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  • 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…

  • Addressing the Issue of Human Trafficking in Australia and Papua New Guinea

    July 10, 2016

    For the past nine years¼ Mercy Sisters in Australia have been active members of the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH).¼ ACRATH is an Australia-wide network of religious Sisters, priests and brothers from a number of¼ Congregations¼ and Institutes and their co-workers, who collaborate to address the challenges related to eradicating human trafficking. ACRA…

  • Sisters of Mercy of Great Britain Address Human Trafficking

    July 1, 2016

    It is only in recent years that the general public is becoming aware of human trafficking. The reality is that for many years human trafficking has been a growing industry in Great Britain for unscrupulous men and women willing to buy and sell people into slavery. Sisters of Mercy in the UK are¼ ?good newsü for many trafficked victims and survivors in many different ways. The …

  • Presentations on Human Trafficking by Mercy Global Action at the UN

    June 20, 2016

    ¼ Members of Mercy Global Action at the United Nations in New York have given a number of presentations on Human Trafficking this year Sisters of Mercy Deliver a Strong Message on Human Trafficking to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva On 15 June, 2016, at the 32nd Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Angela Reed RSM delivered a joint statement by…

  • 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…