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Follow up to Migration Forum

1 December 2010

As one of the delegates from UN-based NGOs working on migration to the Global Forum on Migration and Development, Catherine participated in a panel sharing the highlights of the session. NGOs at the session spoke out strongly against the current practice of criminalizing migrants by putting them in detention for long periods of time and also the practice of circular migration which ties migrants to a single employer giving them no redress if that employer exploits them. This practice also breaks up families and causes many problems both in countries of origin and countries of destination.

UN Climate Change Conference 2010

1 December 2010

Jessica Chen, program director, and Catherine traveled to Cancun, Mexico on 27 November, 2010, to take part in the first week of the 16th session of the UN Conference on Climate Change.  While there, they will be lobbying governments to make stronger commitments to overcome the effects of human-caused climate change using two recently commissioned cartoon postcards emphasizing the effect of climate change on water (12). We hope to provide you with two or three short updates on the website for the two weeks of the session.

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New interns

1 December 2010

Two Sisters from UNANIMA member congregations have been accepted for short-term internships starting on 15 January 2011: Jan O’Neill from the Brigidines in Australia and Michele Morek from the Ursulines of Mount Saint Joseph (see below).

We welcome them and plan that you will hear from them in our updates after their arrival.

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New Part-time executive assistant

1 December 2010

UNANIMA International welcomes Kyong Mazzaro as a part-time executive assistant to complete the staff at our office. Kyong is a native of Venezuela but is of Korean and Italian descent. She has studied international studies and completed a masters in migration studies in Italy. In addition, since her arrival in early November, she has written one statement for the Commission for Social Development and also organized our library and committee meeting files. Welcome Kyong!

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Featuring the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph

1 December 2010

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, currently represented on the board by Suzanne Sims, OSU, is one of the founding groups of UNANIMA International. They trace their origin to Saint Angela Merici, who founded the first teaching order of women in the Church, the Company of Saint Ursula, in Brescia, Italy, in 1535.