Mission San Jose Dominicans Speak Out Against Human Trafffcking
MISSION SAN JOSE, CA July 10, 2006 -- The Dominican Sisters of Mission
San Jose, with members in the United States, Germany, and Mexico,
have officially issued a stance against human trafficking. The Sisters
have united with over 800 women's religious orders representing one
million members throughout the world who have pledged to work for
the eradication of the growing epidemic of international trafficking
of women, children, and men.
Through a process of study, reflection
and discussion, the Sisters adopted their stance with the knowledge
that 800,000 to a million women and children are trafficked across
international borders each year. According to the U.S. State Department,
as many as 15-20,000 women are trafficked annually into the United
States. During this last month news sources reported that thousands
of women and girls had been taken to Germany and trafficked to provide
commercial sex services for FIFA World Cup soccer fans.
In California, members of the MSJ Dominican congregation joined
with other religious orders to support legislation by Assembly member
Sally Lieber (AB 22), The California Trafficking Victims Protection
Act, and Senator Sheila Kuehl, (SB 180) establishing the California
Alliance to Combat Trafficking and Slavery Task Force. These bills
were signed into legislation by Governor Schwarzenegger. The legislators
acknowledged the contribution to the effort made by women religious.
The Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose plan to continue to advocate
for policies and programs that address trafficking, both its causes
and possible solutions, through governmental and non-governmental
agencies. The MSJ Dominicans and other women religious oppose the
CAFTA Agreement, seeing its negative effects on the poor people
of Central American countries.
For more information, contact Stella Goodpasture, OP, 510-261-2349.
|Human trafficking is
modern-day slavery. The third largest and fastest growing criminal
industry in the world, trafficking is one of the most urgent human
rights issues today.
THE MSJ STATEMENT