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  • Mercy and Compassion in Action: Opposing Human Trafficking

    February 9, 2016

    'In Mercy we touch the hearts of those who are in misery, In Mercy weüre touched by them and feel their strength and courage.' -Circle of Mercy by Jeannette Goglia rsm (Americas) 'Mercy is as simple as sharing bread, as wide as loving people into wholeness as challenging a…

  • Report from ACRATH Australia

    January 28, 2016

    Education In September 2015 a very successful Training Day was held for teachers of senior secondary schools. There were 34 participants in all,with 21 schools represented and of these 5 were boys schools. Presentations by the Director of SICU – Sex Industry Coordination Unit of Victoria Police Force, speaking about issues they face in our state, and two members of NUW – National Union of Workers speaking about slave trade in facto…

  • Mercy Investment Services

    January 20, 2016

    Itüs filing season for Mercy Investment Services so we have been writing letters, talking with companies and for the laggards and non-responders, filing shareholder resolutions. This year our focus again has been with the trucking industry. We have three new resolutions asking trucking companies to address the issue of trafficking, train their drivers and report publically on the work. We have been working closely with Truckers against…

  • Report on Efforts to counteract Human Trafficking in Kenya

    January 15, 2016

    The Kenyan situation in matters human trafficking is horrendous as the business keeps on increasing even with a good number of groups trying to counteract it in one way or the other. The Newspapers are often telling sad stories of returnees who are maimed physically and traumatized immensely by what goes as the modern slave trade. This phenomenal is both within the country as poor children and women come or are enticed into the big tow…

  • Report on Activities Regarding Human Trafficking

    January 9, 2016

    Performance of Diablo Much of my energy and ministry in the fall was focussed on hosting Spanner in the Works theatre company from Northern Ireland to come to Newfoundland to perform the play Diablo-the Spanish word meaning devil. The play focused on human trafficking in all its forms. The Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition Against Human Trafficking Inc. in collaboration with our Congregation and the Presentation Sisters hosted…

  • Report from South Africa

    January 9, 2016

    1. On 9 August 2015, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act was signed into law. Hopefully more cases of trafficking in persons will now be identified and prosecuted. A number of cases are being investigated, but the process is slow. 2. In October 2015, Sr Gabriella Bottani, smc, the coordinator of Talitha Kum – International Network of Religious Life Against Human Trafficking (UISG) - visited South Africa in ord…

  • Summary of Human Trafficking Efforts: September - December 2015

    December 30, 2015

    THe following is a summary of the efforts undertaken to address Human Trafficking between September and December 2015 1. Continuing to implement the goals of our Catholic Health Initiatives Violence Prevention Grant ($57,740) focused on human trafficking; including required conference calls. 2. Working with the Tri-State Coalition (Women religious communities) in Dubuque, Iowa to determine next steps following their very successful …

  • Human Trafficking: Breaking the Chains

    August 4, 2015

    Seeds of Mission and Ministry The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to proclaim release to the captives and to let the prisoners go free. (Luke 4:) This passage from Luke reflects the mission statement of Jesus. It is this reading, as well, that provides the focus for the realization of many of my dreams throughout my life's journey especially when I was a chaplain in a women's prison. I c…

  • Touched by the lives, the joys and suffering of these trafficked women (The Congregation)

    July 28, 2015

    As the second World Day Against Trafficking in Persons ( 30 July) approaches, my thoughts are raised once again to the all-pervasive global problem of human trafficking and to its severe implications for victims. They are the women, men, and children from every country in the world caught in the web of modern slavery. Some are trafficked for forced labour, some for forced marriage, others for organ removal, but the vast majority in Eur…

  • “Thus we go on” - Ending Sex Trafficking, Realising Catherine’s Vision in Our World Today

    July 28, 2015

    Sex trafficking is a growing problem in Ireland and around the world. ¼ The work of the Mercy community to end this dreadful trade in human beings is rooted in Catherineüs mission to protect vulnerable women and children from exploitation. Catherineüs sense of the injustices faced by women and girls is as pertinent to the Mercy mission today as it was when she first opened her house on Baggot Street. During the Young Mercy Leader…

