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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

Human trafficking – an open wound . . . a scourge upon the body of Christ”. This is a statement from Pope Francis in April of 2014 at the conclusion of the “International Conference on Combating Human Trafficking” held in Rome.

The Canadian Augustinian Centre for Social Justice (CASC) is one of the participants involved in addressing this issue here in Canada. As the Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games are being hosted by Toronto Canada in July of 2015, trafficking in persons will be prevalent. Along with other Religious Congregations, the CASC is working to raise awareness of the issue among the Catholic community and the hierarchy. The Centre is also cooperating with city officials to prepare a coordinated response to the issue as it arises.

Please see the article which provides further information and teaching about this important social issue. In the article there is a description of trafficking, who are the traffickers and victims, the response from the city of Toronto, Religious Congregations actions and links to resources in Canada and around the world.

Religious Congregations will be preparing and setting up “Gift Boxes” in the city and surrounding area to help raise awareness and appreciation of this issue in an experiential manner.

To read the article, click here