficking in Persons, to make human trafficking and forced labour a penal offence with commensurate penalties.

·       Sanction and enact reforms for the criminalization of traffickers, in line with the Palermo Protocol and with ILO Convention no. 29, 1930. Establish policies for the seizure and reallocation of goods from traffickers, for the rehabilitation and compensation of victims.

·       Develop global benchmarks for the support of trafficked victims, including: civil legal aid, secure witness protection, medical and psychological post-traumatic care, and support for individuals from social service agencies.

·       Encourage the prosecution of clients of commercial sexual services offered by prostituted and trafficked people, thus discouraging demand and damaging the profitability of this crime.

5. Helping victim rehabilitation in host countries

·       Require destination countries to: 1) distinguish between victims of trafficking and irregular migrants; 2) undertake greater responsibility for the resettlement of victims, including identification, documentation and humanitarian aid; 3) provide means for victims to choose freely between resettlement and repatriation.

·       Encourage procedures in host countries that enable trafficked victims to make an informed choice on resettlement or repatriation by providing legal, psychological and financial assistance. Provide proper training for staff working with victims, to ensure that victims are treated with dignity and respect.

·       Promote flexible and voluntary resettlement plans in all host countries: health care, language learning, life skills, access to job training, housing, and community integration, making maximum use of the assistance provided by voluntary associations.

·       Allow victims who remain in the host country to obtain temporary residence permits, thus facilitating access to the labour market, and to legal aid, with clear guidance on rights and responsibilities, both in the short and long term.

·       Guarantee that victims who return to their home countries enjoy full civil rights through governmental and non-governmental bilateral agreements.

 

Signatories:

