January 2024

“This Good Work” is the Congregation’s bi-monthly e-newsletter to give witness to Precious Blood Spirituality through the lens of social justice, rooted in Gospel values and Catholic social teaching. In it we share real, legitimate information and ways Sisters are thinking about and living out many issues of peace, justice and ecology. This is curated by Peace, Justice and Ecology Coordinator Jen Morin-Williamson and features articles by Sisters.

How pornography contributes to human trafficking
SOAP Up Event — March 9, 2024
Sidewalk Soldiers
Dear Dinah
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How pornography contributes to human trafficking

By Jen Morin-Williamson, Peace, Justice, and Ecology Coordinator

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. For more than a decade, the Sisters of the Precious Blood have focused on ending human trafficking as one of their primary justice issues. So, this month, I want to be a little uncomfortable and share important information about sex trafficking and the connection to pornography. I feel compelled to expose some information about pornography that would urge people of faith to really consider their actions and to influence their circles of relationships to combat pornography use. It is something that we don’t talk about in polite conversation, but its impact is spiritual, moral and physically damaging to so many, especially vulnerable individuals. Read More

SOAP Up at the First Four — March 9, 2024

By Jen Morin-Williamson, Peace, Justice, and Ecology Coordinator

Save the date! The annual SOAP Up event in Dayton is scheduled for March 9, 2024, from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the University of Dayton. This important event focuses on educating and raising awareness about human sex trafficking, particularly in anticipation of major sporting events like basketball tournaments. Volunteers play a crucial role by labeling bars of soap and makeup remover wipes with the National Human Trafficking Hotline number (1-888-373-7888). Teams will then visit local hotels to distribute these free items, along with posters of missing children and information on recognizing red flags of human trafficking. Read More

Offering help and hope for trafficked individuals

By Amy Cornelius, Sidewalk Soldiers

Amy Cornelius is founder and director of Sidewalk Soldiers, which provides a variety of services for those who have been sex trafficked and those at risk of trafficking.

Not long after I got away from my trafficker, my heart began to break for those still in the “the life,” those who didn’t get away, went missing or passed away before escaping bondage. I began to cry out to God and question why I made it out and others did not. For many hours, many nights, many years, I was on my knees praying about trafficking in our communities; many tears were shed in travail. Jesus dealt with my heart and responded to my prayers by instructing me to reflect and get busy. I discovered it was possible to live a life of freedom and safety after trafficking, and it is the duty of those God pulled from the pit to guide others out. The Lord connected a small group of women with newfound freedom, and this formed our first street outreach team in 2016. Read More

“Abolitionist” became my newest title

By Mandy Reed from Dear Dinah

Mandy Reed is founder of Dear Dinah, which provides a variety of ministries in educating the public about human trafficking and supporting survivors.

A daughter, a wife, a mother, and a child of God are the four titles I am incredibly proud to display to the world around me. My name is Mandy Reed, and I am the founder of Dear Dinah. In the summer of 2020, the Lord opened my eyes and broke my heart to the realities of human trafficking and as a result, “abolitionist” became my newest title and one that has been both an honor, and burden, to bear. First an honor, because walking alongside a soul affected by human trafficking is a journey I never imagined I would be so blessed to venture. Their journey inspires me, humbles me and keeps me so closely connected to my Savior and Redeemer. It is, however, also a burden, because the journey is one marked with trauma, scars, darkness and, for far too many, a dead end. In the heart of the battle against human trafficking lies Dear Dinah, a nonprofit located in Dayton, Ohio, that has become the embodiment of my faith and the relentless pursuit of sharing the transformative love and hope of Jesus. Read More

A Trafficking Story from Guatemala

By Sister Theresa Walter, CPPS

Sister Terry Walter is founder and co-director of ADEFAGUA, a mental health program in Guatemala, and is is co-director of Casa Sofia, our residence for university students in Guatemala City.

Maria (not her real name) was 5 years old when her beloved father died. The family was very poor. From that age, Maria had to go by herself, full of fear, to find firewood and beg food from neighbors, since her mother didn’t have work and had several children at home.

Desperation only grew worse with time. When Maria was 6 or 7, her mother started a business servicing some neighborhood men, mostly older. They would come over and rape Maria and her younger sister in their mother’s presence. Maria never knew what was being charged in this business of her mother, but that is how they made ends meet in those years. Read More

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