Sixteen Catholic sisters from across the United States gathered in Washington, D.C., to continue and strengthen their efforts to raise awareness of the crime of human trafficking, address the complex needs of survivors of both labor and sex trafficking, and advocate for more effective legislation to both increase available resources for victim needs and eradicate this crime.
Several of the sisters participated in the White House Summit “Taking Action to Eradicate Modern-Day Slavery: Convening for Civil Society Leaders,” September 16 at the White House. Summit participants included heads of religious denominations, rabbis and nuns, CEOs of large nonprofits organizations such as the United Way and Girl Scouts, foundation leaders, along with human trafficking survivors and experts, all united in their interest to join forces to eradicate modern-day slavery. Participants discussed ways their organizations can work together to raise awareness to educate both professionals and the public, identify victims, expand services for survivors and eliminate slavery in the goods and products.
Building on the momentum, the Catholic sisters spent the following day formulating their initial vision and mission based on their particular niche in this work and the skills and expertise they bring to the table. Their broad networks and experience of collaborating with many others for the sake of mission provide some solid grounding for the work ahead.
Learn more at Sarah’s Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, Kansas article: U.S. Catholic sisters work to end human trafficking.