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  • 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…

  • Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK) Summary Update

    June 23, 2014

    Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK) Summary Update for MGA Working Group on Trafficking and Prostitution 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…

  • Mercy Investment Services Update

    June 23, 2014

    This year Mercy Investment Services filed resolutions on trafficking with four companies. Three were trucking firms; Con-Way Inc., J.B. Hunt Transportation Services, Landstar System, and one new hotel system MGM Resorts International. All four were successfully withdrawn when the companies agreed to develop a human rights policy to reflect the trafficking issue, to have training available for staff and to publicize the issue internally…

  • Brief Report Mercy Global Action—Trafficking Ireland, June 2014

    June 23, 2014

    Act to Prevent Trafficking (APT) comprising women & men religious from 27 congregations continues to carry out its main objectives ? Raise awareness ? Advocacy for change in present legislation ? Networking with Religious in Europe (RENATE) ? Networking with missionaries & returned missionaries in & from Africa 1. APT is pleased to say that the Irish Hierarchy are now committed to take up the issue of Trafficking and have reque…

  • Mercy House South Africa - a Shelter for Victims of Human Trafficking

    June 22, 2014

    In 1998 our congregation, the Sisters of Mercy, saw the need to offer special assistance to victims of domestic violence in South Africa, and so in 2000 we opened a shelter for these traumatized women. This transitional home is a place of safety for women in distress. Here they receive basic comforts and professional care according to their needs. We offer individual counselling as well as skills training so that the women can regain…

  • Sisters of Mercy of the Americas West Midwest Community – Justice Advocate - Human Trafficking

    June 22, 2014

    UPDATE May 2014 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 208 people on my e-list, representing WMW members, ministries, other religious communities, laypersons, associates, etc. It is an inclusive list! The spring issue of Living Mercy (sent to WMW donors, friends, family, associates,…

  • Anti Trafficking Australia – ACRATH Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans

    June 20, 2014

    The Australian Sisters of Mercy work with ACRATH. At our National Executive Meeting in February,¼ Anne Tormey rsm (South Australia) was elected as National President of ACRATH and¼ Carmel Heagerty rsm (Victoria) was elected National Secretary. I was re-elected as Regional Coordinator (Victoria) ACRATH. Other positions are held by Religious of other Congregations. Thursday and Friday 29th and 30th May, the National Executive members …

  • Brief Report on MECPATH Campaign, June 2014.

    June 19, 2014

    The MECPATH Team came together at the end of May to look back on all that we have achieved, and think ahead about how to best move forward to achieve our goals. Reports from the Team reflect that it has been a busy period and progress made to date has been deeply encouraging. We have reached out to over 100 hotels across Ireland and the response from our colleagues in the hospitality sector has been fantastic. The passion that all of u…

  • Short Report from Aotearoa New Zealand

    June 18, 2014

    Things are still simmering away for the musical we are hoping to do but we are aiming for it to be done by the end of the year and performed at the start of next year. We also pushed fair trade chocolate for Easter through the Congregational newsletter and our Facebook page. My google site continues to be used and more schools are picking up trafficking as an issue for studying in Year 12 Religious studies. Anna Nicholls rsm…

  • The UN Gift Box at New York City’s Union Square: Raising Awareness to Stop Human Trafficking

    February 4, 2014

    The UN Gift box, spearheaded by the UN NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons (of which MIA at the UN is a member) ended its first US-based advocacy campaign 2 February in New York City. The Gift Box For two weeks, as visitors flocked to the City in the days prior to the Super Bowl, a larger than life Gift Box was displayed in lower Manhattan t…

  • Anne's Story from Newfoundland

    September 23, 2012

    When Mary Purcell asked me to share a story of one of the women I had journeyed with over the past number of years, I immediately thought of Anne. Hers is an agonizing story of hurts, hunger, homelessness but also one of healing and strength. Through this writing I share something of my journey with Anne from her brokenness and bondage to freedom and dignity. “Sister Margie, a womanüs got to do what a womanüs got to do.? …

  • Ana’s Story from the Philippines

    September 23, 2012

    ?Anna,? who has asked that her identity be disguised, was trafficked to Malaysia from her home in the Philippines .Promised a job as a waitress, she arrived to find her traffickers had something very different in mind. Anna: My manager told us we will work as a prostitute ‘ I go there, I'm still virgin. I tell my friend I don't want this work because I cannot give myself to anybody ... My boss tell me I sign contract, I cannot go back…

  • Australian Mercies Speak for the Rights of Trafficked People (Sisters of Mercy in Australia &PNG)

    September 22, 2012

    ¼Sisters of Mercy in Australia are active in ACRATH, the Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans endorsed by Catholic Religious Australia – the peak body for 180 religious orders in Australia, representing 8000 religious sisters, brothers and priests. ACRATH is committed to working together towards the elimination of human trafficking in Australia, in Asia, the Pacific and Internationally. Australia is a country…

  • Newfoundland and Labrador initiatives on Human Trafficking

    September 18, 2012

    The Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland, together with other religious congregations, NGO and police force members are part of the Newfoundland and Labrador Human Trafficking Committee. The aim of the committee is to end Human Trafficking through public awareness, services to trafficked persons, advocacy, and resources and training support to law enforcement. Their objectives are to:- 1) Ensure a coordinated effort…

  • Trafficking E-Focus Group – Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, USA

    August 25, 2012

    ¼ ?At the June 2012 Gathering of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, I spoke with several sisters about trafficking as an issue of particular interest to them and/or in which they are involved in some way, ? writes¼Jeanne Christensen rsm. ?The West Midwest Community covers a huge geographical area; for those familiar with the United States, our community spans from Michigan to California. This makes it impossible to hold fac…

  • Anti-Human Trafficking Report from the Irish Congregation of the Sisters of Mercy

    August 25, 2012

    Did you know that more people – children, women and men – have been trafficked, bought and sold, in the past decade than in the 400 years of the Slave Trade? This shocking truth is so contrary to our ?Gospel/Mercy values of human dignity, justice, compassion, service and the alleviation of extreme poverty...ü* that it is no surprise that Mercy International Association have chosen to address the issue. *Congregational Policy for P…

  • Trafficking is an issue which engages the Sisters of Mercy in Argentina

    October 10, 2011

    ¼One example of trafficking into the country is the story of a young Aymara woman, Aida, who was brought by the police to the Sisters of Mercy refuge for women in Moreno, Buenos Aires, Argentina. Aida comes from a remote and very poor village in Bolivia. She responded to an offer by relatives in Buenos Aires to come and work for them. She left her village (much against her mother's intuitions) and crossed the border without documents. …

  • Justice Project in Kansas City

    October 10, 2011

    The Sisters of Mercy, West Midwest Community, are the primary funders of the Justice Project in Kansas City, a project which works with women who have been trafficked within the United States. A number of Mercy Sisters volunteer at the project, including Sister Donna Ryan, chair of the board. The term human trafficking usually conjures up images of women brought to the United States from impoverished nations and forced into prostit…