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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.

International Dominican Justice Promoter Speaks of Efforts to Stop Human Trafficking


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June 17, 2019, Adrian, Michigan – Why do we need a national health program for all people? That is the question that Johnathon Ross, MD, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Toledo, College of Medicine, explores from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Monday, June 24, 2019, at Weber Retreat and Conference Center.

Dr. Ross speaks about what he calls the disease of our current health care system and how the massive administrative savings, bargaining power, and increased efficiency of a single-payer system can save money and provide comprehensive care without co-pays, large deductibles, or hidden costs.

A graduate of Cornell University and the Medical College of Ohio at Toledo, Dr. Ross served as a family physician in a small rural community in upstate New York as a member of the National Health Service Corps. He also practiced and taught general internal medicine for 38 years at Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center in Toledo, where he chaired the Department of Internal Medicine and served on the executive committee of its medical staff. 

Dr. Ross served on the Ohio State Medical Board, helping to establish the educational requirements and scope of licensed physician assistants in Ohio, and is on the Board of Physicians for a National Health Program.

Dr. Ross’s presentation is free and open to the public. Weber Center is on the campus of the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse, 1257 E. Siena Heights Drive, Adrian. Enter the Eastern-most driveway of the complex and follow the signs to Weber Center. 


 

 

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