One cause that is at the heart of our justice mission as the Sisters of the Divine Savior is helping to put an end to human trafficking and providing support to those affected by it. Human trafficking is a modern form of slavery. It involves controlling a person through force, fraud or coercion for labor, sexual exploitation or both. It is considered the major human rights abuse of this century. The Catholic Church vehemently opposes human trafficking based on principles of Catholic social teaching rooted in the sacredness and dignity of human life.
Since 2001, the Sisters of the Divine Savior have taken initiatives on this social justice issue, both in the U.S. and globally. We have collaborated with many others in the area of combating human trafficking and slavery to bring dozens of groups and hundreds of individuals together to respond.
Another effort we have undertaken is that of education through the e-newsletter, Stop Trafficking! Published online monthly, the newsletter provides themed information on human trafficking topics with ways that readers can take action to contribute to the abolition of human trafficking.