Talitha Kum International
Talitha Kum is the International Network of Consecrated Life Against Trafficking in Persons. Headquartered in Rome, Talitha Kum is part of the International Union of Superiors General (UISG), in collaboration with the Union of Superiors General (USG). Talitha Kum coordinates the anti-trafficking efforts of Religious Sisters, facilitating networking, communication and formation, according to the strategic planning of the UISG and the Social Teaching of the Catholic Church.
The members of Talitha Kum are intercongregational Sister-led national and regional networks that are linked to their national conference of Major Superiors. Each member network implements the priorities of Talitha Kum International and promotes initiatives against trafficking in persons in their particular contexts and cultures. U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USCSAHT) is the designated U.S. member of Talitha Kum.
Talitha Kum Leadership
Sister Gabriella Bottani, SMC, currently serves as the Coordinator of Talitha Kum. She is assisted by an International Coordination Committee.
Talitha Kum Intl. Coordination Committee Members
Sister Gabriella Bottani, SMC
Talitha Kum, Rome, Italy
Sister Abby Aurea Avelino, M.M.
Asia – Talitha Kum Southeast Asia
Sister Yvonne Clemence Bambara, RGS
Africa – Talitha Kum Africa
Sister Carmen Ugarte Garcia, OSR
Mexico, Central and South America
Ann Oestreich, IHM
North America – USCSAHT, CATHII
Sister Maria Luisa Puglisi, AASC
Europe – RENATE
Sister Colleen Jackson, RSC
Oceania – ACRATH, ANZRATH
10th Anniversary – September 2019
Talitha Kum International celebrated its 10th Anniversary in September 2019 in Rome. Members adopted three priority areas of structural injustice to address in the fight to end human trafficking:
1. The power differential between men and women in all sectors: economic, social, familial, political, cultural and religious.
2. The dominant model of neo-liberal development and unfettered capitalism creates situations of vulnerability that are exploited by recruiters, traffickers, employers and buyers.
3. Unjust and inadequate immigration law and policy coupled with forced migration and displacement puts people at greater risk of being trafficked.
To read the full text of the Final Declaration and other 10th Anniversary documents:
Talitha Kum Priorities (2020-2025)
Talitha Kum Prioridades (2020-2025)
Pope Francis’s speech to Talitha Kum General Assembly
Reports and Resources
Study Packet: Women and Human Trafficking
Study Packet: Neoliberalism and Human Trafficking
Talitha Kum 2021 Annual Report