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  • Global Mercy Concern Aotearoa New Zealand Report for 30 April 2018.

    May 1, 2018

    In late January 2018, I was requested by the Leadership Team to join the Global Mercy Concern Aotearoa New Zealand Group. My area is to co-ordinate the Displacement of Peoples dimension. The Human Slavery/Trafficking direction links with my having attended the “Tip of the Iceberg? Conference, Wellington, August 2017 on human slavery in Aotearoa New Zealand and a current research interest on th…

  • Report from MECPATHS (Ireland)

    May 1, 2018

    Since our last report, the following developments have taken place at MECPATHS Redesign of Logo (change of wording) Old Logo: Mercy Efforts to Counter Child Prostitution and Trafficking in the Hospitality Sector. New Logo: Mercy Efforts for Child Protection Against Trafficking with the Hospitality Sector. Redesign of Training Ma…

  • Report to MIA Working Group on Human Trafficking, April 2018 (Americas)

    May 1, 2018

    ¼I continue education and advocacy efforts within and beyond the Mercy Community, using an issue-specific e-list and our communityüs internal electronic newsletter. There are close to 300 people on my e-list, representing Mercy community members and associates, ministry colleagues, other religious communities, laypersons, students, etc. It is an inclusive list. Besid…

  • Brief Report on Opposing Human Trafficking October Conference Call Meeting

    October 9, 2017

    Members of the MIA-Global Action working group on Opposing Human Trafficking from Australia, Ireland and America met via conference call on October 3rd. Reports from members were circulated prior to the call providing the opportunity to share initiatives and best practice and to alert the group to concerns and emerging issues. Reports: MIA-MGA¼at the UN …

  • Update on Anti-Trafficking work by MIA- MGA at the UN

    October 4, 2017

    Report:¼Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons; High Level Meeting of the GA to Review Plan; Reception at the Holy see MIssion; CSTIP; NY¼Declaration and the Global Compact on Migration; Other Events 1. Preparation work for the Review of the Global Plan of Action to Combat Trafficking in Persons Preparation work for the review of the Glob…

  • Addressing Human Trafficking: Report from The Congregation

    October 3, 2017

    Steps taken by The Congregation through MECPATHS¼to address the issue of Human trafficking: Aisling Murray to increase her working hours to 18 per week. Ann Mara was taken on staff to replace Ruth Kilcullen. New Website designed and content developed. Letters to MEPs – Letter drafted for lobbying purposes. …

  • Report from Newfoundland

    October 1, 2017

    Projects happening within our province: Over the past months I have been involved in preparing a power point presentation on human trafficking. I was asked to provide an education and awareness session to the clergy of one of our dioceses. I used slides, hymns, prayers and creative pictures in the power point. Part 1 focussed on facts/figures and Part 11 on the response of the church. Part 11 evoked a spirited discussion in terms o…

  • Environmental Refugees and Human Trafficking

    September 30, 2017

    U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based network that offers educational programs and materials, supports access to survivor services, and engages in legislative advocacy to eradicate modern-day slavery. Following recent climate disasters, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico, members of the U.S. Catholic Sist…

  • Report from Mercy Investments

    September 30, 2017

    Mercy Investment Services (MIS) work in the area of Human Trafficking So much attention has been paid to the issue of trafficking in the last few months here. Legislation moves slowly but we are still hopeful that a bill will be completed on the Business Supply Chain Transparency Act. In the meantime we are engaging hotels, trucking companies and airlines to either join the Ecpat …

  • October Report from USA

    September 27, 2017

    Primary foci of ministry are education, awareness raising and legislative advocacy. Essential to achieving the foci are collaboration, networking and coalition-building. Specific things in which I have been engaged are: Presenting to high school and university students, health care personnel and a wide variety of groups and organization…

  • Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) - A Critique

    September 20, 2017

    The Trafficking in Persons (TIP) Report is produced annually by the US government to provide an up to date account of human trafficking or modern slavery in every country. Its authenticity and therefore value as revealed in this short critique, is increasingly being questioned. In introducing the report, the US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said the 2017 Report “f…

  • Report from Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK)

    May 18, 2017

    This activity/involvement is mostly undertaken in or through women@thewell (w@w), which whilst being an independent charity was initially seed funded by IOLM and continues to get considerable support from them both as direct financial funding and through the rent free use and upkeep the building, additionally IOLM are involved at all levels in the mission i.e. governance/trusteeship, staffing …

  • Update on Anti-Trafficking work at Mercy Global Action at the UN - May, 2017

    May 17, 2017

    Mercy Global Action at the UN has engaged in the following: Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) The priority theme for CSW61 in March 2017 was Womenüs economic empowerment in the changing world of work. MGA at the UN prepared a written statement with The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd. Joint Written Statement to the UN Commis…

  • Report on Trafficking in Persons – South Africa – January 2017 – May 2017

    May 17, 2017

    The following activities have taken place this year: 1. The NICTIP (National Inter- Sectoral Committee for Trafficking In Persons) has not yet finalized the draft National Policy Framework on Combating of Trafficking in Persons. The meeting of the committee, which will take place next week, will try to get the Policy tabled in parliament at its next sitting. 2. The Co…

  • Report on Human Trafficking (Newfoundland)

    May 16, 2017

    Most of my involvement in the area of human trafficking over the past months has been in the areas of prayer, awareness and education. Prayer: 1. I have shared with people The Beatitudes-A Contemporary Version Against Human Trafficking 2. I provided materials to various groups for the feast of St.Josephine Bakhita. 3. I attended celeb…

  • Report from ACRATH (Australia)

    May 16, 2017

    An update on ACRATH's activities Publication of Booklet Christine Carolan and Sr Noelene Simmons ( our newly elected President co-wrote a publication - Human Trafficking and Slavery – A response from Australian Catholics, which was published as one of the Catholic Social Justice Series of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. It has been widely…

  • Report from Mercy Investment Services (Americas)

    May 16, 2017

    Trafficking issues remain high on the agenda at Mercy Investment Services. Our partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) continues as we ask more and more trucking companies to train their drivers on the issue. With more than 300,000 truck drivers in the U.S. now trained, TAT has documented more than 1,600 calls to the hotline, with more than 500 of those involving likel…

  • Report on the Activities of MECPATHS (The Congregation)

    May 15, 2017

    ¼ In January 2017, Aisling Murray joined the MECPATHS campaign as Project Officer and now works with Ruth in the office in Clondalkin three mornings a week. ¼ Aisling and Ruth have been visiting hotels in the Dublin area, and supporting the sisters of the MECPATHS team in other parts of the country. Two new Sisters have joined the campaign in the course of the last y…

  • Summary from the Justice Advocate on Human Trafficking (Americas)

    May 10, 2017

    ¼Primary goals are education, awareness building and legislative advocacy. Collaboration with: ? Sisters of Mercy engaged in human trafficking efforts and the coalition in which they participate ? An Omaha-based company designed and produced the banners six vinyl display banners produced for their use. and our brochure. …

  • A Shared Commitment to Opposing Human Trafficking

    February 6, 2017

    On 18 October 2016 the EU held its 10th Annual Anti-trafficking Day. The National Rapporteur of the Netherlands in a Statement asks this rhetorical question: “What is commitment? Commitment is an irrevocable dedication to fight for something, time and time again. It is unconditional and sustainable. And commitment needs to be heard, seen and felt?. And that is what is being asked of us at a ti…