The Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation (JPIC) Office of the North American Province (NAP) was founded in 1993 in the Spirit of Founder St. Daniel Comboni who passionately trumpeted causes for justice throughout his life. Today, the working principles of the office are outlined in our Guidelines, infused in our yearly Action Plan, and aligned with Catholic Social Teaching. The modern Catholic Social Teaching has been articulated through a tradition of papal, conciliar, and episcopal documents.
As a working department of the North American Province, the JPIC Office seeks a closer collaboration with Comboni provinces around the world, and especially with the Americas, our “partners in the hemisphere.”
One of our main goals is to increase our participation at the United Nations through our memberships with VIVAT International and AFJN which give us a point of access. We support and work closely with these partners, Africa Faith & Justice Network (AFJN) in Washington, D.C., Africa Europe Faith & Justice Network (AEFJN) in Brussels, and VIVAT International in New York City, and with NGOs based in Washington, D.C.
South Sudanese Survivors of Sexual Violence Demand Justice and Reparations Now. The call for humanitarian action remains dire for both regional and international action to end the current crisis in South Sudan. It’s a crisis that continues to bring untold suffering, death, and destruction to the people, but now, in addition, there has been vast documentation of atrocities of sexual violence by the victims themselves. Thousands of South Sudanese women, girls, and men, who were raped in ethnically-charged sexual attacks in the ongoing conflict “are now battling mental distress and stigma with nowhere to turn for help,” Amnesty International said in its new report.
Entitled, South Sudan: Do Not Remain Silent: Survivors of Sexual Violence in South Sudan Call for Justice and Reparations, the report shares survivors’ personal stories and their demands “for their perpetrators to be held accountable, for reparations, and for measures to address the social fractures that cause and result from sexual violence.” Download the report, here. Also, read Sexual Violence in South Sudan on “Massive Scale,” (Sudan Tribune), here.