“If God is the center of your
life, no words are necessary.
Your mere presence will
touch hearts.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

“I am satisfied
to sow in tears
if I may reap
in joy.”

St. Elizabeth Seton

 

World Day Against Child Labor

“Children must be able to play, study and grow in a peaceful environment. Woe to anyone who stifles their joyful impulse to hope!”
Pope Francis, June 12, 2018

June 12 is World Day Against Child Labor. The International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency, defines child labor as
work that deprives children and adolescents of their childhood, their education or training, their potential, their dignity, and that is harmful
to physical and mental development.

Child labor has decreased by 38 percent in the last decade, however, the COVID-19 pandemic has considerably worsened the situation.
Countries around the world have reported that homeless children have been targeted during the pandemic for employment and then
exploited because they are vulnerable, and are less likely to demand higher wages or better working conditions.

Many orphaned children, due to COVID-19, are particularly vulnerable to exploitation such as sex trafficking, forced begging, street selling, and other forms of child labor. Their odds of being exploited are greater if they are migrant orphans.

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation warned that increased online presence, because of school closings during the pandemic, has
put children at an inadvertent risk of exploitation.

All countries have a responsibility not only to act urgently to protect children during the pandemic, but to consider how their decisions now can best uphold children’s rights long after the pandemic ends. The ILO is actively working with regional and national governments to eradicate child labor worldwide.

“Children are the future of the human family: it is up to all of us to foster their growth, health, and serenity.” Pope Francis, June 10, 2020

Sources:
International Labor Organization/United Nations
Vatican City

Ministries