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Corporate Stance on Human Trafficking We Sisters of Charity-Halifax, called to be prophetic women in a world wounded by violence and stripped of hope, are committed to make the love of God visible in our world by serving persons who are poor, especially those who through shame conceal their necessities. We stand together in a time when we hear the silent cries of victims of human trafficking, especially those women and children taken for the purposes of sexual exploitation and forced labour. We commit ourselves to work to eradicate this global human rights violation and to affirm the dignity of all human beings. Adopted 2008

Fighting Human Trafficking Slavery is a concept most of us associate with stories of the past. It’s not legal anywhere, yet according to some, there are more slaves now than at any other time in history. Today we call it human trafficking. The United Nations’ definition of human trafficking is complex, but includes three key elements. They are: The Act (What is done ) Recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons. The Means (How it is done) Threat or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, deception, abuse of power or vulnerability, or giving payments or benefits to a person in control of the victim. The Purpose (Why it is done) For the purpose of exploitation, which includes sexual exploitation, forced labour, slavery or similar practices.

With your help we can fight this modern-day slavery.

Our Sisters are fighting human trafficking Bringing Global Concerns Home

Sister Ellen Donovan

Sister Ellen Donovan lives in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, and is an active member of the Congregation’s Global Concerns Resource Team. This group researches global issues and makes recommendations on how Sisters should respond. The Team was first introduced to the issue of human trafficking in 2001 through the United Nations. Sister Ellen says, “My heart caught fire with a desire to be an advocate for victims of this modern-day slavery. Humans are being treated as objects to be sold, resold, beaten and even murdered - all for profit. I consider trafficking as the ultimate scourge against the most vulnerable in society.”

A Problem of Olympic Proportions Sister Nancy Brown works with Covenant House in Vancouver, British Columbia, serving clients who have been solicited or forced into the sex industry. Sister Nancy is also a member of several committees and organizations dedicated to fighting human trafficking and supporting its victims. Sister Nancy Brown

With the 2010 Olympic Winter Games being held in Vancouver, much of her recent work has involved ensuring measures are put in place to control human trafficking during the Games. Research into past global sporting events shows that without serious measures, a significant increase in trafficked individuals at the Olympics is all but guaranteed. Through her work with various organizations, Sister Nancy is lobbying government officials and taking advantage of opportunities to educate the public on the horrors of human trafficking, and how we can all work to stop it.

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Will YOU join our fight? Working Together

Meet Luz

Sisters Sally McLaughlin and Ann Regan, members of the Congregational Leadership Team, are working with representatives of other congregations on an Anti-Trafficking Coalition in Boston, Massachusetts. The group is looking into ways to provide a safe house for victims of trafficking in the area, something the Sisters feel fits well with their sense of charism.

Supporting New Lives In 2006 Sister Joan Dawber founded LifeWay Network in New York to help survivors of trafficking and serve as a catalyst for change. “It is all the small consistent acts of love that bring about change,” she says. The mission of LifeWay Network is to provide safe housing for trafficking survivors and to offer educational opportunities for the general public.

“I met Luz* in February 2008,” says Sister Joan Dawber. “At that point she had been in hiding for 11 months, and her trafficker was looking for her. “In her previous life, Luz had been raising three children alone. With few options for her future, she was taking sewing classes when she was trafficked to the US by a trusted teacher. Once in the US she was forced to work in a sweatshop 17 hours a day, seven days a week. At night her captors locked the doors and she slept there as well. She was watched 24 hours a day. “After 40 days of nonstop work, she asked if she could go to Mass. Her captors agreed, not expecting her to leave, as she did not know where she was and couldn’t speak English. Despite her great fear, Luz fled, running until she was exhausted. A kind stranger, who saw her fear and confusion as she tried to use a pay phone, called the police on her behalf. She was rescued and moved to safety.

Sister Joan Dawber

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“As I spoke to Luz I was struck by her courage and resilience. She wasn’t an educated woman, but had learned to speak some English and, with great courage, was willing to tell her story so that others wouldn’t suffer the way she had.” *name has been changed to protect her identity

Trafficking Facts The US Department of State estimates that between 14,500 and 17,500 people, primarily women and children, are trafficked to the United States annually. In Canada, the RCMP estimate that between 800 and 1,200 people are trafficked into Canada each year; 600 of those are women trafficked for sexual exploitation. Many children are sold to provide funds for the rest of their family. Adults are often lured away from impoverished homes with promises of travel, training and employment. Ads featuring trafficked women are often found in personal ads in local newspapers and on popular buy-and-sell websites. If you live in the United States and think you know a trafficking victim, please call the National Human Trafficking Resource Center (NHTRC) at 1-888-3737-888 to anonymously report a tip. The hotline is available 24/7 and will connect you to anti-trafficking services in your area.

Resources United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime ( US State Department ( The One Is Too Many Summit ( The Future Group ( Canadian Religious Conference ( Coalition Against Trafficking in Women ( To find out more about how Sisters of Charity fight trafficking, contact:

Sister Marie Sorenson, SC Director of Advancement Sisters of Charity-Halifax 85-10 61st Road Rego Park NY 11374 Tel: 718-205-1671 Fax: 718-651-5645

Lauren Manning

Advancement Associate Sisters of Charity-Halifax 85-10 61st Road Rego Park NY 11374 Tel: 718-424-1813 Fax: 718-651-5645

Carrie Flemming

Advancement Associate Sisters of Charity-Halifax 215 Seton Road Halifax NS B3M 0C9 Tel: 902-406-8114 Fax: 902-457-3506

Rosemary Previte

Advancement Associate Sisters of Charity-Halifax 125 Oakland Street Wellesley Hills MA 02481 Tel: 781-997-1210 Fax: 781-416-0939

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