Justice & Peace

Issue: Human Trafficking 

SSJ Public Statement on Human Trafficking

We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, whose mission is one of unity and reconciliation, corporately proclaim our opposition to Human Trafficking in all its forms, which demeans human beings and keeps them from achieving their potential.

We commit ourselves to:

  • Continue to educate ourselves about this issue
  • Raise public awareness of the enormity of the problem
  • Collaborate with others in addressing the root causes
  • Work with and support those who advocate and minister directly to its victims.

Human Trafficking Coalition

In December of 2012 the Sisters of St. Joseph voted to commit themselves to working for an end to human trafficking. As a major component of that commitment representatives from a number of faith based groups and human service agencies were convened by Sister Phyllis Tierney, Coordinator of the Congregations’s work for Justice and Peace. A group met at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse on April 4. The group’s focus will be to share the expertise and resources available in our community, to support one another, and to expand our outreach through community education and action. Membership is open to organizations and individuals. Rabbi Amy Sapowith has agreed to chair the Coalition.

For More Information

  • Presentation from the Religious NGO at the UN
  • Polaris Project
  • Human Rights Watch
  • NYS Office of Children & Family Services
  • Bakhita Initiative
  • Sistersonline
  • Check out the Strategic Action Plan to Combat Human Trafficking by the Federal Government. Click here.