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Polaris Project Develops a Roadmap to Disrupt and Prevent Human Trafficking

published on: July 18, 2018

The Polaris Project, which is dedicated to ending all forms of modern day slavery, has just published a report that they describe as a “roadmap” to disrupt and prevent human trafficking. This report focuses on the private and public sector, … Continue reading

Viatorians Demand Dignity for Domestic Workers and Farmworkers

published on: July 12, 2018

Without a typical HR department in place, domestic workers and farmworkers are often expected to endure abuse at the hands of their employers and clients. While progress has been made in so many industries, these workers have been written out … Continue reading

Action Items to Support Separated Children

published on: July 10, 2018

Viatorians Promote Ways to Keep Families Together

published on: June 28, 2018

Despite the president’s recent executive order, the administration continues to prosecute and indefinitely detain asylum seekers, and families remain at risk of being separated. We must continue to fight for children and parents seeking safety in the United States. Here … Continue reading

Viatorians Believe that Family Separation is Immoral

published on: June 25, 2018

In light of the Trump administration’s scaled up efforts to separate children from their parents when they come to the border fleeing violence and seeking help, the Conference of Major Superiors of Men has issued a statement calling for this … Continue reading

Human Trafficking on Temporary Work Visas and how to Eradicate It

published on: June 15, 2018

A new report published by the Polaris organization, the leader in the global fight against modern slavery, identified nearly 800 victims of labor trafficking — who held temporary work visas — through reported cases to the National Human Trafficking Hotline, from January … Continue reading

Viatorians Support Bishops’ Statement Against Separating Immigrant Families

published on: June 14, 2018

In a Washington Post report Wednesday, leading U.S. bishops escalated their criticism of the Trump administration’s immigration policies, calling new asylum-limiting rules “immoral” and rhetorically comparing the crackdown to abortion, by saying it is a “right-to-life” issue. Viatorians support the bishops, in … Continue reading

Making a Pilgrimage to the Border with Teens

published on: June 13, 2018

For the fifth time in three years, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, is leading a group of young adults from Viatorian ministry sites to the border between Arizona and Mexico. He calls it a pilgrimage, as together these young people retrace the steps of … Continue reading

Separating Immigrant Children from their Parents and the Catholic Church

published on: June 12, 2018

The U.S. administration has scaled-up their policy to separate children from their parents when they come to the border. Since October, 2017 — and with a major spike in the last four months — more than 1,000 children have been … Continue reading

Reflections on Finding a Lasting Peace in Afghanistan

published on: June 12, 2018

Kathy Kelly is the co-coordinator of Voices for Creative Nonviolence, a campaign to end U.S. military and economic warfare. She has made many trips to Afghanistan and after a recent trip, she filed this report about the Afghans’ profound desire to … Continue reading

Praying for Farmers as Farm Bill Deadline Approaches

published on: June 7, 2018

The Farm Bill is an important piece of legislation that affects farmers and rural communities across the country. As a religious community, Viatorians support farmers both in prayer and in advocacy. Consequently, they have joined in letter campaigns aimed at … Continue reading

Viator House of Hospitality Continues to Draw Supporters

published on: June 4, 2018

Some 18 months after a pair of Viatorians opened Viator House of Hospitality in Chicago’s Northwest suburbs, the transitional residential program continues to grow. Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, and Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, continue to lead the safe house for … Continue reading

U.S. Marine Veteran to Congress: Give Dreamers a Chance

published on: May 29, 2018

On Memorial Day, U.S. Marine Veteran Juan Ochoa sent a letter to members of Congress, with this simple message: Give Dreamers a chance. Brought to this country as an undocumented child from Mexico, Mr. Ochoa served in the U.S. Marines 1989-1993 … Continue reading

Latest Alert on Immigration

published on: May 29, 2018

Action Items for Immigration Reform

published on: May 22, 2018

Viatorians Join Effort to Oppose Haspel Nomination Based on Torture

published on: May 10, 2018

The Viatorian Community joins with the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, as well as the leaders of 38 other faith denominations — representing 30 million church members in opposing the nomination of Ms. Gina Haspel as director of the CIA, … Continue reading

Combatting Racism and Poverty 50 Years later

published on: May 8, 2018

Building off Dr. Martin Luther King’s launching of a poor people’s campaign in 1968, today’s Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic … Continue reading

Associates Step Up to Offer Free Tax Preparation

published on: April 25, 2018

Associates Jackie Dupon and John Dussman concede that they are not accountants by profession. John works in sales with the newspaper industry, while Jackie made her career as a physical therapist before retiring. “But I was a math major before … Continue reading

National Action Items on Immigration

published on: April 17, 2018

Viatorians Concerned About the Mental Health Crisis

published on: April 3, 2018

A cornerstone of the Viatorian mission statement is the community’s commitment to embracing those “accounted of little importance.” Persons dealing with mental health issues, and especially those in America’s prisons, would be among those “accounted of little importance.” Read the latest article … Continue reading

ACT NOW: Unite to End Racism

published on: April 3, 2018

Awaken, confront, transform. ACT NOW. Those are the buzz words driving a broad-based interfaith coalition, organized by the Conference of Major Superiors of Men. They are working on a long-term initiative to end racial injustice in our country. Their “Act Now” … Continue reading

Stations of the Cross Takes on Social Justice Theme

published on: March 30, 2018

Every year, Associate Kim Martinez accompanies her student leadership team from Bishop Gorman High School’s Campus Ministry, to the Viatorian Youth Congress. During the four-day congress, students are immersed in faith and leadership formation, as well as some of the social … Continue reading

Viatorians Accompany Young People Demanding Action

published on: March 26, 2018

Separate #MarchforOurLives demonstrations took place at cities across the country, and in at least two of them — Chicago and Las Vegas — Viatorians were there, called by their charism to accompany young people in their faith development. “I stand with these young people. … Continue reading