Benedictine Academy Students Visit UN

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ELIZABETH—Students from Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth, an all-female Catholic college prep high school, traveled to the United Nations in Manhattan.

The Academy’s “SHAC SQUAD” (Students Helping All Children) met with the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime on March 8 on the pressing issue of human trafficking in the United States and across the globe.

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The young women met around a conference table with Shashi Kara and three other UN lawyers, learning about the inner workings of the UN General Assembly and Security Council to help protect the rights of the human person, through resolutions, proclamations and protocols. “The Security Council has primary responsibility, under the Charter, for the maintenance of international peace and security,” shared Kara.

The Benedictine Academy students presented their human trafficking banner and pledge signed by the school community to the UN officials. They shared their commitment to do something to stop human trafficking by raising awareness with other schools and businesses in the local communities, and their advocacy campaign in the chocolate industry against child slave labor.

“The United Nations meeting was both empowering and inspiring for everyone who attended the meeting,” Benedictine Academy Campus Minster Linda Michalski said. “Our ‘Students in Action’ Leadership Team united their hearts to the United Nations Office of Drug and Crime and will continue their hard work to combat trafficking of children and young women,” she added.

Shashi Kara, a United Nations attorney (standing, far right) met with students from Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth at the UN on March 8. The students met with the UNODC (United Nations Office of Drug and Crime) on the pressing issue of Human Trafficking in the United States and across the globe. The young women met with Kara and three other UN lawyers, learning about the inner workings of the UN General Assembly and Security Council to help protect the rights of the human person. Students pictured are (clockwise from bottom left): Kelly Amorim, Crismeldy Segura, Samantha Frejuste, Anglin Thevarajah and, partially hidden, Samantha Herrejon.


Benedictine Academy Sophomore Kelly Amorim (far right) holds a pledge signed by her school community during her trip to the United Nations in NYC on March 8. Amorim and fellow students belonging to the school’s “SHAC SQUAD” (Students Helping All Children) met with representatives in the UN Office of Drug and Crime to learn more about Human Trafficking and, to share the school’s efforts to fight such atrocities. Shashi Kara (standing, rear, center), the UN lawyer who met with the students from the Academy, commended the school for “creating informed and involved world citizens”. Students are also holding a Human Trafficking banner they created to draw attention to the problem. Pictured with S. Kara are Benedictine Academy students (l-r, standing): Heidy Isabel, Samantha Herrejon, (S. Kara), Norky Diaz; Anglin Thevarajah and Crismeldy Segura (holding banner); Michelle Colonia, Samantha Frejuste, Shana Lugay, and Kelly Amorim. Kneeling are (l-r) Kai Alexander and Shervonne Gittens.

Photos courtesy of Benedictine Academy


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