Five things to know about Catholic Sisters and Human Trafficking

January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

Catholic Sisters are at the forefront of the struggle to prevent human trafficking and defend the dignity of 40.3 million people who are in forced labor, forced marriage, sexual exploitation, and domestic servitude worldwide.

Here are Five things to know about Catholic Sisters’ work to prevent human trafficking.

  1. Catholic Sisters have joined forces globally through Talitha Kum International to end human trafficking through collaborative initiatives focused on prevention, protection, social reintegration and rehabilitation of survivors, partnership and advocacy, and promoting actions that affect the systemic causes of human trafficking.


  2. The Springfield Dominican office for Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation is represented in national and international organizations that fight human trafficking.


  3. Catholic Sisters have a patron saint they call on in the struggle against human trafficking. She is St. Josephine Bakhita, a woman once enslaved who was helped to freedom by Catholic Sisters. Read more here, and stay tuned for more as we approach her feast day on February 8.


  4. US. Catholic sisters recently opened a national office to fight human trafficking and slavery. Learn more here.

  5. The Springfield Dominican Sisters passed a corporate stance against human trafficking in 2014. You can read that and our other corporate stances related to human rights here.

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