Anti-Human Trafficking Educational Toolkits Distributed to Wisconsin Parishes

by Emily Anderson

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The LCWR Region 9 Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force has prepared educational toolkits about human trafficking and distributed them to every Catholic parish in Wisconsin.

The goals of the task force are to raise awareness of the issue of human trafficking in Wisconsin and to promote the National Human Trafficking Hotline to encourage people to report tips and encourage victims to call for help.

The LCWR Region 9 Anti-Human Trafficking Task Force consists of Sister and layperson representatives from multiple Congregations including the Racine Dominicans, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes, Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, and also the Wisconsin Catholic Conference. The group is working with all five Wisconsin Diocesan offices and their social justice representatives to promote and encourage usage of the toolkits. Toolkit production and distribution was funded by a grant by one of the participating Congregations.

The toolkits, which were mailed directly to each parish in Wisconsin in February, consist of the following:

  • A cover letter from LCWR-Wisconsin Region 9 President Sister Pat Cormack;
  • A letter of support signed by Wisconsin’s five bishops;
  • A Wisconsin Resources sheet listing anti-human trafficking speakers, advocacy groups, web sites, videos and more;
  • Infographics explaining Wisconsin statistics on labor trafficking and sex trafficking;
  • A Power Point presentation which defines human trafficking, its prevalence in Wisconsin and resources;
  • Business-card sized cards featuring the National Human Trafficking Hotline to be distributed to parishioners;
  • The DVD “Chosen,” a 20-minute documentary created by Shared Hope International;
  • The DVD “What Does Human Trafficking Look Like in Wisconsin,” a presentation by Sister Celine Goessl, SCSC, with a facilitator’s guide; and
  • A flash drive containing all the toolkit components.

Digital copies of the information contained in the toolkit, with the exception of the DVDs, can be downloaded here: http://www.gbfranciscans.org/justice-peace/anti-human-trafficking

The task force will be doing a follow-up survey with all parishes this summer to determine how the toolkits were used. Components of the toolkit are available to be tailored to other state’s statistics. For more information about the toolkit components, please contact Emily Anderson, Communications Director for the Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, at eanderson@ssm-uscaribbean.org.

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Used with permission, Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, June 2016

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