I'm the Officer for Advocacy Networks and Communication of the Social Justice and Ecology Secretariat at the Jesuit Curia in Rome. Or, shorter and sweeter: passionate about writing, fighting and networking for the greater glory of God.
utaroma has written 22 posts for Ignatian Advocacy

David Hollenbach SJ discusses new responsibilities of South Sudan

In August, Father David Hollenbach, a member of the Global Ignatian Advocacy Network on Peace and Human Rights, conducted a workshop for leaders of the Catholic community of South Sudan in the national capital of Juba and addressed South Sudan’s Parliament on the role of moral values in shaping the institutions of the World’s newest country. … Continue reading

Kerala, a ‘Dubai’ for Bengali Migrants

As I took my seat in Coromandal Express at Chennai Central station to go to Calcutta two months ago, I found 4 young boys between the ages of 18 and 25, already in the compartment stuffing a lot of luggage under the seat where I had my berth. They were my co-passengers in the same … Continue reading

Silence… its rumblings (DM Solomon SJ)

As soon as we turned the motorbike from the concrete road to the single lane path into to the bushes silence descended between Habil, my pillion rider, and me. The stony bushy hill was a difficult terrain to negotiate by a rickety motorcycle. The silence of the forest almost drowned the rambling sound of the … Continue reading

Jesuit Refugee Service publishes booklet on advocacy

A new 36-page booklet addresses all aspects of JRS advocacy, from day-to-day work in favour of one or more individuals to longer-term activities seeking to change policies nationally, regionally and globally. The booklet gives a breakdown of the most important issues on which JRS advocacy is focused and provides concrete examples of concerns and positive … Continue reading

Advocacy y sensibilización en el SJM España: el cuaderno ‘Superar fronteras’ (Pep Buades SJ)

El 5 de mayo, el Servicio Jesuita a Migrantes (SJM) España presentaba el cuaderno Superar fronteras a los medios de comunicación. Esa noche empezaba la campaña para las elecciones municipales: las primeras en las que votaban residentes de algunos países extracomunitarios, y no solo españoles y ciudadanos de la UE. Los medios transmitieron un mensaje: … Continue reading

We are done! (for now)

The satisfaction and relief expressed in the faces of leaders, Core Group members and observers speak volumes about the hard work of the last six days. It will be sad to part but good to get some rest. Many of us will meet again in 2012, and in the meantime, there will be many, many … Continue reading

The Challenge of Advocacy: memories of a struggle in the 1980s (George Mutholil SJ)

The Loyola GIAN workshop is my first formal contact with the Network initiative, other than reading about it in the newsletters or listening to some talk or other. Beginning with the presentations of Julian, the presentations and much more the group work in the core group have given me a new understanding of the challenge … Continue reading

Sunday and Monday in pictures

Hear the cry of the Poor, and help them tell their story – not yours! (Tom Greene SJ)

The title of this piece is a refrain for me as I advocate on behalf of the poor and marginalized. It developed from the experience of watching Nelio (not his actual name,) a young Honduran boy in immigration court in Houston, Texas. His case had been called up and he sat alone at the Respondent’s … Continue reading

In the steps of Saint Ignatius the advocate

This morning, José Ignacio García SJ took us on a tour of the birthplace of Saint Ignatius, the house where his family lived and where he had his conversion experience after his leg was shattered by a cannon ball. At four different “stations” around the house, we listened to texts from Saint Ignatius to find … Continue reading