Sister Mary's Justice Notes: Sept. 20

CSJ Justice Coordinator Sister Mary Flick keeps us

informed on the latest social justice news each week.

Fontbonne Offers Training in Aiding Victims, Survivors of Sex Trafficking

Fontbonne University in St. Louis will announce tomorrow a new program  that assists social works, advocates and first responders in their recovery work with victims and survivors of human sex trafficking. The new five-day program will train social service professionals in the identification, prevention and treatment of sex trafficking victims.  This pilot program is made possible through funding from the Incarnate Word Foundation. The press conference is Thursday, Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. in the East Building Welcome Center. For more information about the training, go to:

Plastic Fibers Found in Tap Water Around The World, Study Reveals

Microplastic contamination has been found in tap water in countries around the world, leading to calls from scientists for urgent research on the implications for health.  Overall, 83% of samples were contaminated with plastic fibers.  The US had the highest contamination rate, at 94%, with plastic fibers found in tap water sampled at sites including Congress buildings, the US Environmental Protection Agency's headquarters, and Trump Tower in New York. Read more.

Join the Benedictines in a Prayer for Peace in Korea and Nuclear Disarmament

Benedictine women from around the world are gathered in South Korea September 5-19 for there annual an international association of leaders of Benedictine women’s communities.

Benedictine communities in the U.S. and all people of faith are invited to join them in praying for peace in Korea and for nuclear disarmament. For a downloadable pdf of the Holy Hour prayer – and other efforts for peace, go to:

Poverty in America by the Numbers

By the official definition of poverty in America, New Mexico has the nation's highest poverty rate, 21.8 percent, while New Hampshire has the lowest, 6.6 percent. But a newer, more comprehensive measure of poverty by the U.S. Census Bureau tells a different story, with California having the highest poverty rate among the states at 20.6 percent. Read more.

Pope Calls Out Climate Deniers in Wake of Hurricane Irma, Harvey

In the wake of the devastating hurricanes Irma and Harvey, Pope Francis called out climate deniers, stressing that leaders have a "moral responsibility" to act on climate change. But "when you don't want to see, you don't see," he said. "History will judge those decisions." Read more.

Passes Bill To Combat Human Trafficking

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed a bipartisan bill to aid in the fight against human trafficking.  The Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2017, written by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and co-sponsored by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), would renew existing programs that make federal resources available to human trafficking survivors and create new prevention, prosecution, and collaboration initiatives. Read more.

Attorneys General from 15 States, DC Sue to Save DACA

Last week attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York claiming that the Trump administration's decision to end the DACA program was intended "to punish and disparage people with Mexican roots." Read more.

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