We are deeply troubled by government policies that denigrate and demonize immigrants. While remaining realistic about the challenges, we choose to be proactive and hopeful about the future. The best possible outcomes will result through collaboration and partnerships. The Office of Educational Initiatives & Leadership is currently working to promote social justice, human dignity and empowerment of the marginalized in partnership with others. Some of our current work and partnerships include:
- Don Bosco Workers, Inc. of New York to provide advocacy training for day laborers to give testimony and testimonials for legislation against wage theft practices.
- International Volunteer Program administered by the EIL Office which has placed a young woman pursuing a Master's degree in Human Rights in Mexico with an immigration lawyer in New York for 3 months. Her interest is in the cause of children. This program provides young adults with a professional level experience in the work for justice, an opportunity for reflection and living in a community. For more information on this program contact EIL Director, Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ at: firstname.lastname@example.org
- MACC, the Mexican American Catholic College of San Antonio, Texas to provide leadership and professional development training to participants in its US-Latin American Catholic Exchange Program.
- La Red de Educacion Popular, consisting of Religious of the Sacred Heart and collaborating organizations throughout Latin America, the Caribbean and North America in the design and implementation of a major conference entitled Migration, Immigration & Human Trafficking on the US-Mexico border in Alamo, Texas in April 2018. This event is also in collaboration with the Office of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation at the Stuart Center.
- ARISE a continued partnership with A Resource in Serving Equity, a non-profit deeply rooted in the border communities and working for the empowerment of all through a focus on women, children and youth. ARISE is a key partener in the design of the April conference.
Click here to read the position statement of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada Province on immigration.