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Q & A with Sr. Angela Reed, seeking to address the root causes of human trafficking

June 27, 2018

'Australian Mercy Sr. Angela Reed represents Mercy International Association / Mercy Global Action at the United Nations. As Mercy International Association's global action coordinator, Reed oversees her congregation's advocacy work at the global body, with a particular focus on the trafficking of women and girls.

[Sr] Reed holds a doctorate from RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, where her research focused on trafficking and the experiences of Filipina women trafficked for sexual exploitation. Reed is a sought-after speaker on the issue, speaking in late 2016 at the University of Notre Dame, for example, and at a March 13 event sponsored by the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See during the U.N.'s Commission on the Status of Women.

While Reed says demand stemming from human trafficking must be addressed, she is a passionate believer that supply cannot be ignored.

"We need to challenge the dominant narrative [of] ... human trafficking as a random act of victimization to a more systematic process of cumulative marginalization leading to victimization," Reed said at the March 13 U.N. forum...'

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Source: Global Sisters Report