USCSAHT Staff & Board
The current structure of U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking consists of a Board of Directors, Staff, Committees, and Working Groups. All members of USCSAHT are invited to join one of the working groups.
USCSAHT Board of Directors
Board members are elected for 3 year terms, participate in quarterly meetings, and serve on at least one committee and/or working group.
Kathleen Bryant, RSC
South Bend, IN
Jeanne Christensen, RSM
Kathleen Coll, SSJ
Sally Duffy, SC
Michelle Loisel, DC
Judy Molosky, CSJ
Los Angeles, CA
Maryann Agnes Mueller, CSSF
Ann Oestreich, IHM
North America – USCSAHT, CATHII
Maria Elena Perales
Anne Victory, HM
Teresa Ann Wolf, OSB
Bridget Bearss, RSCJ
Survivor Advisory Council
The Executive Committee consists of the Board President, Treasurer, and Secretary, as well as the Executive Director who serves in an ex-officio role. The Executive Committee oversees the overall work of USCSAHT and its committees and working groups; sets the agenda for board meetings; and monitors progress in meeting the goals and objectives of the strategic plan.
The Committee works to ensure the financial stability of the organization by ensuring development and fundraising programs are in concert with USCSAHT strategic direction and needs; working with USCSAHT staff in designing and implementing development and capital plans; developing the organization’s annual operating budget and other financial plans for Board approval; ensuring complete financial records are maintained and helping the Board understand the organization’s financial affairs.
The purpose of the Governance Committee is to ensure ongoing review of board effectiveness and make recommendations to enhance the quality and future viability of the board. The focus of the committee revolves around the following areas: Recruiting, Nominating, Orienting new Board members, and Developing ongoing educational opportunities for the entire board.
The Membership Committee of USCSAHT is charged with growing membership in the organization among congregations of religious, coalitions and partnerships, and individuals who share common values in the work to end human trafficking. The committee maintains processes for welcoming new members and renewal of membership; explores opportunities to include members from additional demographics; outlines the benefits of membership; and collaborates with other committees to address the needs of members.
The advocacy working group supports the organization and its members in raising their voices in support of legislation, administrative policies, and business practices that guarantee the human rights of all people and seek to end modern-day slavery of every type.
This working group advocates for national legislation that addresses the human rights violations against trafficked persons; and allocates resources for human trafficking victims’ essential services; builds positive relationships with legislators and their staffs, other advocates in coalitions, and USCSAHT members; provides legislative and policy updates for inclusion on USCSAHT’s website, including action alerts for response by members and others; and participates in events or actions addressing human trafficking as appropriate.
The Communications working group works with the Executive Director to prepare and implement the communications/marketing plan for USCSAHT. This includes all communications through the USCSAHT website and social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram). This working group also proposes and plans marketing initiatives, e.g. Giving Tuesday, end of year giving, etc.
The goal of the Education/Resource working group is to raise awareness of human trafficking and reflection on how one’s faith affects his/her response to trafficking.
This working group is responsible for providing or identifying existing faith-based educational resources about different aspects of human trafficking.
Currently these resources include modules, webinars and links to other various media. We seek to engage members with expertise on different aspects of trafficking to help with writing modules, presenting at webinars sponsored by USCSAHT and helping with exhibits at meetings which serve to educate people about human trafficking and the USCSAHT.
The Faith Resources working group supports the organization and its members in implementing the practices and teachings of our Catholic faith in our work to end human trafficking by creating or identifying existing opportunities for prayer and theological reflection.
The Survivor Support working group empowers survivors by networking with sister-run houses throughout the country providing services to survivors and facilitating access to education and employment opportunities.
This working group reaches out to congregations, associates, colleagues and business partners to create links to education and employment; creates and shares best practices for trauma-informed care of survivors including mentoring and spiritual accompaniment; and encourages survivor participation in decision making.