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USCSAHT – Expanding Awareness and Supporting Survivors of Human Trafficking

Help USCSAHT reduce human trafficking through a network of services and resources

The Situation

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking is a collaborative, faith-based national network that offers education, supports access to survivor services, and engages in advocacy to eradicate modern-day slavery. We envision a world without slavery with a network of services and resources to inform the public, prevent the crime and assist survivors to achieve a fulfilling life.

Human trafficking is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of persons by improper means (such as force, abduction, fraud, or coercion) for an improper purpose including forced labor or sexual exploitation. It is a global epidemic that reaches every corner of the earth, and those responsible make billions of dollars in profit each year. 

The International Labor Organization estimates there are around 40 million victims of human trafficking globally; 75 percent of them are women and girls. One in four victims is a child. 

The Sisters’ Response

In April 2013, a group of Catholic sisters gathered in Washington D.C. as part of a White House meeting on human trafficking. They formed a national network of women religious to collaborate with the common goal of ending human trafficking and supporting survivors. Since 2013, the network has grown to more than 100 congregations of women religious all across the country, as well as dozens of coalitions and individuals who are committed to the cause. USCSAHT is governed by a board of directors and in July 2019 hired its first executive director.  

Funds Needed: $75,000

How funds will be used:

  • $25,000 to grow our communications outreach and develop more Spanish language and translation materials 
  • $25,000 to host an in-person gathering of members of our network from across the country in order to strengthen connections and increase response capacity
  • $25,000 to provide support and mentoring to survivors 

Systemic Impact

Because of the large network of religious life and the institutions founded by Catholic sisters, USCSAHT has been able to reach tens of thousands of people across the country and across the world in our mission to end human trafficking.

Members of USCSAHT have been active in opening safe houses for survivors and providing services for their healing and reintegration. Members of the education committee have created many educational modules for use by churches, schools, businesses, and individuals and given presentations throughout the country. Through public witness and advocacy they have encouraged Congress to take action to protect victims of human trafficking and address root causes such as poverty, violence and climate change.

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