Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism
By the direction of Pope Francis, the Pontifical Academy of Sciences (PAS) convened a Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism on February 7-8, under the leadership of its Chancellor Marcelo Sánchez Sorondo and convened by Past TTS President Francis Delmonico as Academician of the PAS. The objectives of the Summit were to describe the widespread problem of transplant tourism and organ trafficking (testimony given by attendees from countries currently with transplant services throughout the world); to prepare a Statement referable to the Pontifical Academy Summit that would be signed by the participants and distributed worldwide; to engage a group of stakeholders (government officials, prosecutors, investigators, justices, and journalists) who can be influential in the long term in combatting organ trafficking in an alliance with transplant professionals.
Seventy-five participants were in attendance, including the TTS President Nancy Ascher, President-Elect Mehmet Haberal and Immediate Past President Philip O’Connell. The consensus Statement of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences Summit on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism was signed by all participants.