Sisters actively work, through legislation and action, to increase awareness of human trafficking and support victims in escaping and restarting their lives. The Sisters also take part in larger, nationwide actions such as the annual demonstration at the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, GA, to help promote peace and reduce violence in Central and South American nations.
On one Sunday each month, you will find Sisters of Providence united with others in a prayer vigil in downtown Seattle to raise awareness about the problem of human trafficking. Once a year, you will find us engaged in peaceful, nonviolent protest of the School of the Americas in Fort Benning, Ga.
At other times we are at immigration rallies, corresponding and visiting with legislators to discuss vital issues, and taking a stand in corporate boardrooms.
Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation
As part of Sisters of Providence International, Mother Joseph Province is involved in the Center for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (CJPIC). It was created in 2005 in Montreal to provide information and support for the sisters and their ministries on global social, environmental and political issues.
Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center
In addition, Sisters of Providence, Mother Joseph Province, is one of seven religious communities that co-sponsor the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center.
Founded in 1991, the center is a nonprofit organization that networks with a broad range of community and religious groups. IPJC “acts for justice in the church and in the world.”
IPJC’s website includes resources for action on various topics, from awareness to involvement to leadership. Under IPJC’s umbrella is the Northwest Coalition for Responsible Investment (NWCRI), founded in 1994, which welcomes membership of any faith-based institution, religious community or its related organizations located in the Pacific Northwest.
IPJC is “a regional collaborative organization of faith-based institutions committed to using their power as investors to shape a more just world. Members use their rights as shareholders to dialogue with companies about corporate policies and practices in order to promote peace, and economic and environmental justice.”
For more on the Sisters of Providence involvement in environmental issues, and specifically water as a justice issue, visit Reclaiming Earth.
Ending the Death Penalty
IPJC’s website resources include a continuum of action to push for an end to the death penalty. The continuum begins with strategies for awareness, then for involvement, and finally for leadership on the issue.
The Catholic Mobilizing Network is a national organization that mobilizes Catholics and all people of goodwill to value life over death, to end the use of the death penalty, to transform the U.S. criminal justice system from punitive to restorative, and to build capacity in U.S. society to engage in restorative practices.
Social Justice Resources
- Thank You for Making a DifferenceYour donation to the Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund supports the ministries of Sisters of Providence in Alaska, Washington, Montana, California, El Salvador and the Philippines. In addition, the fund supports non-profit organizations in those regions and elsewhere that advance the cause of women and children, justice, charity and advocacy. Here are just a few of…
- Project Genesis: Restoring Dignity, Giving HopeTucked away in a non-descript store front, without sign or adornment, is a haven offering hope for a new life to young women and girls trying to escape commercial sexual exploitation (CSE), prostitution, and sex trafficking. Project Genesis provides “needed services to survivors of CSE and sex trafficking in a three-phase approach including immediate shelter,…
- Sisters in Yakima Cherish Close Ties with La Casa HogarEach room sports brightly colored walls. Monarch butterfly art – a symbol of growing and learning – is scattered throughout the home. The new pre-school building has play areas designed to nurture a child’s imagination. This is the home of La Casa Hogar, a bustling presence in the farming community of Yakima, Wash., whose mission…
- Salvadoran Scholarship Program ExpandsThe Sisters of Providence expand a scholarship program for Salvadoran students with a soon to be opened second facility.