About us

The Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Loreto Generalate) is an international congregation of Catholic Women Religious. It opened its NGO office in New York in September 2003, having received Associate Status with the Department of Public Information of the United Nations. In 2015 it was granted special consultative status with ECOSOC. The worldwide IBVM Network is present at the United Nations where the voice of civil society is of increasing importance in multilateral decisions on vision and goals aimed at encouraging the human community to peaceful and respectful collaboration in a way that benefits all people and our planet.

IBVM Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking: At the General Congregation held in September 2014 at Loyola, Spain, the following statement was adopted: “As members of the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary, an international and multicultural congregation of women religious, we pledge to work for the eradication of all forms of human trafficking and its causes, particularly among women and children, wherever we live and minister”.

Read more about the history of the IBVM, its representatives and the impact they have made 10 years being at the United Nations HERE