June 27, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Cecilia Espenilla, OP, International Justice Promoter from Dominican Sisters International (DSI), spoke to Adrian Dominican Sisters at the Motherhouse in early June about her work with the Dominican Order throughout the world. She spoke of her collaboration with Justice Promoters from the continents of Africa, Asia Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and North America to bring about the vision of justice and peace called for in the Gospel.
Specifically, Sister Cecilia spoke of the efforts of the DSI, the regional Justice Promoters, and Dominicans throughout the world, to end human trafficking and bring healing to the victims.
“We’re trying to strengthen this international network” to address the global human trafficking problem, she said. The victims – the majority women and girls – come from throughout the world, but are more likely to be from families suffering from poverty and violence, and are often deceived by human traffickers in their efforts to find employment. Victims come from all areas of the world and can be sent any other area of the world.
The purpose of human trafficking “is always exploitation” for the gain of the traffickers, Sister Cecilia said. “In 2009, the human trafficking industry generated $32 billion” in areas such as sex trafficking and forced labor in construction, mining, manufacturing, agriculture, and domestic servitude. Human trafficking, she said, is less risky for the traffickers than other illegal activities – such as trafficking drugs and arms – because of the difficulties in persecution and the availability of people to exploit.
Watch a video of Sister Cecilia’s presentation below.
June 1, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Sister Tarianne DeYonker, OP, writing as a panelist of women religious for the National Catholic Reporter’s Global Sisters Report, notes the ways in which three Adrian Dominican Sisters minister through the civil law system. She describes the work of Sister Dorothy Dempsey, OP, as a court watcher for immigrants in Chicago; Sister Marilyn Winter, OP, and her collaborative work in combatting human trafficking; and Sister Marian Castelluccio, OP, in her ministry in restorative justice through the Mental Health Division of Catholic Charities of the East Bay, Diocese of Oakland, California. Read the article here. Scroll halfway down to read Sister Tarianne’s contribution.