  • Reducing Misery – Abolishing Human Trafficking

    July 28, 2015

    Human trafficking or modern-day slavery is the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, debt bondage, or slavery. Jeanne Christensen with the Mercy table at the Ignite Conference in St. Louis, March 2014 The two primary forms of human trafficking are sex trafficking in which persons are coerced to engage in commercial sex act and labor trafficking in which persons are forced to work aga…

  • Educating Students and Raising Awareness about Human Trafficking

    July 28, 2015

    Not knowing much about human trafficking, I got involved in this area as a result of an invitation from the Congregation Leadership team. The subsequent journey has been an eye-opener. Trafficking in NZ is relatively hidden and certainly not in the same scale as some parts of the world. Therefore my focus has been on education and raising awareness. The tradition of mercy invites us all to do what we can for those in need and was h…

  • Human Trafficking/Modern Slavery is Happening in my Neighbourhood - What Can I do about it?

    July 27, 2015

    The Human Trafficking (HT) or Modern Slavery (MS) workshop at the Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage was designed to be an inter-active one. Tables were arranged to accommodate five students and staff members sitting together as a group throughout the session. After a brief introduction, which included some questions and answers to ensure everyone understood the terminology of MS. Students were invited to pick up the bundle of laminated…

  • I happy! I go jail, no work.

    July 27, 2015

    These are not the words uttered by any normal young woman. No one usually prefers going to jail to going to work. Combatting Human Trafficking Campaign in Pretoria Malee* was brought to Mercy House – a shelter for victims of domestic violence and victims of human trafficking run by the Mercy Sisters in Pretoria - by officials of the Depa…

  • Mercy Investments Update

    December 8, 2014

    Report from Pat Zerega, Senior Director of Shareholder Advocacy, Mercy Investment Services, Inc. Mercy Investment Services has been busy concluding one shareholder season and preparing for the next. We are pleased that MGM grand has developed a human rights policy to include child sex trafficking. Other work this year has focused on the merger of several airlines. US Air has merged with American, United with Continental and Delta is s…

  • Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans

    November 30, 2014

    Report for Mercy Global Action by Carole McDonald rsm Victorian Convenor 15 ACRATH members were in Canberra for advocacy from 22nd - 25th Sept. In Parliament teams of three or four were formed for meetings with politicians and/or their Advisors. This included 48 Members of the House of Representatives and 17 Senators. There were also several meetings outside Parliament, including the Papal Nuncio, Australian Institute of Criminology, A…

  • MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts to Counter Child Prositution and Trafficking in the Hospitality Sector)

    November 29, 2014

    Mercy Global Action update prepared by Ruth Kilcullen - MECPATH¼ Campaign Manager ¼ The MECPATHS campaign to raise awareness of child sex trafficking in Irish hotels has made good progress in recent months. The following are key developments in the campaign since our last update: Partnership with the Irish Hotels Federation The new President of the IHF has officially lent his support to the campaign and will circulate a letter of en…

  • Brief Report / MGA re Human Trafficking work in Ireland

    November 29, 2014

    Report prepared by Mary Ryan rsm Work with Teacher Organisation. Over the Summer months when schools were closed Apt ( Act to prevent Human Trafficking) members attended & gave presentations to major gatherings of teachers One to second level teacher union ¼To National Chaplainüs Association To Religious Education Teachersü AGM Members spoke at the National Ploughing Champions where we exhibited & distributed an…

  • Update on Opposing Human Trafficking Activities Among Aotearoa New Zealand Mercies

    November 28, 2014

    Report from Anna Nicholls rsm Two of our sisters have been attending the ANZRATH meetings, they have had presentations from ECPAT and are currently exploring information around underage prostitution in South Auckland and trying to get some media coverage. I was the keynote speaker at the Australasian Mercy Secondary Schools Conference in Melbourne in October and so used my presentation (and one of the small group workshop sessions …

  • Human Trafficking ‘ Mercy and Justice shall meet.’

    July 29, 2014

    Our organisation ANZRATH (Aotearoa NZ Religious against Trafficking of Humans) began in 2013. It consists of a small group of Sisters, Brothers and Lay people. I joined it over a year ago with another Mercy Sister, Valerie Gunnion. We meet regularly and I am inspired and sustained by the enthusiasm and quiet dedication of each member. As a Mercy sister I believe that what I can contribute to the group is very much part of the wor…