What is the relation to the breakdown of the family and increasing human trafficking? Does investing in healthy families have positive effects on fighting human trafficking? These and other relevant questions were asked on the second of April, during the international conference: “Human trafficking: a threat to family values”. The conference, organized by ECPM, attracted a wide range of experts on the fields of both family policy and human trafficking. The second part of the conference focused more on the relevance of family.
The ECPM elections manifesto states: "The family is the most important social entity in the world, it precedes the state and any other community or group. Life starts in the family and relations start in the family. The natural family is a micro-society where elementary skills and experiences are being conveyed. Healthy families lead to a healthy society while fragmented families do the opposite. It is the view of ECPM that the role of the family has to be included when combating at human trafficking."
Florica Cherecheş, MP and individual member of ECPM started the conference by calling it a responsibility towards our family, other families and God, to promote the value of the family. Children receive the best education in a family and it is highly important that the Romanian constitution has a clear definition of family as a union between one man and one woman. Andrea Popescu, representing the European Centre for Law and Justice agreed that clearly defining these terms is needed at the national level and international level in order to promote and safeguard the natural marriage and family.
Antoine Renard, President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE) and ECPM candidate for the coming European elections, sees family as the first institution where basic human needs, such as the need to be loved, to have integrity and the need to pursue dreams, are taken care of. Luca Volonté, President of Nova Terra and of the Dignitatis Humanae Institute brought to the fore the power of cohesion that the family has in society, stressing the need for family friendly policies to be pursued as they have a long term positive effect on the family and the individual.
Ludovine de la Rochere, “Le Manif Pour Tous” association, pointed to dangers that same sex marriage has on the upbringing of a child. This conclusion lead to a revival of the debate on same sex marriages in France. Zeljka Markic, the spokeswoman of the Family Association in Croatia gave a short presentation about the struggle endured in 2013 in order to organize the referendum which required a clear definition of marriage as between a man and a woman in the Croatian constitution. This referendum was a huge success for her organisation and a defeat for the ruling government.