Justice and Peace

July 30 International Day Against Human Trafficking

This year the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime UNODC is focusing on highlighting the importance of Government action in the interest of victims of trafficking. This call to action is not only to Governments, but also to each individual to take action to prevent this heinous crime.
Holy Union Sisters are members of UNANIMA International (UI), a Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) of smaller congregations of women religious at the United Nations. For many years, UNANIMA International has worked to stop the demand for trafficking of persons. In many of the places that Holy Union Sisters live and minister they have worked to combat, educate and raise awareness about this modern-day slavery.
According to the World Day Against Trafficking web page: “At any given time, an estimated 2.5 million people are trapped in modern-day slavery. Men, women and children fall into the hands of traffickers both in their own countries and abroad. Every country in the world is affected by human trafficking, whether as a country of origin, transit or destination for victims.”

Here are some resources to help you learn more about how Catholic Sisters are working to combat Human Trafficking


United States 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. Download this brochure to learn more.
A message from U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking:
Our brochure provides information on our organization, highlights the many valuable resources on our website, and provides general information on human trafficking for those who are new to this issue 
We encourage you to download and print copies of the brochure, which is 11” x 17”, from the attached pdf file. Help us spread the word far and wide about USCSAHT, and encourage others to support our work! 
To view, print, or download the PDF: Click Here

Talitha Kum
A project of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), in collaboration with the Union of Superiors General (USG) with links of religious women and men in 70 countries. While serving on the General Council, Holy Union Sister Ines Gutierrez was one of the founding members.
Talitha Kum is a network of networks, organized in many different ways, each promoting initiatives against trafficking in persons in their particular contexts and cultures.
As part of its 10th anniversary celebration, Talitha Kum has an International Traveling Photo Exhibition, Nuns Healing Hearts
Click here to take a virtual tour of the exhibit.