From Catholic Relief Services: Week of January 25, 2016

BRAZIL MODELS COURAGE IN FIGHTING MODERN-DAY SLAVERY

Whether we know it or not, modern-day slavery is everywhere. It lurks in our phones, food, clothing and more.

 Like few other countries, Brazil has made a concerted effort to identify products tainted with slave labor and end modern slavery within its borders. It has actively enlisted help from businesses and publicly listed firms and farms with slave-labor connections. A list of employers that have profited from slave labor—unofficially called “the Dirty List”—has been among the tools the government has used to fight against slave labor in Brazil.Some employers have actively engaged in this campaign, but others have been reluctant to share information, fearing a consumer backlash if they are publicly associated with modern slavery.

Read more at: http://www.crs.org/stories/brazil-models-courage-fighting-modern-day-slavery

HELPING SYRIAN REFUGEES: BY THE NUMBERS

The numbers are astounding. Upwards of 11 million people have been displaced by the Syrian Civil War since it began in 2011. And that number continues to grow every day. More than half of Syrian refugees in the Middle East are children.

Syria’s neighboring countries—Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt—are reaching a breaking point, with some 4 million refugees crossing their borders. Lebanon alone has more than 1.1 million refugees, the highest number per capita in the world.

Read more at: http://www.crs.org/stories/helping-syrian-refugees-numbers

CRS FAIR TRADE: GIFTS OF LOVE

While it’s important to tell people you love them throughout the year, Valentine’s Day is a good day to do something nice for others. Giving chocolate or a small gift is a great start, but giving chocolate or a small gift with meaning is even better. You can do that with CRS Fair Trade.

The CRS Fair Trade program helps bring the core values of our faith to the choices we make as consumers. Catholic Relief Services works with several partners to share fair trade and ethically sourced products.

 Read more at: http://www.crs.org/stories/crs-fair-trade-gifts-love