Survivor Assistance

“Being rescued by U.S. Immigration after four years in slavery, I am so thankful to be free. A community of Catholic sisters had a job opening for housekeeping. I worked during the day and started to go to ESL classes at night. After that I took a certified nurse assistant course, GED, computer and driving classes. These opportunities changed my life and my family’s life. The opportunity opened doors for my future and helped to make me an independent and strong woman and motivated me to give back to my community.”

—Human Trafficking Survivor

Based on such testimony the ‘Survivor Support’ working group of U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) is appealing to congregations of women religious, coalitions and individuals to assist survivors of human trafficking with education and job placement opportunities. USCSAHT is establishing a Josephine Bakhita Scholarship Fund, which will assist survivors to reach educational goals: ESL, GED, BA and BS degrees.

You can contribute in several ways:

  • Make annual donations to the Josephine Bakhita Scholarship Fund;
  • Offer a full or partial scholarship from one of your sponsored educational institutions to a survivor.
  • Offer a survivor a paid position in a setting suited to her skills.

To make a donation, please send a check made payable to U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.
In the memo line or elsewhere, please indicate that this donation is directed to the Josephine Bakhita Scholarship Fund.
Please mail your donation to: U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

Attn. Sister Kathleen Coll, SSJ
Elizabeth House
138 W. Carpenter Lane
Philadelphia, PA 19119

For more information click on the PDFs detailing the two programs below:

  1. Education Partnership on Behalf of a Human Trafficking Survivor
  2. Employment Partnership on Behalf of a Human Trafficking Survivor

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.