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Elimination of Trafficking of Human Persons

IBVM Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking

At the IBVM General Congregation held in September 2014 at Loyola, Spain, the following statement was adopted:

As members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an international and multicultural congregation of women religious, we pledge to work for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and its causes, particularly among women and children, wherever we live and minister.

CJ Call on Justice and Peace

At the CJ General Congregation held in 2011, the following call was adopted:

We call for a strengthening of our commitment to justice as an integral part of being disciples of Jesus and of sharing Mary Ward’s Just Soul vision. Being poor with Jesus commits us both to fighting poverty and injustice and to sharing his poverty alongside the poor. Women and children are always poverty’s primary victims and our historical commitment to their care urges us to seek new ways to respond to modern forms of oppression, such as human trafficking. We encourage all sisters to engage structurally at local, international and NGO level for networking, sharing resources and concrete actions.

Read our full statement here.