By JSA Director of Publicity, Hari Mahesh, on January 12, 2014—
“On the 5th of January, the Holy Names JSA Chapter took matters into their own hands and protested Human Trafficking in the Westlake Center (located in downtown Seattle). Even though most protests are loud and rowdy in conveying their message, the Holy Names JSA chapter stood in silence, and conveyed their message peacefully with signs and handouts that urged for the end of Human Trafficking with facts about the its prevalence around the world. Along with several nuns from the school, twelve JSA members participated in the event, including Paloma Pineda, Anna White, Jenna Sneifer, Kelly Taft, Erin Kehoe, Carli Santorsola, Pei-Ming Tokuda, Lindsey Cleary, Catherine Badart, Maria Keasey, and Theresa Edwards.
The Holy Names Chapter was able to effectively conduct the protest by partnering with the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center (IPJC), a non-profit, religious organization located in Seattle, Oregon, and other locations around the nation. The IPJC not only works to fight human trafficking with vigils on Sundays, (the event at which the Holy Names Chapter has attended and protested at), but has also been able to influence issues around the world dealing with the environment, human rights, women’s rights, and human health. Working off of a previous partnership of the IPJC with the Holy Names Social Justice Committee at their school, Paloma Pineda (the Chapter President) and her fellow members, Anna White and Erin Kehoe, were able to organize the event and provide this valuable relationship to all the members in their JSA chapter.
If you are interested in learning more about the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center or in attending future human trafficking vigils that occur every Sunday, please contact either Paloma Pineda or visit the IPJC’s website: http://www.ipjc.org/events/traffickingvigils.html”
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