Education & Employment

You Can Make a Difference

“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

There Are Several Ways to Help

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.

1. Donate Towards Scholarships

Make annual donations to the Josephine Bakhita Scholarship Fund to provide educational scholarships to survivors

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. Jennifer Reyes Lay
USCSAHT
2039 N. Geyer Rd.
St. Louis, MO 63131

2. Offer A Scholarship

Offer a full or partial scholarship from one of your sponsored educational institutions to a survivor.

USCSAHT is building a support network of partners willing to offer educational opportunities to women who have come from situations of enslavement and exploitation. Such a survivor of human trafficking often does not have education beyond GED. Your partnership would help her begin higher education and/or job-training courses that would help her toward self-reliance.

Responsibilities of Survivors

They understand the policies and guidelines that govern the educational institution and career path and demonstrate the ability to perform at the appropriate level of competence with mentoring support.

Responsibilities of the Educator

• Institution offers clear guidelines about course performance and grade point average expectations.

• Institution has appropriate counseling and tutoring opportunities to assist the potential student.

• Institution establishes a mentor relationship that will provide friendship and support to the student.

• Institution offers appropriate financial aid and/or work/study opportunities to enable potential student to manage obligations beyond what the educational institution is able to offer gratis.

3. Job Opportunities

Offer a survivor a paid position in a setting suited to her skills.

The U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking Coalition is building a support network of partners willing to offer job training, job mentoring, and/or employment opportunities to women who have come from situations of enslavement and exploitation. Such a survivor of human trafficking often does not have a work history or adequate references. Your partnership would help her build a résumé, gain significant references, and find work that would help her toward self-reliance.

Responsibilities of Survivors

They understand the policies and guidelines that govern the job and demonstrate the ability to perform at the appropriate level of competence, after adequate mentoring, training, and probation.

Responsibilities of the Employer

• Supervisors present potential worker with guidelines about work performance and employee expectations.

• Supervisors have appropriate training and probationary opportunities in place to assist potential worker until such time as she can perform duties independently and accurately.

• Supervisors establish a mentor relationship with another employee, who can provide friendship and support until the potential worker is confident on her own in the work setting.

More Information

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