Sex trafficking is 'rooted in structure of society,' says speaker

The fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation may need its own #MeToo moment, according to a leading trafficking opponent. Good Shepherd Sr. Winifred Doherty, who is her religious congregation's representative to the United Nations, observed that sex trafficking, "a debasement of the human person," is "rooted in the structure of society, and more so today."

French sisters shelter women against human traffickers, prostitution

Paris - The community of the Handmaids of the Blessed Sacrament and of Charity, or Sisters Adoratrices, was founded in Spain to minister to women who were prostitutes; in France today, the sisters continue to help women who were trafficked from other countries and who likewise need assistance leaving prostitution work they were forced into.

At Haitian-Dominican border, shelter protects children vulnerable to human trafficking

Human trafficking is a potent global issue to religious sisters and their colleagues within Catholic humanitarian networks. The Sisters of St. John the Evangelist combat trafficking in Haiti through Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, a shelter for potentially trafficked children and unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

Papal encounter in Cartagena

Shall I start with the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia? Or shall I begin with the extraordinary surprise of meeting the pope? Shall I talk about the girls who suffer so many risks in a world of social inequality? Actually, each of these elements, as they converged during a papal visit in September, caused me to look anew at my own life. For 34 years, I have been a Sister of the Good Shepherd. I am a Colombian whose life has held an ordinary history of joys, lights and shadows.

Q & A with Sr. Joan Dawber, providing secure housing for victims of trafficking

Sr. Joan Dawber is the founder and executive director of LifeWay Network, an organization in the New York City metropolitan area that provides secure housing for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking. She spoke to GSR about the importance of community living in LifeWay Network's work.