Pictured: Sister Rita Jovick, PBVM (center left) at an anti-human trafficking coalition meeting, 2018.

By Sister Pat Davis, PBVM, Justice Committee Chair

Associate Loretta Nekota and Sister Rita Jovick, PBVM, virtually attended the 2021 Teen Power Summit sponsored by the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking. The event was for ages 13 and up as well as families, teachers and other professionals working with youth. Sister Rita was one of the judges of the Teen Poster Contest. The contest was open to middle and high school students attending public, private, or home schools in San Francisco and the greater Bay Area. Posters reflected this year’s theme “My Body. My Mind. My Life.” The first, second and third place artists received cash prizes and will be recognized by the San Francisco officials during Human Trafficking Awareness Month.

In addition to the Summit, Sister Gloria Loya, PBVM, who represents the issue of human trafficking for the Diocese of Monterey, is facilitating gatherings with teens, for teens from five local high schools. Input from the teens and a guest speaker comprise the agendas for the meetings.