Focusing on the Issue of Human Trafficking



Several sessions at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) address the problem of human trafficking, an issue which is of particular concern to School Sisters of Notre Dame. SSNDs are involved in local, national, and international efforts to address human trafficking through education, advocacy, and other efforts.

Sister Maureen Fleming, SSND, a pastoral minister at St. Luke Parish in Fairfield, Connecticut, has been working to educate others about this issue and chose to focus on trafficking related programs at the CSW on Tuesday.

Sister Eileen Reilly (left) and Sister Maureen Fleming go over the CSW schedule for the day.

Sister Maureen gives talks and workshops on the issue of trafficking, and she said that she is finding that people are beginning to realize that this is an issue in the United States and not just in other countries.

A CSW session on the elimination of violence against women and children provided the opportunity for her to learn what that other countries are doing in terms of putting together new programs and continuing education.

“It helps me to grow in my understanding of the issues and helping to promote those issues and educate others,” Sister Maureen said. “I try to educate myself so I can educate others as a School Sister of Notre Dame.”