On March 28, 2015 over 40 Religious and Associates gathered at Presentation Center in Los Gatos for another event highlighting the Year of Consecrated Life, sponsored by the Dioceses of San Jose and Monterey. Carissa Phelps shared her experience as a survivor of Human Trafficking. Attendees felt inspired and desirous of taking some action.
Corporate Stance of Religious institutes on Human Trafficking
As we, The Sisters of the Holy Family observe the Day for the Abolition of Slavery we are reminded of our focus to address human trafficking and the many ways we have raised awareness and funds. During the last fiscal year we raised $14,000 which was matched by the community. We were able to give $28,000 in grants to agencies working with victims/survivors of human trafficking. In line with our charism we considered unmet or under-served needs and prevention:
We the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas,
denounce all forms of human trafficking within the United States and the international community.
Having listened deeply to the God who speaks in each of us,
• we commit the gift of ourselves to educate about the root causes, consequences and magnitude of human slavery in our world today.
• we will advocate for policies and programs that address the prevention of the trafficking of children, women and men.
• we will minister to survivors freed from any form of modern day slavery.
• we will use our influence as consumers and investors to promote a just society that eliminates the incentives for human trafficking and modern day slavery.
• we will collaborate with others who are also engaged in the struggle of combating trafficking, and share our gifts of prayer, resources, advocacy and education with them.
That the Sisters of Charity, BVM, in accordance with our mission and core values of freedom, education, charity and justice, oppose the trafficking of human per- sons for any purpose whatsoever.
We stand in solidarity with all who work to eliminate this tragic evil. We pledge ourselves as a congregation to these actions:
Through prayer and study, we will educate ourselves and others regarding the magnitude, causes and consequences of human trafficking.
Through collaboration with others, we will work for changes in society on both the state and federal level by supporting anti-trafficking legislation that protects the rights of all human beings and helps to provide resources for their healing as survivors of trafficking.
We will participate in highlighting issues related to trafficking and all forms of sexual and labor exploitation, especially prior to political, cultural and athletic events. (2014)
We the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur of the California Province corporately stand in support of human rights and the dignity of each person. We, therefore, oppose the trafficking of all persons especially women and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.