Action for Justice

Our Journey Toward Justice

 

Elimination of Violence Against Women and Children

Nearly three decades after the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, considered to be the blueprint for advancing women’s rights, gender disparities are still prevalent. Moreover, they are deepening as a result of the spread of COVID-19. For example, according to a recent UN Policy Brief, violence against women has increased by 25% in many places around world due to the pandemic and women are all too often bearing the brunt of the emotional and financial fallout. 

Violence against children is also a serious concern. Globally, it is estimated that up to 1 billion children aged 2-17 years, have experienced physical, sexual, or emotional violence or neglect in the past year. Violence occurs in many settings, including the home, school, community and over the internet.

We invite you to join us on our journey toward justice. 

Please choose to journey with us as we commit to see with new eyes what is happening in our world, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and to act.

Mental Health and Violence Against Women

This month we begin a series of three presentations on how mental illness and violence intersect, particularly in the lives of women. We invite you to continue to be faithful in your response to these opportunities.

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Reflect:

Please call to mind anyone you’ve known or encountered, or possibly yourself, who has/had a mental illness. These illnesses cover a multitude of diagnoses (depression, eating disorders, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia, substance abuse, etc.). Reflect on your response to those people and/or encounters.

Act now:

Share your reflection with someone. Talk about the impacts on your life and on the life of the person you called to mind. Was there any level of violence that this person encountered that may have been at least partially a result of the mental illness?

Please choose to journey with us as we commit to see with new eyes what is happening in our world, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and to act.

Title 42 Challenges for Families Seeking Safety

On August 2, 2021, the Biden administration extended a Trump-era policy that allows migrants to be expelled back to their home countries to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in holding facilities. Known as Title 42, this ruling denies migrants their legal right to seek asylum. Our justice action this month offers education on Title 42’s challenges for families seeking safety in the United States.

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In March 2020, the Trump Administration banned anyone from entering the U.S. to seek asylum. This legal maneuver is called Title 42. Learn about Title 42 by watching this short news report.

Reflect:

The U.S. finally allowed Esmeralda to enter to formally seek asylum after she waited more than 500 days on the Mexico border. She’s safe in the U.S. with her four children now, preparing for their court hearing, says the Kino Border Initiative.

“My family is very good now, thanks be to God, but I can’t help but think about all of the people who are still waiting,” she said recently.

While waiting to apply for asylum, Esmeralda became a powerful advocate in the #SaveAsylum movement. She still wants to pressure the Biden Administration to completely end the use of Title 42. “My mission hasn’t ended,” she said.

How do I follow Esmeralda’s example of determination and care for others?

Act now:

Protect women and children in migration by asking President Biden to end use of Title 42 on the Ignatian Solidarity Network website.

Please choose to journey with us as we commit to see with new eyes what is happening in our world, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and to act.

Intimate Partner Violence: Additional Threat to Undocumented Women & Children in the U.S.

Intimate partner violence (IPV) affects one in three women. But undocumented migrant women in the U.S. are particularly vulnerable to intimate partner violence. That’s because their abusers often use their undocumented partner’s immigration status as a means of control. What does that mean? What does it look like?

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Watch a video of our associate Dora Serna as she shares one chapter of Silent Voices in the Shadows, written by our Sister Paula Schwendinger.
• Hear one undocumented woman’s experience when intimate partner violence forced her to decide to seek help. Alternatively: Read the chapter found ON THIS LINK.

Reflect:

• How would it feel to face this situation?
• What special considerations should we keep in mind as we advocate for these women and children?

Act now:

Sign the petition asking Congress to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act that will protect these women and children.
• Learn more: Read this PDF from the National Organization for Women

Please choose to journey with us as we commit to see with new eyes what is happening in our world, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and to act.

Violence Escalates Against Migrant Women and Children

Yolani has lived in Mexico on the border with the Untied States for more than a year. She is waiting to continue her asylum process within the U.S., where she can be reunited with her husband and daughter.

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Reflect:

  • How does Yolani feel? How would you feel in her position?
  • How did Mary and Joseph feel as they fled for safety to Egypt with baby Jesus?
  • How do you feel about protecting migrant women and children from violence?

Act now:

  • Learn more by watching Oh Mercy, a short documentary about the lives of people waiting for protection in the United States.
  • Volunteers on the border are welcoming migrants as they reenter the U.S. to plead their asylum cases and helping those who still must wait in Mexico. You are invited to donate to one of the following organizations:

    Sister Norma Pimentel’s agency:
    Catholic Charities of the Rio Grande Valley
    955 W. Price Rd.
    Brownsville, TX 78520

    Working to resettle Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) asylum seekers:
    Annunciation House
    P.O. Box 11189
    El Paso, TX 79995-1189

    Helping migrants stranded in Mexico
    Kino Border Initiative
    PO Box 159
    Nogales, AZ 85628-0159

Please choose to journey with us as we commit to see with new eyes what is happening in our world, to pray for God’s wisdom and guidance, and to act.

See:

Please take a few minutes to watch the Pope’s prayer intention from February 2021 to end violence against women.

Reflect:

Gracious God, look upon the victims of domestic violence with compassion and guide their journey through the legalities of obtaining an Order of Protection so that they might have the chance to begin a new life free from fear and pain.  In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Act now:

There is never any time but now, and there never will be any time but now.

Ways to Take Action to Help End Violence Against Women