This Holy Week you may like to meditate on the Stations of the Cross which were prepared for the RE Congress in Los Angeles in February 2016.
Anti Human Trafficking
In California Sr Kathleen Bryant recently wrote an article for Global Sisters Report to mark the International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking. Click on the following title to read Sr Kathleen’s article - Resilience in women survivors. Click on the 'Continue Reading' link below to to see a YouTube video that shares the wisdom from women who survived human trafficking and are now thriving. What can they teach us about hope and the sources of resilience.
The inter-Congregational campaigning and awareness raising group, TRAC, to which Sr Pat Kenny and Sr Patricia Byrne belong on behalf of the English/Scottish Province, has produced cards for distribution in the UK. They aim to highlight that human trafficking happens in the UK and to enable people to be aware and to take action.
Discussions on human trafficking, which can be described as trade in human beings, make a distinction between cross-border and internal trafficking. As the name suggests, cross-border trafficking happens when a victim is transported to another country and exploited there while internal trafficking occurs within that country’s borders. In some countries, cross-border trafficking is more widespread while in others, internal trafficking is.
Recently Sisters of Charity joined families, high school students and human trafficking survivors as they marched in protest of labor and sex trafficking. About 500 activists held signs and chanted as they walked through Koreatown, a Los Angeles neighborhood known for cases of human trafficking. See the Press Report HERE.
On the 5th Of February, 2016, Sr. Helen Eluagu and her team gave a talk to the College students of Notre Dame College in Ozoro aged between 10-16 years of age. Here she reports on the outcomes from the meeting:
Human Trafficking is a big issue, though more awareness is being raised, there is still a lot to be done especially in the rural areas where the traffickers take advantage of the poverty of the people. Some of the young people have heard about human trafficking but had no idea how the traffickers operate.
Early this year, on 6th March, the Sisters in the Irish Province were invited to attend a morning of reflection on the theme of combating human trafficking as a Gospel imperative. Dr Suzanne Mulligan of the Pontifical University, Maynooth gave two talks and Sr Una O’Neill RSC responded to the talks.
Trafficking for forced labour in the form of coercive and deceptive recruitment is a serious problem throughout the world:
Forced Labour and trafficking in persons involves movement of persons for the purpose of performing labour, most probably to engage in illicit activities or employment to be carried out under working conditions that are below the statutory standards.
U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery. Check out their website HERE.