The Sisters of the Holy Family – founded in San Francisco in 1872 with their Motherhouse in Fremont – have received the FBI’s annual Director’s Community Leadership Award for their anti-human trafficking work. During the award ceremony, Acting Special Agent in Charge Joel Moss of the FBI’s San Francisco field office told them that “they personify the true meaning of the award by identifying a need and making it their mission to raise awareness of some of the worst crimes against our youth,” and for “making a difference in our community.”
Sister Gladys Guenther, president of the Sisters of the Holy Family, said the 55 sisters, ranging in age from the 50s through 90s, committed themselves to participating on whatever level they each felt was possible. Some collected or made things – blankets, clothing and toiletries – for human trafficking victims in shelters. Others took part in last year’s walk-a-thon, which raised $5,000 for local organizations providing direct services to victims. Still others underwent the six-month training course and began making presentations on human trafficking to civic groups and faith communities throughout the Bay Area. They spoke with parents and children about Internet safety and pushed for anti-trafficking legislation. The award recognized that, through their combined efforts, the sisters had become a vital link between law enforcement agencies, faith communities and community resources.
“It was interesting to receive the award,” said Sister Gladys. “But it’s more gratifying to know that the small efforts we made have raised awareness of human trafficking to the public.”
Learn more at Dana Perrigan’s Catholic San Francisco article: Holy Family sisters honored for fighting human trafficking.