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Human Trafficking – Modern Day Slavery

Kelly Litt
Blog by Justice Promoter Kelly Litt

Nelson Mandela once said, “To deny any person their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.” The act of human trafficking denies the rights and dignity of each victim. January 11 is the National Human Trafficking Awareness Day and January 13 – 15 is the National Weekend of Prayer to End Slavery. Pope Francis has reminded the world that millions of people are still deprived of their freedoms and rights as they are forced to live in modern day slavery. Continue reading →

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Dominican Sisters of Peace Help SOAP UP the RNC

SOAPAs Cleveland, Ohio prepares to welcome thousands of attendees to the Republican National Convention (RNC), the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in collaboration with the Cleveland Collaborative against Human Trafficking, actively supported efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and rescue victims of human trafficking during the Second S.O.A.P Up the R.N.C.

The event, led by S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), hosted an informative seminar regarding sex trafficking and the heart breaking testimony of sex trafficking survivor and S.O.A.P.’s founder Teresa Flores.

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Get Involved to Stop Human Trafficking

(Sr. Rene Weeks, OP, is a Dominican Sister of Peace in Columbus, OH.)

For two hours on Saturday morning, May 21, I listened to an undercover officer with the Columbus, OH, Police Department speak to a group of parents and teens gathered at the Martin de Porres Center about the crime of human trafficking, which he defined as the exploitation of vulnerable victims for money and profit.

His message to the teen girls was clear and graphic. “If someone approaches you and tells you how pretty you are, how lovely your hair looks, how you could have a great career as a model or a singer and how he or she could facilitate this for you, run! Tell your mom and dad at once.  If someone is offering you a job that will make you lots of money and you are only 15 or 16, it won’t be a healthy job and it won’t be legal!”

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Everyday Heroes

Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP
Blog by Sr. Judy Morris, OP

Earlier this week when I drove to work, I heard a story on NPR about truckers who were working to raise awareness of human trafficking and how to save trafficking victims. This good news story does not come as a surprise to me since I was aware of Truckers Against Trafficking, an organization founded in 2009 to educate truckers about the critical issue of human trafficking and challenge them to act to save lives through their awareness and willingness to act when observing suspicious behavior.

Every day we see truckers around the country delivering mail and transporting everything from the mundane to the exotic. This effort of TAT is a lifesaving effort that has already paid off many times over. Truckers are the eyes and ears of the nation’s highways and are uniquely qualified to help law enforcement confront the problem of sexual exploitation. Continue reading →

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Slavery Still Exists: Human Trafficking in Ohio

Marie-Covington
Blog by Associate Marie Covington, OPA

This seminar title caught my eye in Early December. As a Dominican Associate, I knew that in 2013, the congregation had pledged: “We, the Dominican Sisters of Peace, proclaim our mission to be a prophetic voice in solidarity with the poor, the marginalized, and the oppressed. We, along with our Dominican Associates, commit our support to efforts to end human trafficking.” Continue reading →

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