Observers

Abregu Christian Alexis
Aguilera Lelia
Aguirre Soledad
Aguirre Elizabet
Agustina Gambone
Alabarse Sola Meloly
Alamo Irene
Alesso Alexis
Allasia Rozana Valeria
Alustriza Andrea
Alzuarte Flavia Fernanda
Amarilla Laila
Andino Matias
Andrada Brian
Andrada Beatriz
Andrada Rocio
Andreozzi Soledad
Anselmi Jorgelina
Aracena Martin
Arcidiacono Nicole
Argentero Milagros
Arias Lautaro Emiliano
Arriara Leandro
Arrieta Joaquin
Arrietto Valdez Nadia
Audagna Antonela
Aveldaño Paula
Avila Sabrina
Avila Rocio
Ayala Dorio Mayra Allelen
Baier Sol
Balgorria Ludmila
Balmaceda Juan José
Baninetti Nery
Barrionuevo Jimena
Basilico Yanina
Battiston Luisina
Bauducco Elsa Magdalena
Becerra Claudia
Benitez Maria Jose
Berardo Julieta
Beriava Sabrina Soledad
Bernandis Vanina
Bertotto Lucia
Biagioni Jonathan
Bolilla Joel
Bosio Corina
Bossa Lia
Bossio Enzo
Bracco Luis Adolfo
Brizuela Javer Horacio
Brustio Carlos Nicolas
Buc Camila
Bussetto Fernando
Bustos Tobias
Cabral Silvia
Cabrera Ana Paula
Calderon Estela
Calvelo Tunes Tomas
Caminos Nicolas
Candelario Rocio
Canelo Ignacio
Canepa Laura Maribel
Carassai Maria Jose
Cardozo Agostina Natalia
Caro Sofia
Cascone Milagros
Castillo Cesar
Castillo Andrea
Castillo Catherine
Castro Patricia
Caula Virginia
Ceballos Gustavo
Celiz Elio Pedro
Cerutti Karen
Cerutti Agostina
Chambi John
Chappero Tamara
Chiavarini Agustina
Ciavatti Francisco
Ciccarelli Molina Alejandra
Cisneros Belen
Cisneros Rocio Melina
Clavero Maria Soledad
Cliari Maicol
Coll Angelica
Comba Camila
Conti Giancarlo
Cordon Giselle
Coronel Nadia
Coronel Nilda Estela
Coronel Julieta
Corti Leonardo
Cravero Juan Cruz
Cuello Gonzalo
Cufre Florencia
Dallo Mauro
Dandeu Julieta
De León Maria Soledad
Del Franco Mariana
Delgado Germán
Diaz Federico
Diaz Victoria Janet
Díaz Malena
Díaz María
Diaz Gabriela
Diaz Lucia
Dicroce Maria Laura
Donus Marcia
Dotto María Eugenia
Duran Milagros
Echinuue Unelen
Elvira Javier
Evans Graciela
Fantino Carolina
Farias Santiago Exequiel
Farias Veronica
Farragut Antonela
Fatima Olmos No
Felipuzzi Verónica
Fernadez Fereyra Gonzalo
Fernandez Cecilia
Fernandez Marianela
Fernandez Florencia
Fernandez Maria Celeste
Fernandez Blanco Tomas
Fernandez Blanco Carine
Ferrero Alicia Ester
Ferrero Nazarena
Fidani Cristian
Figueroa Maximiliano
Flavian Milagros
Fontan Florencia
François Katherine
Fuentecilla Catalina
Galacio Guada
Galetto Camila
Gambone Vanesa
Gambone Milagros
Garcia Arcangela
Garcia Mayra
Giayeetoi Pilar
Gimenez Maria De Los Angeles
Gimenez Mariana
Giorgetti Sara
Giraudo Maria Ines
Godoy Milagros
Godoy Leonardo
Gody Brandon
Gomez Celeste
Gonzales Maria De Los Milagros
Gonzalez Andres
Gonzalez Abad Melisa Sofía
Gorosito Larroque Agustin
Gosp María Cristina
Grimaldi Octavio
Guardo Rocío Belén
Guepart Franco
Guidetti Yamila
Gutierrez Rosina
Guzman Rodrigo
Herrera Jessica
Hidalgo Marcelo
Horodeski Sofia
Huppi Barbara
Ibalbold Cristian
Iribe Maria Soledad
Irina Comunaro
Irina Esquivel
Jara Ibrahim
Juarez Maribel
Karl Debora
Kazys Maria Ines
Labarre Julieta
Lancioni Micaela
Laurence Laporte
Ledesma Lourdes Berenice
Lepori Maria Julia
Lescano Diego Sebastian
Llanos Maria Sol
Lopez Nahuel
López Yamila Fabiana
Lopez Arrieta Maria Belen
Lopez Vazquez Maria Victoria
Loquez Rita
Lovay Maria Selene
Loys Matias
Ludueña Santiago Ezequiel
Ludueña Paulo Eugenio
Luenguo Mariana
Lugo Pablo
Luna Rocio
Maldonado Milagros Oriana
Maldonado Marcos Alejandro
Maldonado Matias
Mandrile Josefina
Mansilla Iara
Mansilla Nicolas
Mansilla Mayra
Marssol Carla
Martín José Ignacio
Martinez Gisel
Martinez Mariel
Martinez Mariel
Massafara Laura
Massey Gaston
Matas Maria Florencia
Mathier Ana
Mattea Agustina
Maydana Mara Noe
Medina Domingo Ruben
Membribe Vega Ariel
Mendez Sofía
Menta Delfina
Mercado Victoria Nadin
Mercado Marisa
Milanesio Rocio
Milano Jesica
Milesi Narella
Milialobos Maria Lujan
Mina Nahuel
Miolina Alvaro
Molina Maritin
Molina Victoria
Moncabal Marcela
Moncada Elena
Monge Camila
Monge Valentina
Montenegro Micaela
Montero Blanca Milena
Monti Mariana
Moreno Anabela
Moreno Maximiliano
Moreno Maria Eugenia
Moretti Sofia
Moya Nadia Soledad
Moyano Karem
Muñoz Lilia
Myers Henenn
Navarta Alejandro Javier
Nieva Rodrigo
Novachig Aron

