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

Interfaith Prayer ServiceHuman Trafficking task force logo

International Day of Prayer for Human Trafficking artwork

Listen to the audio from the International Day of Prayer and Awareness interfaith prayer service.

UW-La Crosse student spreads awareness of human trafficking

Chantal Zimmerman, a feature reporter for University of Wisconsin-La Crosse's The Racquet, recently featured Sister Marlene and the task force's work to end modern slavery. “I always say this, memorize the national human sex trafficking hotline number, 1-888-373-7888, if you see something call that number,” Weisenbeck said. “First of all call 911 at home, at least get the police involved in what you think you are seeing even if you are not sure.” Read UWL student spreads awareness of human sex trafficking

Human Trafficking Awareness: 30 ways to help end modern slavery
The La Crosse Task Force to End Modern Slavery honored January 2019 as human trafficking awareness month by participating in daily events to help end modern slavery. We invite you to pick a month during 2019 and add these daily suggestions:

Light a candle and pray for a perpetrator
Take a survivor to dinner today; find out how you can help with personal needs
Find out who can provide pro bono legal assistance to survivors
Join a task force initiative and help in whatever ways are needed

Download 30 ways to help end modern slavery

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. 

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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