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Rep. Carolyn Maloney from New York has introduced a bill to require the elimination of slave labor from any part of the production of products. A coalition of socially responsible investors immediately issued a statement welcoming the introduction of the bill, stating that: [i]n our analysis of companies, we seek to understand how they are addressing human and worker rights challenges in their global supply chains and expect evidence of their due diligence on these issues. The disclosures required in H.R. 4842 will provide investors with the information necessary to adequately evaluate risks within their portfolios. The bill has been referred to the Committee on Financial Services and the Committee on Education and the Workforce for consideration. Given the current Congressional climate, the ultimate passage of H.R. 4842 is unlikely, but its introduction reflects a broader trend towards regulated transparency with regard to corporate efforts to address human rights-related risks. Make its passage more likely by contacting your Representative in the House to ask her/him to support HR 4842. The Business Supply Chain and Transparency on Trafficking and Slavery Act of 2014. Pass this information on, please. 

Peace & Justice News

Our province has joined U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT). U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery. USCSAHT provides members with a public, corporate voice on the issue of human trafficking and the opportunity to share resources, experience, and expertise. Learn more about USCSAHT at their Website http://sistersagainsttrafficking.org/

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First Associate Assembly - Blessed Sacrament Province

FIRST ASSOCIATE ASSEMBLY, April 17-19, 2015, Wilton, CT: Call to Visitation: The Associate Relationship, Past, Present and Future. Energy of Visitation, enthusiasm for mission, pride in the Congregation of Notre Dame heritage and reality, gratitude for Associate Relationship, motivation to invite, connection to larger Congregation of Notre Dame community, confidence in the present and new hope for the future, importance of being Church, dedication of all to Associate Relationship, “explosion” of bonds connecting us in Congregation of Notre Dame charism! These were words heard during the weekend and written in evaluations.

Forty-eight associates, three associate candidates and twelve sisters participated in the whole weekend or all day Saturday. Two of the associates were Ann Gotfryd and Adele Mercier, the co-coordinators of the Congregation of Notre Dame Central Office for Associate Relationship. 

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