Human Trafficking Seminar Set at Rizal Center, Jan. 24


CHICAGO-- The Philippine Consulate General together with The World Engagement Institute and the Filipino American Council of Greater Chicago (FACC) will hold a town hall-style seminar on "Human Trafficking", Jan. 24, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Rizal Heritage Center, 1332 W Irving Park Rd., Chicago.

Human trafficking enslaves millions of children, women and men all over the world in the Philippines. Modern slavery victimizes more people globally today than at any previous time in history. And it's happening in every neighborhood - not just "over there" somewhere in a distant land.

The seminar aims to give a better understanding of this social problem and how deep the dimensions and tentacles of trafficking in persons (TIP) reaches. Attendees will be able to learn what they do to combat TIP.

Invited speakers include special agents of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), experts from the Salvation Army's Partnership to Rescue Our Minors from Sexual Exploitation (PROMISE), Cook County's Circuit Court Administrator, and The World Engagement Institute's Executive Director and noted international human rights lawyer, General Charles Tucker.

This is a free seminar to persons who are concerned about the scourge of human trafficking and to find out what you can do to join the fight against TIP. Bring your friends, fellow church members and family. Lunch will be provided.
For more information, please contact Deputy Consul General Romulo (Jun) Israel [312-583-0621 or romulo.israel@dfa.gov.ph]; Dr. Rufino Crisostomo [312-402-4191]; or Greg Wangerin of The World Engagement Institute [847-778-7411] or email: WEI <gwangerin@weinstitute.org>

RSVPs ARE REQUIRED to this free event no later than Monday the 12th of January 2015.


Archbishop Blase Cupich administering the Sacrament of the Eucharist to the hundreds of Filipino American Catholics who heard him during the conclusion of the nine day novena of the Simbang Gabi at Our Lady of Mercy Church in Chicago Dec. 23. Fr. Xamie Reyes is the host pastor. (PINOY Photo)

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2014: Another Year of Living Dangerously


By Mariano “Anong” Santos
PINOY Editor/Publisher



LEFT PHOTO: Transgender Jennifer Laude allegedly murdered by U.S. Marine Pemberton--opening old wounds in U.S. PH relations.

2014 is the year when the world is gripped by Fear, with a capital F.

Fear of the Ebola pandemic that took more than 7,600 lives—mostly in Africa. Fear of terrorists sabotaging the Winter Olympic in Russia. Fear of another super typhoon hitting the same region in the Philippines devastated by the most powerful storm ever recorded just a year earlier. Fear of flying Malaysian Airlines.

Fear of being blown out, literally, just by watching a low-rated James Franco comedy in a neighborhood cinema. Fear that another intrepid journalist will lose his head, literally, from an avenging swift sword of an extremist jihadist in the Middle East. There was even fear among minorities in the U.S. streets—fearing police officers to use excessive force in apprehending suspects.
Fear was not without basis.

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Pope Francis' Gift of Faith

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The (July) announcement by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle that Pope Francis is scheduled to visit the Philippines (this month) has thrilled countless Filipinos. With a papal visit deemed a special blessing, it is expected that survivors of "Yolanda," who are still reeling from the loss not only of their loved ones but also of their homes and livelihood more than eight months after the supertyphoon rearranged the Visayan landscape, would find great comfort in Francis' presence.

Manila holds a record in the number of people that thronged the Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II at Rizal Park in January 1995, his second visit to the Philippines (the first was in February 1981). "The Filipino people are never far from my mind and heart," the Pope momentously said upon his arrival in the country to celebrate World Youth Day.

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The Year That Was


By Jon Melegrito

Letter from Washington



Year 2014 ended much the same way it started for the Filipino American community.

On immigration-related matters, we're still waiting for Homeland Security to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) to 270,000 Filipino nationals. Advocates hoped this would be included when President Obama boldly took executive action providing temporary legal standing to nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants. While this immigration relief could benefit a few thousand Filipinos – notably those who have children who are U.S. citizens – a greater number would still remain in the shadows.
Unless, of course, the Republican-dominated Congress, which is bent on punishing Obama, undergoes a change of heart. A year ago, the GOP set out a "list of principles" that could finally drive elusive immigration reforms in the House of Representatives. But promised action turned into hardened inaction.

Given a dysfunctional Congress, with Tea Party diehards and conservatives blocking Obama's every move, we applaud the President's initiatives to use his constitutional authority. Like DACA, or deferred action for childhood arrivals program, eligible undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children would be allowed to stay and work legally in the United States for two years, subject to renewal.


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