A significant Conference

Opportunity to network and establish links

Good Shepherd representation at the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC) Asia Oceania Working Group and High Level Regional Conference on “Future of Work” held in Bangkok, Thailand on 2-3 December 2019


Interview with Theresa - Video link 

As well as giving a presentation to this Conference, Ms Theresa Symons’ comments during an interview may be viewed in this video link (4.27 minutes).  Theresa outlines the issues facing women at risk of Trafficking and describes Good Shepherd Asia Pacific commitment  in areas of Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Partnership.

Click here - https://youtu.be/uMoW4A-A_KM

Related article Global Shepherds' shelter in Kuala Lumpur

ICMC has been in partnership with the Global Shepherds Berhad shelter for survivors of gender-based violence in Kuala Lumpur since 2011.  The shelter was founded by the Good Shepherd Sisters over 40 years ago and today provides protection to refugee survivors of gender-based violence whose life is most at risk. It takes in women and children and can welcome 20 people at a time. 

Click here - https://www.icmc.net/newsroom/news-and-statements/providing-support-to-rebuild-lives

Conference Organising groups

A Conference was organised by the International Catholic Migration Commission (ICMC), in collaboration with the Migrant and Refugees Section of the Holy See, Caritas Asia, The German Commission for Justice and Peace and Future of Work, Labour After Laudato Si on the theme “Future of Work” in Bangkok from 2-4 December, 2019.  


The Conference brought together more than 70 participants from different church based groups and NGOs from Asia and Oceania.  Also present were key representatives from IOM, ILO, UNHCR, OHCHR and UNESCO who spoke on their areas of specialisation.

Focus of the Conference 

The Conference focussed on three thematic areas – (i) Child Migrants and Refugees, (ii) Human Trafficking and (iii) IDPs and the implementation of the Global Compacts.

Presentation by Theresa Symons

Ms Theresa Symons, the Regional Manager of the Good Shepherd Asia Pacific Mission Development Office, shared on Good Shepherd’s commitment to address the issue of human trafficking in Asia Pacific in the areas of Protection, Prevention, Prosecution and Partnership.  See photo above.

A great opportunity

The Conference was a great opportunity to network and establish links with other Catholic organisations working on the same issues as Good Shepherd in the region.

Link to content of sharing

For content of sharing, go to https://www.facebook.com/icmc.migration/posts/1465181280316099

Link to foundation documents

These documents formed the foundation of many discussions: 

  1. Responding to Refugees and Migrants: 20 Action Points for the Global Compacts by the Vatican  http://admin.goodshepherd-asiapacific.org.au/Assets/Files/20-Action-Points-for-the-Global-Compacts.pdf

  2. The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration https://refugeesmigrants.un.org/sites/default/files/180713_agreed_outcome_global_compact_for_migration.pdf

  3. Pastoral Orientations on Human Trafficking by the Vatican https://migrants-refugees.va/documents/en/email/pastoral-orientations-on-human-trafficking.pdf