Education and the Super Bowl

Education and the Super Bowl

judylugroupThe Dominican Sisters of San Rafael recently celebrated their foundation in California 165 years ago. Sister Mary Goemaere, a Belgian Dominican nun, was invited by the newly appointed Bishop Joseph Alemany to accompany him to the west. She was recruited specifically as an educator. While she began a school for young girls, the Dominican Sisters continue their legacy of providing education in new ways and to more diverse groups.

In the months preceding Super Bowl 50, the Promoters of Justice for both the San Rafael and the Mission San Jose Dominican Sisters, have gone on the road to educate local citizens about the connections between large sporting events and the increase of human trafficking. Sister Judy Lu McDonnell and Lyn Kirkconnell have met with numerous Church groups, high school students and university students to give them the facts about human trafficking and to train them to canvass hotels. What should you look for?  Who should be called when a suspicious incident is observed? How does a victim contact someone for help?judylu1

The result?

  • Workshops offered at 25 locations
  • Over 95 trained volunteers have canvassed over 300 hotels in
    • Oakland
    • San Leandro
    • Hayward
    • Union City
    • Fremont
    • Castro Valley
    • San Francisco
    • Burlingame
    • Menlo Park
    • Redwood City
    • Los Gatos
    • Campbell
    • Saratoga

We sincerely hope that these efforts will result in preventing or helping victims who find themselves ensnared in this modern day form of slavery. Sister Mary Goemaere would be proud!