20 December 2017
Margaret S. Archer
Starting from zero: the challenge of starting a charity to help victims of human trafficking
Solidarity at Christmas
My story begins at breakfast in late 2013 in a sunny hotel courtyard in southern Mexico; just me, my double espresso and my laptop. When I flipped the laptop open that morning I was astonished by an email informing me of Pope Francis’ invitation to be the new president of the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences.
What, I wondered, did a social theorist accustomed to writing academic books and arranging conferences have to offer beyond more books and more meetings? When I returned home, I asked the Pope what he wanted us to investigate. He sent me his reply, handwritten on the back of an envelope: “I think it would be good to examine human trafficking and modern slavery.
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