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Asylum Seekers Give Firsthand Accounts of Abuse

published on: August 7, 2020

The Chicago-based National Immigration Justice Center (NIJC) presented a webinar Thursday about the criminalization of migration. In a new report, its members document the rights violations of these harmful laws and policies, through sharing firsthand testimony from asylum seekers. Find … Continue reading

Feel Inspired with the Latest News from the Heartland Alliance

published on: August 6, 2020

The Viatorian Community supports the Chicago-based Heartland Alliance, one of the world’s leading anti-poverty organizations. Heartland works in communities in the U.S. and abroad to serve those who are homeless, living in poverty, or seeking safety. In the latest edition … Continue reading

Save the Children of Yemen

published on: July 30, 2020

In writing for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, founder Kathy Kelly cites grim statistics of how the war in Yemen has affected its people, and most alarmingly its children. “Children, who bear no responsibility for governance or warfare, endure the punishment,” … Continue reading

Families Detail Separation Trauma

published on: July 30, 2020

U. S. Circuit Court Judge Dolly M. Gee ruled this month that children detained for longer than 20 days should be released from family prisons. ICE has the authority to release parents with their children, but has instead chosen the … Continue reading

A Day Spent with Immigrants in Detention Seeking Asylum

published on: July 29, 2020

Earlier this month, people of different faith backgrounds assembled outside the Berks Detention Facility in Leesport, PA, to serve as a public witness to the inhumane and unjust imprisonment. They convened to call attention to the ruling made by a … Continue reading

Attend a Webinar on World Day Against Trafficking Against Persons Day

published on: July 28, 2020

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons webinar – Justice for Immigrants and the anti-trafficking campaign of the USCCB along with US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking will host a webinar to commemorate World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, Thursday, July … Continue reading

In Support of Making Childcare a Priority

published on: July 24, 2020

The Viatorian Community joins with the Washington-based organization, Every Child Matters, in support of a coalition of grassroots and national advocates to lift up the stories and challenges of families and child care providers amidst today’s unprecedented health and economic … Continue reading

Immigration Updates from the National Immigrant Justice Center

published on: July 21, 2020

Heartland Alliance’s National Immigrant Justice Center (NIJC) is dedicated to ensuring human rights protections and access to justice for all immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers. Recently, they celebrated a rare victory, when after Kelly, a 24-year-old transgender asylum seeker, was released … Continue reading

Three Executions in Four Days

published on: July 20, 2020

Federally-sanctioned killings were in full force over the last four days, conducted in the name of “justice,” without any regard for the health and safety of those onsite to witness them. Simply put, the Viatorian Community, in conjunction with the … Continue reading

Viatorians Join with CMSM in Calling for an Immediate Release of Detained Children

published on: July 13, 2020

As members of the Conference of Major Superiors of Men, the Viatorian Community joins with other Catholic advocates in joining the #FreetheFamilies Campaign, that calls for immediate, and comprehensive, conclusive action. ● We demand the immediate release of all children … Continue reading

Praying for a Halt to the Restart of Federal Executions This Week

published on: July 13, 2020

The federal government is attempting to restart the practice of executions for the first time in 17 years. Three executions are scheduled to take place over a five-day span beginning July 13 with a fourth to follow at the end of … Continue reading

Resources that Examine Racial Justice and the Pandemic of Hate

published on: July 3, 2020

Viatorians actively support the Chicago-based Social Justice Resource Center, whose mission is to link faith to action by providing information and resources on the social issues of our time. In examining racism and its root causes, leaders of the Social … Continue reading

A Call to Address Racism in Our Society

published on: June 30, 2020

          Greetings from the Province Center, In recent weeks we have been reading about and hearing a lot about the prevalent racism which still exists in the United States. We have seen video footage of white … Continue reading

Recognizing the Importance of Juneteenth

published on: June 19, 2020

In honor of #Juneteenth, join the Viatorians in the United States in commemorating the abolition of slavery. We invite you to join us in taking a few moments for education, reflection and prayer for an end to racism. Please follow these … Continue reading

A Viatorian Response to the Supreme Court Ruling on the DACA Program

published on: June 19, 2020

This week’s Supreme Court decision ruled that the Trump Administration did not give adequate justification for ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  This is a tremendous victory for the DACA program. The Viatorians applaud the Supreme Court’s … Continue reading

Read the 2020 Hunger Report

published on: June 18, 2020

Eliminating hunger is one of the priorities of the Viatorian Community, consequently its members support Bread for the World Institute, whose mission is to end hunger in the United States, by mobilizing faith communities into one voice. This month, Bread … Continue reading

Pandemic Leads to Crisis in Human Trafficking

published on: June 16, 2020

Since the onset of COVID-19, Polaris has been tracking data reported to the U.S. National Human Trafficking Hotline. According to our analysis, the impact of the pandemic and subsequent quarantine may already be leading to an escalation of sex and … Continue reading

Racism is a Pandemic Too

published on: June 16, 2020

The Viatorian Community supports this statement on the George Floyd murder, the anti-racism movement, and the anti-police brutality uprsing. It was posted June 15 by the Chicago Religious Leadership Network on Latin America: How long, O Lord, must I call … Continue reading

Exposing Child Labor Used in Producing Chocolate

published on: June 15, 2020

According to the Washington-based Green America, there are an estimated 150 million children involved in child labor globally. And  there are over 2 million child laborers growing the cocoa that goes into the chocolate you see on store shelves. Child laborers in … Continue reading

Viatorians in Solidarity with Martin Gugino

published on: June 12, 2020

The Catholic peace activist who was injured during a protest in Buffalo, is a familiar name to the Viatorians. Martin Gugino is a retired IT professional, who was protesting discrimination and racism at the most recent rally, but he regularly demonstrates … Continue reading

Yemen Remains a Humanitarian Disaster

published on: June 11, 2020

In writing for Voices for Creative Nonviolence, founder Kathy Kelly cites grim statistics of how the war in Yemen has affected its people, most alarmingly its children. “An entire generation of Yemeni children has suffered the traumas of war, many … Continue reading

Black Lives are Sacred, Black Lives Matter

published on: June 11, 2020

The Viatorian Community joins with members of NETWORK — made up of advocates for social justice, inspired by Catholic sisters — in honoring the fundamental dignity of all life. Sr. Simone Campbell, SSS, executive director of NETWORK, joined faith leaders … Continue reading

Equal Treatment for All

published on: June 11, 2020

COVID-19 is clarifying a significant source of global anger and angst: inequality. In a post published June 7 on the Voices for Creative Nonviolence website, Dr. Yakim Young, who lives and works in Afghanistan, writes about how the pandemic has revealed … Continue reading

Your Thoughts on Working Toward Racial Justice

published on: June 10, 2020

Let’s talk about it! Join with the Viatorians and young people from across the Province of Chicago in a faith in action discussion. We want to come together, discuss and gain insight — from a Viatorian perspective — on this … Continue reading