Upcoming activities/advocacy include:
•Slavery Here and Now: Focus on Harlem All Saints and St Aloysius Churches will host an evening meeting regarding Human Trafficking titled: “Slavery Here and Now!”
From a faith perspective, we will provide information about Human Trafficking in Harlem area and action steps for local citizens to confront it.
Thursday October 23, 2014 6:30-9:00 pm at St Aloysius Church, NYC St Aloysius 219 W 132nd Street NYC
• In collaboration with St. Ignatius Loyola parish in Manhattan, Peace and Justice is currently planning a forum for the evening of February 5, 2015 featuring Franciscan David Couturier, OFM. Cap.. The forum will be held in St Ignatius Loyola’s Wallace Hall and will focus on Labor Slavery and Consumerism with tie ins to morality, in general, and Ignatian spirituality in particular. More information to follow.
To read “Franciscans as Consumers: Ethical Responsibilities”, by David Couturier, click HERE.
Other related reading:
• Handcrafting Justice Holiday Sale – December/6-7, 2014. HandCrafting Justice provides access to Fair Trade markets for unique, handmade goods created by enterprising women in the developing world working to lift themselves and their families out of poverty. By fostering self-reliance, ensuring fair wages, and building support networks, the organization offers far more than Fair Trade: HandCrafting Justice promotes human dignity by empowering women to overcome social and economic injustice.
• Members of Peace and Justice are invited to attend the September 2014 meeting of The Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition to observe their work and to see whether Saint Francis Xavier can either directly or indirectly support their efforts. The Anti-Human Trafficking Coalition is a group comprised of interested social service and advocacy groups that have joined together to network to maximize their resources and experiences. Covenant House and Restore – a group that provides a limited number of women with shelter – are two of the participating groups. One of the important functions the coalition performs is lobbying for changes in NY law and better implementation of existing laws for the benefit of trafficked individuals. The Sanctuary for Families coordinates the coalition. In addition to teens, Asian women in their 50s are an at risk population.
• Ongoing support of the efforts of Lifeway Network. LifeWay Network is one of only two organizations in the New York Metro area providing safe housing for women survivors of human trafficking. What sets LifeWay’s Safe Housing Program apart is its community living model. It goes beyond offering shelter by welcoming each woman into a supportive, caring environment that helps them recover from their trauma, regain their sense of self-worth, and enables them to move from isolation towards reclaiming their independence. – See more at:
• Information and Training sessions will be offered intermittently throughout the year.