Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA)

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Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is a form of modern-day slavery where people profit from the control and exploitation of others. As defined under U.S. federal law, victims of human trafficking include children involved in the sex trade, adults age 18 or over who are coerced or deceived into commercial sex acts, and anyone forced into different forms of "labor or services," such as domestic workers held in a home, or farm-workers forced to labor against their will." - Polaris Project

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Q&A with Sister Marlene Weisenbeck 
Sister Marlene spoke with Global Sisters Report about the importance of collaboration in anti-trafficking work.

Read What do you wish people still knew about human trafficking?

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
FSPA partners will this organization understanding that ending slavery is everyone's work. 

Read Women religious vow solidarity in fight against human trafficking

La Crosse Task Force to End Modern Slavery

This FSPA-founded task force is made up of more than 50 persons including FSPA and affiliates, law enforcement, education, legal, social service and health care professionals working together to raise awareness about the incidence and response to victims in the La Crosse, Wisconsin area.

Follow the task force on Facebook. 

Read the La Crosse Area Survey of Resources for Victims of Human Trafficking.

The Faces of Human Trafficking video series
The Franciscans Sisters of Perpetual Adoration-founded Task Force to End Modern Slavery partnered with Breaking Free, one of the nation’s leading organizations for working with victims and survivors of sex trafficking, to create “The Faces of Human Trafficking” video series. 

7 ways you can help
the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-3737-888 if you suspect a case of human trafficking or are seeking services.

Talk and raise awareness about child labor and human trafficking with friends, family and co-workers.

Learn the indicators of human trafficking so you can help identify a potential trafficking victim.

Download helpful apps like Made In A Free World and TraffickCam. Use human trafficking toolkits to help spread the message.

Check out Know The Chain and see how well your favorite electronics and food and beverage companies are addressing forced labor risks in the supply chain. If your company is a top performer, send a letter or email to thank them for their leadership.

Encourage Congressional leaders to sponsor and vote in favor of child protection and anti-trafficking legislation.

Give your business to hotels and airlines that have signed The Code of Conduct for the Protection of Children from Sexual Exploitation in Travel and Tourism, an industry-driven initiative with the mission to provide awareness, tools and support to the tourism industry.

National Hotline: 888-373-7888 or text BeFree to 233733
La Crosse County District Attorney 608-785-9604
La Crosse Emergency Services 608-785-9634
City of La Crosse Police Department 608-785-5962
La Crosse Country Sheriff's Department 608-785-5942

Toolkits and Resources
Human Trafficking resources and toolkits

Get Involved
La Crosse Task Force - Sister Marlene Weisenbeck,
The Human Thread - Catholics for Clothing with a Conscience
5-Stones: Fighting the Giant of Sex Trafficking​​​​​​

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