Inspired by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the National Advocacy Center advocates on a national level for laws that benefit the poor and the disenfranchised – particularly families, women and children.
Women & Children
NAC seeks justice for women and children; for those who are trafficked, forced to migrate and oppressed by abject poverty.
NAC calls and acts to free those who are oppressed by poverty and economic inequities and to advocate for equality in health care.
Immigration & Refugees
NAC is committed to working for compassionate and comprehensive immigration reform to better the lives of refugees and migrants in our nation.
Our Advocacy Priorities for 2021
Prevent Human Trafficking
Both here and overseas – including runaway youth
Increase labeling of goods to reduce forced labor and child labor
Highlight root causes of human trafficking
End Domestic Violence
Including making it more difficult for persons convicted of partner abuse to obtain guns
Fight Poverty / Work for Economic Justice
Push for full economic equality for women in the workplace
Secure adequate housing for all
Protect low-income programs to meet the emerging needs in communities nationwide
Guarantee basic safety net programs
Cut wasteful spending in the Pentagon
Support progressive tax reform
Increase minimum wage
Increase public health funding and resources
Promote Comprehensive and Compassionate Immigration Reform
Support TPS holders
End Remain in Mexico Policy
Increase number of asylum seekers welcomed into the U.S.
Increase number of refugees welcomed by U.S.
Support pathway to citizenship for DACA recipients, undocumented immigrants, including a safe haven for immigrants and refugees fleeing poverty and violence
Reduce “push” factors
Oppose any religion-based criteria for admission of refugees
Ban private prisons
Eliminate unjust restrictions to the ballot box
Reform criminal justice system
Protect the Environment
Seek a deeper respect for God’s creation
Engage in activities that deal with environmental problems, particularly as they affect people living in poverty
Reduce Gun Violence
Support reasonable regulations of firearms to minimize gun-related homicides and suicides, especially extreme risk protection orders and universal background checks
Since its founding, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd has been devoted to the care, rehabilitation and education of those in difficulty, especially women and girls.
Building on the community's expressed desire to explicitly link its direct services to work for change in the structures of society, Good Shepherd Position Papers were written following the 2009 Congregational Chapter of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. The papers clearly articulate a longstanding commitment to social justice, and outline the issues of particular importance to the religious community.
Learn about these focus areas and how the National Advocacy Center is addressing them through its work on Capitol Hill.
Excerpts from position papers are included on the Issue pages; to read the position papers in their entirety, click here.