My first couple of weeks at the Columban Center for Advocacy and Outreach (CCAO) as an intern have been packed full of learning information and reaching out to fellow groups and organizations advocating for social justice.
My most prominent experience at CCAO so far included attending a working group meeting with members of the Justice for Immigrants group within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. Not only did I learn more about extensive congressional legislation related to immigration, I witnessed a Christian-based organization going forth in the name of Christ to advocate for human rights and justice for all people.
I am ecstatic to be an intern here at CCAO because not only do I have the opportunity to work on issues that I’m passionate about but also have the chance to express my faith while doing so. There are important issues that our country faces, and as the leaders of today and tomorrow, we should be equipped in knowledge of the tasks before us.
Working on topics such as migration and human trafficking allows me to become knowledgeable of the issues in multiple countries like Myanmar (Burma), Taiwan, and the region along the U.S.-Mexico border. These are the three regions that I focus on in my research at CCAO. I follow the news and recent legislation regarding these three regions and report on it, which assists CCAO in producing action alerts and communicating to Congress the important legislation needed to protect the rights of U.S. citizens as well as foreign nationals.
In the near future, I look forward to attending more advocacy-based events that allow me to voice my opinion and express the urgency of these issues. Christ said that the second greatest commandment was to love your neighbor as you love yourself (Matthew 22:39). I can show my neighbors, brothers and sisters worldwide this love by first advocating for their rights and liberties while here at CCAO.