Founding

Mercy International Association (MIA) was founded in 1994 by the leaders of Sisters of Mercy Congregations throughout the world, as a global humanitarian response to the needs of the poor and marginalized.

Mercy International Association coordinates action and advocacy in more than 40 countries and territories, with a special focus on global initiatives to eradicate poverty, eradicate human trafficking and promote sustainable development. By mobilizing resources across the world to address needs in specific communities, MIA assures the most efficient and informed response to needs and crises. When Mercy enters a country to address a catastrophic emergency, such as Haiti, it carefully assesses the situation, determines which services are not being provided by other organizations in the country, and fills the gap.

Since 1998, MIA has maintained Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) status at the United Nations. This seat enables Sisters worldwide to influence policies on poverty, women’s rights and safety, social development, and environmental sustainability.

From Mercy’s heritage home in Dublin, known as the Mercy International Centre, MIA coordinates key global initiatives around the areas of the world where Mercy maintains a presence.