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Promoting justice and peace for the most vulnerable

Welcome to the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice

The Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice will work to break the silence surrounding the poor. Our goal is to help people recognize the social, political and economic conditions surrounding them and take action against these oppressive elements.

This is accomplished by offering educational workshops/seminars for service providers.

We will work to form linkages, networks and partnerships among service providers so they can be effective in building a foundation of community support.

“It would be better no one be hungry, and this necessity did not exist”. St. Augustine

Current Highlights

Gift Box in Toronto July 10 to August 15

World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30, 2015

Unwrap the Horrors – Catholic Register July 2015

Covenant House Trafficking Petition – Catholic Register August 2015

Pan Am trafficking project a resounding success


July 7, 2015 Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking at St. James Anglican Cathedral in Toronto unveiled the “UN Gift box” which will remain there throughout the Pan Am and Parapan Am Games in July and August in Toronto and surrounding area. The box will be open from 10:00am to 6:00pm each day of the games.

On hand to celebrate the launch were representatives from various Religious Congregations, faith leaders, volunteers, designers, architects, committee members and many others.

GIFT Box is a global project that was launched by “Stop the Traffik” and “UN Gift” in 2012 and has introduced over 50,000 people in approximately 100 locations across 5 countries to the issue of human trafficking and inspired them to further action. This is the first Gift box to appear in Canada.

Through the Gift Box, visitors to the games will share the stories of those who have experienced human trafficking first hand – and learn what can be done to end this situation.

The outer side of the box invites people inside to a better life, good job, and more money. When inside the box one reads the stories of those who have been trafficked, the atrocities that have been committed and some ways to begin to address the situation.

Representing the Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice was Brian Dwyer, the director. He served on the committee of Faith Alliance to arrange for this project to be realized.

Dr. Sue Wilson of the Sisters of St. Joseph in London Ontario gave the opening keynote address. She told the stories of two people who have been trafficked, one internationally, and one right here in Canada. She challenged all of us to take action to address the situation. She said that those who are trafficked are asking us to speak with Government, law enforcement and social services to come together to address the issue.


Faith Alliance to End Human Trafficking
Pope Francis – World Day Against Trafficking
UN Gift Box
Chrysalis Anti-Human Trafficking Network
UN World Day Against Trafficking in Human Persons

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