National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd
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 Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd (better known as 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.
Support The National Advocacy Center's mission to act in solidarity with those on the
margins of society, especially the poor, immigrants and survivors of human trafficking.
The National Advocacy Center of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Inc. is a 501(c)(4) non-profit corporation; as such donations are not tax deductible.
NAC Launches New Video created by GSV Erin Hood!
NAC is thrilled to announce the release of its new video: “The National Advocacy Center – Building a Culture of Justice."
Over the last few months of her service year, NAC's 2021-2022 Good Shepherd Volunteer Erin Hood filmed interviews with NAC’s staff, Good Shepherd sisters, and agency partners-in-mission, and captured footage of NAC’s advocacy work, from press conferences in West Virginia to protests in downtown D.C.
The result of all this filming is now available to for everyone to watch on NAC’s website (below), YouTube channel, and social media platforms (@nac4justice).
The National Advocacy Center wants to express its gratitude to all who contributed their time to this project, especially the woman behind the camera; Erin's energy and vision brought it to fruition.
And as always, deepest thanks to the U.S. Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd for its financial and moral support.
Status on Myanmar's Military Coup - Statements
NAC States that Decisive Action Needed Now --
The question is, how long should the world wait. By doing nothing, we may well be encouraging the outbreak of a protracted civil war.
We recommend supporting the Committee Representing the Pyidaungsu Hluttaw (or Parliament). The C.R.P.H. was set up by more than 300 representatives from different political and ethnic parties who won posts in the November 2020 general election.
In addition, we recommend recognizing the C.R.P.H. as Myanmar’s only legitimate governing authority and provide them with financial and technical assistance.
Now is the time to act.
Read complete Statement.
NAC & Good Shepherd Statement on Myanmar's Nascent Democracy & Military Coup --
We stand with the people of Myanmar. We, with the world, are watching and we are in solidarity with the people. We call on President Biden and his Administration to work with the United Nations Security Council, the United Nations Special Envoy to Myanmar, Ms. Christine Schraner Burgener, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Mr. Tom Andrews, and other governments to pressure the military generals to relinquish power and return it rightly to the people.
Read complete Statement.
Rallying in Solidarity with Haitian Migrants
NAC Exec Director Fran Eskin-Royer and Sr. Claudia Palacio, RGS,
rallied, prayed and marched in solidarity with Haitian migrants to commemorate the one year anniversary of the thousands of Haitian migrants who were rounded up under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas.
At the vigil, 15 bags containing water bottles and to-go containers symbolized the more than 15,000 Haitians who disappeared within days from Del Rio (most were either deported back to Haiti or placed in immigration proceedings).
At the vigil, Fran read a prayer for Haitian migrants written by NAC Policy Advocate Leslye Colvin.
We call for change, including a restoration of asylum, equity in processing at the border and an end to Title 42 and other policies that disproportionately harm migrants of color.
The DC vigil began outside the Custom and Border Patrol Headquarters. Then participants marched to Lafayette Park near the White House where the vigil concluded.
Prayer for Haitian Migrants
Great Creator of love and mercy
We humbly stand before you
In solidarity with the people of Haiti.
Not only are your Haitian children our neighbors,
first and foremost they are our brothers and sisters
created like us in your image.
Great Source of refuge and justice
For too long their demand for dignity has been ignored
by the leaders of our government and the people of our nation
Who are we to deny their cry for justice?
There is no moral or valid reason to ignore their pleas.
Great Spirit of breath and life
We lament the events at Del Rio –
that we commemorate today.
They were another grave act of injustice –
another burden of inhumanity placed upon their shoulders –
another self-inflicted wound to our collective soul.
God of many names
Thank you for the witness
of our Haitian brothers and sisters.
As we journey with them towards justice,
guide our steps and form our words
That our efforts may bear fruit that is just.
We ask this in all the Holy Names of God.
Good Shepherd Sister Receives Opus Prize
Sr. Catherine Mutindi, RGS, is successfully transforming communities and the lives of thousands who are working in the Kolwezi cobalt mines in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In recognition of her pioneering work to end human rights abuses, Sr. Catherine received the $1 million Opus Prize, one of the world's most prestigious awards. The Sisters are effectively addressing widespread human rights abuses - modern-day slavery - against children and women in the Kolwezi communities.
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.