U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

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 in an effort to eradicate modern-day slavery. As a member of Talitha Kum International, we are connected to a global network of women religious working to end human trafficking. (Learn more here)

Take Action

Tell Nestle and Cargill "No Child Slaves in my Chocolate!"

As part of our ongoing focus this year on ending child labor, we encourage you to send a direct message to Nestle and Cargill to stop using child labor - a form of human trafficking - in the harvesting of the cocoa used in their chocolate. A recent human rights case against them was recently dismissed by the Supreme Court, but they still need to be held accountable. We encourage you to contact them at the handles or emails below to let them know you do not support the use of child slaves in their chocolate supply chain and will not be purchasing their products until they change their practices. 

Twitter: @Cargill and @CargillEMEA or Facebook
Twitter: @Nestle and @NestleUSA or Facebook  
Nestle CEO Mark Schneider: mark.schneider@nestle.com
Nestle Executive VP Laurent Freixe: laurent.freixe@nestle.com
Nestle USA CEO Steve Presley: steve.presley@us.nestle.com
Nestle USA VP Molly Fogarty: molly.fogarty@us.nestle.com

Support the Debt Bondage Repair Act

One barrier that survivors face on their road to recovery is damaged credit which impacts their ability to become financially independent, secure housing, and apply for loans. One piece of survivor-informed legislation that has recently passed the House and has been introduced in the Senate is the Debt Bondage Repair Act of 2021 (S.2040). This bill prohibits a consumer reporting agency from reporting adverse credit information about a consumer that is the result of severe human trafficking. This common-sense solution helps survivors regain their livelihood and get a fresh start in life. 

We encourage you to join in the action alert created by our friends at the Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Advocacy Center to contact your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor and support this bill.

Listening to Survivors' Voices

It is vital in the work to end human trafficking to listen to survivors' stories and experiences, and allow them to shape our collective work and priorities. You can find recommended videos and books by survivors on our website and also read some stories of survivors impacted by the support of Catholic Sisters by clicking the button below. Help us amplify the voices of survivors to lead the way!

Learn more here

Learn More about Human Trafficking

Ongoing education is key to helping prevent and recognize signs of human trafficking. Take some time this July 30th to learn more about human trafficking through engaging one of our educational modules or reading through past issues of our Stop Trafficking Newsletter, categorized by topic. Human trafficking is a wide-spread and diverse crime impacting many different populations, so there is always more to learn!

Learn more here

Spanish Prayer Service for July 30

On July 30th at 11:00am EST join the Conference of Women Religious of Latin America (CLAR) and Talitha Kum networks throughout Latin America for a special prayer and reflection in Spanish for the World Day Against Trafficking in Persons. You can see an agenda of the event here, and click below for the zoom link to join live.

Talitha Kum

On July 30th, Talitha Kum invites all networks, partners and friends to join our online activation marking the UN’s World Day Against Trafficking in Persons.

Together, we want to tell a story of care. Our aim is to show that care can make a difference along every step of the journey to combat human trafficking – care for those at risk, care for victims, and care for survivors.

OUR PLAN: On July 22nd, Talitha Kum Rome channels on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook will launch the Care Against Trafficking campaign, updating our banners and profiles. In the following week, we’ll invite our supporters to join the activation on July 30th.

Learn more here

Exploring Intersections: Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate.

July Episode: Exploring Ending Human Trafficking

How can we help those we cannot see? How does one empower those who are in chains? Human trafficking, as far-reaching and insidious as a global pandemic, knows no boundaries — whether by online home invasions or physical coercions dressed as dreams.

Watch the webinar recording or listen to the podcast version here.