Human Trafficking

“Human trafficking is a crime against humanity that threatens not just individuals, but the foundational values of society.” — Pope Francis

Brief History

The Human Trafficking Interest Group began as an outgrowth of the interest areas identified at the 2017 Leaven Assembly. Since then, the committee has largely focused on educating themselves, our community, and businesses about various forms of trafficking. Projects have included outreach to area hotels about anti-trafficking measures, the placing of national hotlines for victims of human trafficking at rest stops along the highways, and contributing funds and organizational support to others working to end human trafficking.

Human trafficking involves the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons by means of the threat or use of force or other forms of coercion. This coercion results in an individual giving consent that allows another person to have control over her/him for purposes of exploitation. Trafficking can include prostitution, other forms of sexual exploitation, forced labor or services, slavery, servitude or removal of organs. (Article 3, paragraph (a), United Nations Protocol to Prevent, Suppress and Punish Trafficking in Persons”).

The Human Trafficking Interest Group is co-chaired by Sr. Michael Delores Allegri and Sr. Vicki Lichtenauer and meets about every 6 weeks. If you are interested in joining the Human Trafficking Interest Group or learning more about what they do, you can contact the JPIC Office at or 913-758-6564.


  • Hosting a presentation by Sister Jeanne Christensen, RSM at our Mother House
  • Fair Trade chocolate project
  • Fair Trade Brand awareness campaign
  • Truckers Against Trafficking systemic change grant