Speak up, speak out.
If there’s one thing our system of self-government in the United States is strong at, it is urging our elected leaders to listen to what their constituents are saying. So say something! Call your congressman. Call your senators. You can even call the White House. Write a handwritten letter to your leaders. This actually carries more weight than just an email. Keep it simple, if you like. Just say, “Please do something about”__________________.
“If I can say of an action ‘I did it out of love of God,’ there is something about it that will last through all eternity.”
– Saint Katharine Drexel
Faith Leaders’ Universal Declaration Against Slavery, Vatican City, Dec. 2, 2014
“In the eyes of God, each human being is a free person, whether girl, boy, woman or man, and is destined to exist for the good of all in equality and fraternity.” Modern slavery, in terms of “. . .human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, organ trafficking, and any relationship that fails to respect the fundamental conviction that all people are equal and have the same freedomand dignity is a crime against humanity.”
Faith Leaders’ Universal Declaration Against Slavery, Vatican City, Dec. 2, 2014www.straphaelacenter.org/uploads/files/trafficking_international_day_of_prayer_service.pdf
The World Health Day is celebrated annually on 7 April to mark the anniversary of the founding of the World Health Organisation. In the Sustainable Development Goals, all countries have committed to achieving universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. To meet that target, we need to see 1 billion people benefitting from UHC in the next 5 years.
Human trafficking is a public health concern that affects individuals, families and entire communities across generations, according to the Administration for Children and Families, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The federal sex trafficking and labor trafficking “severe forms of trafficking in persons,” defined as follows:
- Sex trafficking: A commercial sex act induced by force, fraud or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such an act has not attained 18 years of age.
- Labor trafficking: The recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage or slavery.
Social Justice Committee: Joyce Hadley, ASBS Chairperson; Sr. Jean Olmstead, SBS Leadership; Hilda Wltz, ASBS; Rosalind Pijeaux Hale, ASBS ; Madeline Tymes; Ernest Tymes; Sr. Geraldine Mikulec, SBS; Sr. Patricia Rogan,SBS; Sr. Margaret Sullivan, SBS; Sr. Patricia Downs, SBS