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  • Report on Human Trafficking (Newfoundland)

    May 16, 2017

    Most of my involvement in the area of human trafficking over the past months has been in the areas of prayer, awareness and education. Prayer: 1. I have shared with people The Beatitudes-A Contemporary Version Against Human Trafficking 2. I provided materials to various groups for the feast of St.Josephine Bakhita. 3. I attended celeb…

  • Report from ACRATH (Australia)

    May 16, 2017

    An update on ACRATH's activities Publication of Booklet Christine Carolan and Sr Noelene Simmons ( our newly elected President co-wrote a publication - Human Trafficking and Slavery – A response from Australian Catholics, which was published as one of the Catholic Social Justice Series of the Australian Catholic Social Justice Council. It has been widely…

  • Report from Mercy Investment Services (Americas)

    May 16, 2017

    Trafficking issues remain high on the agenda at Mercy Investment Services. Our partnership with Truckers Against Trafficking (TAT) continues as we ask more and more trucking companies to train their drivers on the issue. With more than 300,000 truck drivers in the U.S. now trained, TAT has documented more than 1,600 calls to the hotline, with more than 500 of those involving likel…

  • Report on the Activities of MECPATHS (The Congregation)

    May 15, 2017

    ¼ In January 2017, Aisling Murray joined the MECPATHS campaign as Project Officer and now works with Ruth in the office in Clondalkin three mornings a week. ¼ Aisling and Ruth have been visiting hotels in the Dublin area, and supporting the sisters of the MECPATHS team in other parts of the country. Two new Sisters have joined the campaign in the course of the last y…

  • Summary from the Justice Advocate on Human Trafficking (Americas)

    May 10, 2017

    ¼Primary goals are education, awareness building and legislative advocacy. Collaboration with: ? Sisters of Mercy engaged in human trafficking efforts and the coalition in which they participate ? An Omaha-based company designed and produced the banners six vinyl display banners produced for their use. and our brochure. …

  • A Shared Commitment to Opposing Human Trafficking

    February 6, 2017

    On 18 October 2016 the EU held its 10th Annual Anti-trafficking Day. The National Rapporteur of the Netherlands in a Statement asks this rhetorical question: “What is commitment? Commitment is an irrevocable dedication to fight for something, time and time again. It is unconditional and sustainable. And commitment needs to be heard, seen and felt?. And that is what is being asked of us at a ti…

  • Report from the Newfoundland and Labrador Coalition Against Human Trafficking

    January 29, 2017

    ?Freedom should come with no strings attached.? This is the theme our Coalition developed during the 2016 year. We have invested great energy in making posters available in places where people had the opportunity to receive information and take advantage of our services. One of our recent projects is to look at the feasibility of having our poster campaign extended to our local bus service within our capital city of St. John's. Meet…

  • Report on Trafficking in Persons – South Africa

    January 25, 2017

    The South African report on Trafficking in Persons – October 2016 – December 2016 1. On the 7th of October, the NICTIP (National Inter- Sectoral Committee for Trafficking In Persons) met on the progress made on the draft National Policy Framework on Combating of Trafficking in Persons. Mercy House was nominated by the National Department of Social Development to be on this committee, representing all the shelters. This workshop was …

  • #16 Days16 Stories Campaign Concludes

    November 22, 2016

    The 16 Days of Activism commence this Friday, 25 November 2016. The launch video for the #16Days16Stories, campaign is now available. Commencing 24 November 2016, the video stories will be uploaded, one story per day until all 16 are online. The videos are also available on These videos have b…

  • General overview of Trafficking in Ireland 2016

    November 19, 2016

    Ireland like so many other countries is a destination and source country for women, men and children subject to trafficking, including forced labour. (TIP Report 2015). Presentation by Mary Ryan rsm at RENATE 2nd European Assembly, 6-12 November 2016 Ireland too has its own history of human trafficking. It was in the year 2000 when the first trafficked pe…

  • Reminder: #16 Days16Stories Starts 25 November

    November 14, 2016

    Mercy Global Action at the United Nations and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd are pleased to announce their 2016 global campaign to mark the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-based Violence beginning on the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women on November 25th, and ending on International Human Rights Day on December 10. …

  • ACRATH's Reflective Actions for 16 days of Activism (Australia)

    November 11, 2016

    ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans), the NGO that Sisters of Mercy in Australia work with to address the issue of trafficking, has announced that it will undertake 16 Days of action and reflection against gender violence, stopping to light a candle each day with a particular intention in mind. Activities commence on the anniversary of the brutal as…

  • September Report on Mercy Addressing Trafficking in Persons in South Africa

    September 28, 2016

    ¼ Actions taken to address the issue of human trafficking: 1. The Counter Trafficking in Persons Office (CTIP) of the Southern African Catholic Bishopsü Conference facilitated a workshop that was held from 12 – 15 April. The participants included people from The Department of Social Development, the Parliamentary Liaison Office, the National Prosecuting Authority …

  • Report for September 2016 from MECPATHS (Ireland)

    September 24, 2016

    ¼ In recent months, we have had various positive developments in the MECPATHS campaign to raise awareness of child sex trafficking in Irish hotels, as well as the Sisters of Mercy's other anti-trafficking projects. Our campaign team is expanding with the increased involvement of the Kerry Stop Trafficking Group in the Southern Province, a group of lay associates joining ourSs…

  • A Report from Mercy Investment Services (MIS) Americas

    September 23, 2016

    It is the time of year that Mercy Investment Services along with our partners plan for our shareholder season. Many of the same hotel chains, trucking companies and airlines are being approached as in previous years. The one new twist this year is that we have seen mergers and acquisitions of these companies and trying to track down what happens to the work on human trafficking is not alw…

  • Report from Aotearoa New Zealand

    September 23, 2016

    ¼ An update from Aotearoa New Zealand One of our Sisters has continued to attend the Aotearoa New Zealand Religious against Trafficking (ANZRATH) group which meets regularly. They have been listening to different speakers. One of the groups they had to speak was a group called Child Labour Free. Their website is and their story is…

  • Report from ACRATH Australia for September

    September 23, 2016

    Sisters of Mercy in Australia work on the issue of human trafficking as members of ACRATH¼(Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) Over the past year ACRATH exceeded all milestones related to the AGD funding: 132 Presentations across Australia from Geraldton to Harrietville, from Wollongong to Bundaberg, as well as 5 capital ci…

  • Report on Human Trafficking and Various Projects in Newfoundland

    September 23, 2016

    Hello to everyone from Newfoundland. The past couple of months have been very busy in the area of human trafficking and various projects. 1. I attended a two-part webinar series on ?identifying and assessing human trafficking: a national tool?. It was sponsored by the Canadian Council for Refugees. This is a national non-profit umbrella organization committed…

  • Institute of Our Lady of Mercy (UK) Update for MGA Trafficking/Prostitution Working Group, September 2016

    September 23, 2016

    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 all levels in the mission i.e. governance/trusteeship, staf…

  • Report to MIA Working Group on Human Trafficking September 2016 (Americas)

    September 23, 2016

    I 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 275 people on my e-list, representing WMW members, ministries, other religious communities, laypersons, associates, etc. It is an inclusive list. In 2015, the Sisters of Mercy West M…