African regional conference 2018

The first Africa Regional Conference of the Santa Marta Group, was held in Abuja, Nigeria from November 14 to November 15, 2018. The Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria (CBCN) played host in the event with the full participation of Archbishop Augustine Akubeze, President of CBCN; His Eminence John Cardinal Onaiyekan, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Abuja; Archbishop Matthew Ndagosa, Chief Host and Board Chairman of Caritas Nigeria; and Bishop Donatus Ogun, Bishop of Uromi Diocese.

With the theme “Church and State Working together to restore dignity to trafficked persons”, the event took place at the Conference Resource Centre of the Catholic Secretariat of Nigeria, Durumi, Abuja.

The hosting of the event was conceived at a meeting in Rome where the Santa Marta Group committed to work in collaboration with the Catholic Bishops Conference of Nigeria.  His eminence, John Cardinal Onaiyekan played a major role in bringing this conference to Nigeria.

The goal of the conference was to bring together church and Law Enforcement Agencies together to address the lingering problem of human trafficking in the African continent by developing strategies for pastoral care of victims and nurturing of partnership with State Institutions in Africa.