Human Trafficking Resources

The School Sisters of Notre Dame are committed to educating communities on human trafficking. Learn more about how sisters and the 2019 Women’s Leadership Luncheon speakers have helped people affected by human trafficking and how they are working to eliminate this from their communities.

If you suspect trafficking, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888.
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Milwaukee’s Women’s Leadership Luncheon

Hear from featured speakers Rachel Monaco-Wilcox and Emmy Myers.

Sister Janet Crane

Sister Janet shares her experience working with people who were caught in human trafficking in St. Louis.

Kimberly Ritter

St. Louis luncheon speaker Kimberly Ritter shares how she started on her journey to end human trafficking.

Sister Helen Marie Plourde

Sister Helen Marie shares her experiences working with St. Paul, Minnesota, luncheon speaker Suzanne Koepplinger.


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Kimberly Ritter

St. Louis luncheon speaker Kimberly Ritter shares how she started on her journey to end human trafficking.


Sister Helen Plourde

Sister Helen relays her experiences working with St. Paul, Minnesota, luncheon speaker Suzanne Koepplinger.

SSND eNewsletter Articles:

SSND associates take a stand against human trafficking

March 6, 2019 – Following the example set by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, associates throughout the Central Pacific province are taking a stand against human trafficking through prayer, education and helping those who are impacted. Three human trafficking conferences were held in St. Louis, Elm Grove, Wisconsin, and Chatawa, Mississippi, in an effort to educate associates. Learn more...

A human trafficking survivor’s story

February 6, 2019 – Often the word victim is used when describing someone who has been freed from human trafficking. However, most “victims” would prefer to be known as survivors. Emmy, a survivor of human trafficking, is making an impact in her community through her 501(c)(3) organization. Learn more…

2019 Women’s Leadership Luncheons - focus on human trafficking

February 6, 2019 – The Women’s Leadership Luncheons are a way for the School Sisters of Notre Dame to continue to educate women, with an emphasis on leadership. The luncheons, held yearly, are free and bring women leaders and colleagues together to reflect on the integration of the spiritual and professional dimensions of life. In 2019, the luncheons will focus on human trafficking: the causes, who is targeted and what is being done to eradicate it. Learn more…

What is human trafficking?

January 9, 2019 – One of the most important things to know about human trafficking is that it is a multi-billion dollar criminal industry that negatively impacts communities all over the world. On average there are roughly 40.3 million people trapped in a trafficked situation. Learn more...

SSND supports the Yellow Butterfly Project

December 5, 2018 – The first Yellow Butterfly Project (YBP) conference focusing on human trafficking in the Midwest was held on Friday, September 28, 2018, at Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Missouri. The project’s name stems from the idea of a yellow butterfly transitioning from a caterpillar. In the same sense, there needs to be a metamorphosis to educate society about human trafficking. Learn more...

Spreading awareness of human trafficking

November 7, 2018 – As an adjunct professor, Sister Mary Beth Reissen has collaborated with colleagues at Webster University, in St. Louis, Missouri, in designing and teaching a college-level course on human trafficking, entitled Contemporary Slavery Human Trafficking. Learn more...

What can one person do about human trafficking?

October 3, 2018 – For Sister Jeanne Wingenter, a deeper education in the trafficking of women and children, led to a closer inspection of what she could do, as one person, to promote change. Through research, she discovered she could lessen child labor trafficking through her consumer purchases. Learn more...

Sex trafficking: Not Just a Super Bowl Issue

September 5, 2018 – Introduced to a workshop entitled “Trafficking in Women and Children,” Sister Helen Plourde was inspired to study and get involved in local, national and global activities to end human trafficking. She is active in the quarterly meetings for the Minnesota Human Trafficking Task Force (MNHTTF), a group working to develop a sustainable solution to human trafficking that would last beyond the 10-day period of 2018 Super Bowl. Learn more...

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