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Learn from people on the forefront of justice work. Find out more about global and local injustices, the work being done to combat them, and the restored relationships that result.

There are Three Crises at the Border: Keeping it Straight

There are (at least) three crises at the Border right now. As advocates, we must know how to speak clearly and effectively about each one.

Many States Worry about PFAS…The State of Maine Just Did Something About It

The state of Maine Legislature and its governor, Janet Mills, signed a new law on June 13, 2019 that protects its citizens from two groups of ubiquitous chemicals that threaten human health: phthalates and PFAS.

Under the Gaze of a Deer Head

When people hear that I am a RCA Mission Partner Personnel (“missionary”) who is working to address human trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation, I sometimes believe  that they think I am working in some far-off country, perhaps in the Global South. In fact, I work in partnership with a charity in southern Ontario that is striving to provide transitional housing for survivors.

Introducing...Victoria Veenstra

Victoria is the newest member of our team. She joins our team this week as the Justice Communications Team Coordinator, working for the Centre for Public Dialogue, Office of Social Justice, and Canadian Indigenous Ministries Committee. She holds a masters of arts in history from Trent University and used to work for the Canadian Canoe Museum as their Programs Registrar.

God Bless the Do-Gooders, the Great Beings, and the Caregivers of Those Seeking Refuge

As a missionary in Italy, most of my travel time was spent either walking or riding public transportation.

One day, while riding the bus, an Italian woman started a conversation with me that was quite common in my experience. “You’re not Italian—where are you from?” “Why are you in Italy?” These questions always granted me an opportunity to talk about my passion for my work as a missionary, providing for the care of migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers.

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Why is Sharing about Sexual Abuse So Hard?

This series about power started with a team of people from Safe Church Ministry and the Office of Social Justice. We met together to discuss and plan for this series. We talked about different themes and people we knew who had insights about power from their own unique perspectives.

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Power Structures in the Church

TERRITORY is a Chinese-language new media ministry founded by a married Christian couple who were formerly journalists in China. Founded in 2010, its WeChat public channel now ranks the top among all Chinese-language Christian WeChat ministries.

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Freedom for Victims and Buyers in the Sex Trade

February 22 marked Ontario’s Human Trafficking Awareness Day. That same day, the news broke about Robert Kraft, owner of the NFL’s New England Patriots, being charged with solicitation of prostitution in Florida.

Unity and Justice: On Criminal Justice, We Can Seek Both

We're excited to welcome Laurel Luke as a new Do Justice columnist, focusing on criminal justice!

 

Four years ago, I knew very little about criminal justice reform or prisons. I didn’t know anyone who had been to prison, have any knowledge around what a prison was like or how long people stayed, and I didn’t have a clue what legislation or stories got people locked up. All I knew was that prisoners did something bad, were serving a sentence, and most would be released.

Pro-Life Before Conception Means Caring for Girls

About 700 women die each year in the U.S. as a result of pregnancy or delivery complications.1 This rate of pregnancy-related death is higher in the United States than the rates in other industrialized nations.

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