Shalom – Human Dignity

Human Dignity

The School Sisters of Notre Dame are ardent advocates of human dignity and basic human rights for all people from conception to natural death. Two issues which are of particular concern these days are human trafficking and immigration.

Human Trafficking is Modern Slavery

Human trafficking is defined as being deceived or taken against your will, bought, sold and transported into slavery for sexual exploitation or forced labor through the use of force, fraud, or coercion. It is modern slavery affecting 800,000 to over a million new victims every year.  More than one every minute!  And that is just counting the people moved from country to country. Millions more are trafficked within countries, especially children and women.

Human trafficking is a crime that strips people of their rights, ruins their dreams, and robs them of their dignity. It is a global problem, and no country is immune.

School Sisters of Notre Dame are involved in local, national, and international efforts to address human trafficking through education, advocacy, and other efforts. Progress is being made, but much work remains. Download our Human Trafficking Prayer/Resource Card.

Immigration (U.S.)

How our society treats immigrants is a fundamental moral issue. The School Sisters of Notre Dame have walked with and ministered to immigrants in the United State since our arrival in 1847.  Today in our various ministries, we witness firsthand the effects our inadequate, broken, and sometimes cruel immigration system has on our nation’s diverse immigrant communities.

We stand in solidarity with our immigrant sisters and brothers. With the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and others, we support comprehensive immigration reform, which includes a path to earned legalization, family reunification, worker protections, and an effective humane border policy. Visit Justice for Immigrants Campaign to learn more.

Human Rights Day

School Sisters of Notre Dame throughout the global congregation commemorate International Human Rights Day, December 10, in a variety of ways including letter-writing campaigns and prayer/reflection services.  Visit our international website to learn more.