The National Advocacy Center educates and develops strategies to address social justice issues and advocates for the transformation of society to the benefit of all people.
NAC reflects the spirituality, history and mission of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, working in solidarity with the disenfranchised - particularly families, women and children.
At the NAC, we amplify the Good Shepherd voice by linking the ministries and services of the Sisters, lay associates, and lay staff around the country to speak up and work for change in the structures of society.
NAC organizes the Good Shepherd constituency to petition the United States Congress to act favorably on issues that impact those on the margin.
Outcry Leads to End of Tornillo Tent City for Migrant Children
The detention camp in Tornillo, Texas that became a symbol of the mass incarceration of migrant children at the border released the last few migrant children on January 11, 2019.
The National Advocacy Center and the Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd were a part of the public outcry against the separation of families and the detention of children.
This was perhaps the largest mass incarceration of children not charged with a crime since the World World II internment of Japanese Americans.
Read more about the closing in an article from TexasMonthly.
Protect the Arctic Refuge
NAC is Still IN! - We Support the Paris Agreement
NAC has joined with hundreds of faith groups around the country plus thousands of businesses, local/state governments, hospitals and colleges and more to say WE ARE STILL IN and we will continue to support climate action to meet the Paris Agreement.
Nicaragua - What Happened While We Were Not Looking?
In 4 months in a country of 6 million people:
1,800 Arbitrarily Detained
200 Political Prisoners
And a witch-hunt targeting youngsters and anyone who participates in protests
President Daniel Ortega is not the resistance leader whom many embraced years ago. He has become an autocrat who violently represses any dissent with police, military and paramilitary force. Every international organization (UNHCR, Organization of American States, Amnesty International, and more) that has reviewed the situation on the ground has concluded that Ortega is guilty of massive human rights violations resulting in the death of innocent protesters.
Want to learn more and find out how to help our neighbors? Visit our Central America page.
Take Action Against Human Trafficking!
The numbers are mind-boggling and frightening. There are an estimated 40 million people enslaved today. About 20 million are trapped in labor slavery, about 5 million are exploited in sex slavery, and about 15 million are enslaved in forced marriages. Women and girls account for 71 percent of the total; children are about 25 percent of the total.
But we can help lower these numbers and free men, women and children.
Check out our webpages on human trafficking: get educated; know the signs; find the resources; take action.
Find out more about the latest work of the NAC and our lobbying efforts, as well as recent press releases.
Make Your Voice Heard
Reach out to your elected officials and others on important policy decisions impacting the common good.
Visit Congress at Home
A face-to-face meeting with your Member of Congress, or a key member of their staff, is the most effective way to lobby your views.