Olaviaga Camila
Oliva Evelin Agustina
Olivera Lautaro
Olivera Jorge
Orozco Noelia Soledad
Orsini Teresa
Ortiz Jeniffer
Otiniano Ingrid
Oviedo Federico Omar
Oviedo Maria Valentina
Oyola Cuello Marcelo
Palacio Milagros Irina
Palacios Sonia Del Valle
Palacios Darío
Pallero Lucas
Pallero Cristian Nahuel Ignacio
Paolini Sol
Paz Analia
Peña Gaston
Peralta Carolina
Peressutti Alicia
Pereyra Angeles
Pereyra Emanuel
Perez Mariano
Perez Mariana
Perez Maria Lujan
Picatto Gino
Picatto Piero
Picatto Omar
Pietracone Fernando
Pilar Goldmann
Pinto Anahi
Pistone Matias Oscar
Pizzolato Angel
Polo Sofia
Ponce Jenifer
Poncio Santiago
Possetto Luciano
Possetto Magali
Prarollo Maria Ileana
Prone Luciana
Prone Lucia
Pucci Macarena
Puebla FacundoQuevedo Esteban
Quinteros Mauricio Gabriel
Quinteros Betina
Quiñones Rocio
Quiroga Leonel
Quiroga Brisa Belen
Quiroga Agustin
Ramos Federico
Retamozo Lukas Daniel
Reyes Marisa Noemi
Reynoso Tomas
Ribatto Sofia
Riera Torres Anahi
Rios Melany
Rivas Laura
Rivero Melisa
Roda Laura
Rodriguez Florencia
Rodriguez Juliana Teresa
Rodriguez Tupac Nehuen
Rojas Elba
Romero Fernando
Romero Rocio Celeste
Romero Edith Graciela
Rosso Yamila Belen
Rosso Evelin
Rubiolo Federico
Saab Emanuel Damián
Saavedra Paola
Saavedra Carla
Sachelly Mariela
Salas David
Salas Julia Edith
Saldain Viviana
Sales Ailen
Salinas Maria
Saluta Micaela
Saluzzo Celina
Sanabria Facundo
Sanchez María Celeste
Sargiotto Julian
Serafini Ana
Serra Micaela
Servinatti Matias
Settecase Maria Fernanda
Siarez Mariquena Agustina
Solorzano Adrian
Sturniono Garaciela
Suarez Leandro
Suarez Haydee Beatriz
Supertino Johana
Taborda Carlos
Tamagnio Maria Paula
Tejeda Ariel
Toranzo Barbara Valentina
Torelli Brenda
Torleti Ana Paula
Torleti Catherine
Torres Andrea
Torres Jacqueline Alejandra
Torres Virginia
Torres Milagros
Tovaldi Ana Clara
Tracanelli Natalia
Tribiani Natalia
Trucco Matias
Truszkowsi Miguel Angel
Tucco Josefina
Tymoszczuk Aylen
Vallejo Ivonne
Vallejos Florencia
Valverdi Oriana
Vanega Susana Raquel
Vaquero Micaela
Varela Mariana
Vassallo Stella Maris
Vassallo Spada Olga Fabina
Vega Gabriela Victoria
Velazquez Airton
Venegas Brenda
Vergara Araceli Belen
Vidal Luciano
Viglienghi Evelyn
Vilches Ana Paula
Villalba Barbara
Villareal Keila
Villega Maico Jesus
Virgerelo Ramiro
Visani Martin
Watson Bustos Sofia
Yapura Melody
Yedro Estefania
Zaballa Romina Paola
Zalazar Mabel Patricia
Zampagliani Leone Leicia
Zavalla Lucia

Speakers

Ambrosio Juana
Arbelo Cecilia
Avalos Luis
Avesilla Susana
Avesilla Maria Susana
Barboza Bárbara
Bassi Sandra
Berhe Vanessa
Bonelli Sol
Boy Natalia
Budiño Adolfo
Capacio Hugo
Capasio Hugo
Chiavarini Agustina
Chusa
Corona Alejandro Marcelo
Cuattromo Sebastian
D' Souza Albert Sharmila
Dominguez Eva
Fernandez Victoria
Fernandez Moreno Hugo
Foppiano Silvina
Fruttero Evelina
Fuentes Ariel
Gandini Liliana
Gonzales Gustavo
Gonzalez Juan Manuel
Ibañez Malena
Kinan Alika
Lionetti Susana Teresa
Lopez Arrieta Belen
Miranda Maria Eugenia
Moncada Elena
Moncada Marcela
Monje Hugo
Monroe Alex
Montes Juan
Montiel Oscar
Muñoz Pinilla David
Orozco Rosi
Peccoud Cledis
Pedregosa Florencia
Perea Juan Carlos
Piceda Silvia
Pierige Carlos
Quinteros Betina
Regis Luciano
Saavedra Cecilia
Sacala Jorge
Serrano Alejandro
Serrano Alejandro
Sigaloff Daniel
Soria Oscar
Traba Julian
Vega Gabriela
Verón Dolores
Villalba Gladys
Zárate Cristina
Zelis Elio

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