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  • Report from the Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition Against Human Trafficking

    January 29, 2017

    ?Freedom should come with no strings attached.? This is the theme our Coalition developed during the 2016 year. We have invested great energy in making posters available in places where people had the opportunity to receive information and take advantage of our services. One of our recent projects is to look at the feasibility of having our poster campaign extended to our local bus service within our capital city of St. John's. Meet…

  • Report on Trafficking in Persons – South Africa

    January 25, 2017

    The South African report on Trafficking in Persons – October 2016 – December 2016 1. On the 7th of October, the NICTIP (National Inter- Sectoral Committee for Trafficking In Persons) met on the progress made on the draft National Policy Framework on Combating of Trafficking in Persons. Mercy House was nominated by the National Department of Social Development to be on this committee, representing all the shelters. This workshop was …

  • #16 Days16 Stories Campaign Concludes

    November 22, 2016

    The 16 Days of Activism commence this Friday, 25 November 2016. The launch video for the #16Days16Stories, campaign is now available. Commencing 24 November 2016, the video stories will be uploaded, one story per day until all 16 are online. The videos are also available on These videos have b…

  • General overview of Trafficking in Ireland 2016

    November 19, 2016

    Ireland like so many other countries is a destination and source country for women, men and children subject to trafficking, including forced labour. (TIP Report 2015). Presentation by Mary Ryan rsm at RENATE 2nd European Assembly, 6-12 November 2016 Ireland too has its own history of human trafficking. It was in the year 2000 when the first trafficked pe…

  • Reminder: #16 Days16Stories Starts 25 November

    November 14, 2016

    Mercy Global Action at the United Nations and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd are pleased to announce their 2016 global campaign to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th, and ending on International Human Rights Day on December 10. …

  • ACRATH's Reflective Actions for 16 days of Activism (Australia)

    November 11, 2016

    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans), the NGO that Sisters of Mercy in Australia work with to address the issue of trafficking, has announced that it will undertake 16 Days of action and reflection against gender violence, stopping to light a candle each day with a particular intention in mind. Activities commence on the anniversary of the brutal as…

  • September Report on Mercy Addressing Trafficking in Persons in South Africa

    September 28, 2016

    ¼ Actions taken to address the issue of human trafficking: 1. The Counter Trafficking in Persons Office (CTIP) of the Southern African Catholic Bishopsü Conference facilitated a workshop that was held from 12 – 15 April. The participants included people from The Department of Social Development, the Parliamentary Liaison Office, the National Prosecuting Authority …

  • Report for September 2016 from MECPATHS (Ireland)

    September 24, 2016

    ¼ In recent months, we have had various positive developments in the MECPATHS campaign to raise awareness of child sex trafficking in Irish hotels, as well as the Sisters of Mercy's other anti-trafficking projects. Our campaign team is expanding with the increased involvement of the Kerry Stop Trafficking Group in the Southern Province, a group of lay associates joining ourSs…

  • A Report from Mercy Investment Services (MIS) Americas

    September 23, 2016

    It is the time of year that Mercy Investment Services along with our partners plan for our shareholder season. Many of the same hotel chains, trucking companies and airlines are being approached as in previous years. The one new twist this year is that we have seen mergers and acquisitions of these companies and trying to track down what happens to the work on human trafficking is not alw…

  • Report from Aotearoa New Zealand

    September 23, 2016

    ¼ An update from Aotearoa New Zealand One of our Sisters has continued to attend the Aotearoa New Zealand Religious against Trafficking (ANZRATH) group which meets regularly. They have been listening to different speakers. One of the groups they had to speak was a group called Child Labour Free. Their website is and their story is…

  • Report from ACRATH Australia for September

    September 23, 2016

    Sisters of Mercy in Australia work on the issue of human trafficking as members of ACRATH¼(Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) Over the past year ACRATH exceeded all milestones related to the AGD funding: 132 Presentations across Australia from Geraldton to Harrietville, from Wollongong to Bundaberg, as well as 5 capital ci…

  • Report on Human Trafficking and Various Projects in Newfoundland

    September 23, 2016

    Hello to everyone from Newfoundland. The past couple of months have been very busy in the area of human trafficking and various projects. 1. I attended a two-part webinar series on ?identifying and assessing human trafficking: a national tool?. It was sponsored by the Canadian Council for Refugees. This is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed…

  • Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK) Update for MGA Trafficking/Prostitution Working Group, September 2016

    September 23, 2016

    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, staf…

  • Report to MIA Working Group on Human Trafficking September 2016 (Americas)

    September 23, 2016

    I continue education and advocacy efforts within the West Midwest Community using an issue-specific e-list and communityüs internal electronic newsletter (West Midwest Messenger). There are now 275 people on my e-list, representing WMW members, ministries, other religious communities, laypersons, associates, etc. It is an inclusive list. In 2015, the Sisters of Mercy West M…

  • Angela Reed rsm Presents Progressive Framework for Human Trafficking Prevention at UN Event

    July 30, 2016

    On 13 July 13 at the UN Headquarters in New York, Angela Reed rsm was a panel representative for the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Global Action and Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH). She joined a distinguished line up of speakers reflecting upon the grave realities of human trafficking in children and youth. The panel focused on strategies for shaping a wor…

  • Institute of Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Addressing Human Trafficking

    July 25, 2016

    The Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas was formed in 1991 when communities in the US, Central and South America, the Philippines, Guam and Caribbean came together. As the Sisters moved into the 21st century the cry of the poor was heard anew in the growing reality of human trafficking and its complex networks. Each of the Communities faces this re…

  • Religious Sisters of Mercy of the Philippines Address Human trafficking

    July 23, 2016

    On 8 November 2013 the Philippines was struck by super typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and life changed for all, especially in Tacloban city both by the typhoon, and the tsunami-like surge of the giant 5.2 metre wave of water which followed. This natural disaster claimed thousands of lives, left 1.9 million people homeless and more than 6,000,000 people displaced. Prior to the super t…

  • Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland Addressing Human Trafficking

    July 15, 2016

    Since the Mercy mission from Baggot Street Convent arrived in St. Johnüs, Newfoundland, Canada in 1842, six months after Catherine Mc Auleyüs death, the needs of women and children are the focus of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland. The prevalence of Human Trafficking in Newfoundland/Labrador has increased significantly over the last few years. Individual …

  • Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy Ireland Responds to Human Trafficking

    July 15, 2016

    Working to overcome human trafficking today is a relatively new form of ministry for many sisters in the Irish Congregation, yet it is a ministry that would have been very dear to the heart of Catherine Mc Auley, our foundress. The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy Ireland has seven provinces, four in Ireland, plus the South Africa , Kenya and the Irish US province, with …

  • Sisters of Mercy Aotearoa New Zealand Respond to Needs of Trafficked Persons

    July 14, 2016

    Sisters of Mercy in New Zealand work for the dignity and empowerment of women especially those who are margainalised and at risk. Their current Chapter statement reflects the focus of the Sisters to keep hope alive in our world today, and victims of human trafficking are an identified group in need of hope. Knowledge of the impact of human trafficking on victim…