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The U.S. Senate reached a compromise Tuesday on a measure to help victims of sex trafficking that had been held up by lawmakers pushing to include funding for abortion.
The compromise has cleared the Senate to vote for Loretta Lynch's confirmation as attorney general.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., had postponed her nomination vote until the trafficking issue was resolved.
Providing security for Central America means removing some of the armaments the United States has provided for the war on drugs.
Highlighting the life, suffering and enduring hope of St. Josephine Bakhita, a Sudanese slave, Washington Auxiliary Bishop Martin Holley called for reflection and action to combat modern-day slavery during his homily on the first International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking on Sunday.
The committee hearing questioned the "best way forward" in addressing human trafficking, forced labor and other terms of modern slavery on a global scale.
With the new International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking, Catholic leaders hope to draw attention to what many have called the modern slave trade.