Stop Trafficking Newsletter

The July issue of the Stop Trafficking Newsletter, co-sponsored by the Felician Sisters of North America, may be accessed by clicking here.   This issue focuses on the recently issued Trafficking in Persons report.

The Catholic Church’s Response to Racism

In late 2018, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops released a new pastoral letter on racism called “Open Wide Our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love.”  The process of writing the letter also identified some of the shortcomings in the leadership of the U.S. Catholic Church when it comes to dealing with race. The Bishops rejected an amendment to the letter that would condemn the display of the Confederate flag as a symbol of hate because some view it “as a sign of heritage.” This process – and that particular vote – highlighted the reality that the Bishops placed the comfort and “heritage” of white, southern Catholics over the comfort and safety of Black Catholics – and Black Americans everywhere.

–Recommit to Racial Justice

Lights for Liberty”– Vigil to End Detention Camps

On Friday July 12th, 2019, Lights for Liberty: A Vigil to End Human Detention Camps, will bring thousands of Americans to detention camps across the country, into the streets, and into their own front yards, to protest the inhumane conditions faced by migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

Beginning at 7 p.m. on July 12th, advocates, activists’ and impacted persons will speak on the issue of human detention camps in the United States. At 9 p.m., around the country and around the world, participants will light candles in a silent vigil for all those held in US detention camps to bring light to the darkness of the administration’s horrific policies.

Lights for Liberty is a coalition of people dedicated to human rights, and the fundamental principle that all human beings have a right to life, liberty and dignity. They are partnering with international, national, regional, and local communities and organizations who believe that these fundamental rights are not negotiable.

Key events are planned in El Paso, Texas, where migrants are being forced to wait outdoors with no running water for months at a time; in Homestead, FL, at a migrant child detention facility; in San Diego, near the point of entry site from Tijuana; in New York City at Foley Square, where hundreds of migrants are processed each day; and in Washington, DC in Lafayette Park, to demand action from Congress to end the injustice. Legislators, activists, organizers, and members of impacted communities will speak prior to the candlelight vigil. Find local events by clicking here.