Against Trafficking of Women and Children
Corporate Stance Against Trafficking of Women and Children
In the twenty-first century, slavery and bondage still affect the lives of millions of people, but we see the greatest challenge in the trafficking of women and children. Victims of human trafficking exist world wide and are subjected to force, fraud or coercion, for the purposes of sexual exploitation or abusive labor. Their sense of self is destroyed and terror becomes their way of life. The United States has one of the largest demands for this criminal activity. Therefore:
We, the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael, in keeping with our position of nonviolence and respecting the inherent dignity of each person, stand in support of human rights by explicitly opposing the trafficking of women and children for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labor.
- We will educate ourselves and others regarding the magnitude, causes, and consequences of this abuse wherever we serve.
- Through our justice efforts, alone and in collaboration with other religious congregations, advocacy groups, and nongovernmental organizations, we will speak out for the truth in order to heal and support victims of this injustice and promote life through systemic change for justice.
- We will advocate for policies and programs that address the prevention of trafficking and provide alternatives to women and children in danger of being trafficked.
– Adopted November 2005
Along with the the Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, as well as many other women’s religious congregations, we co-sponsor the monthly Stop Trafficking newsletter produced by the Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorian Sisters). This newsletter is particularly effective as it publishes the most updated educational, advocacy, and action pieces related to trafficking. Check out this Newsletter on stopping Human Trafficking at stopenslavement.org