The Bakhita Empowerment Initiative of Catholic Charities provides direct assistance and case management to survivors of human trafficking. The program also aims to educate the community about human trafficking, as well as how to identify individuals who are being forced or coerced for the purpose of sexual exploitation or labor.

The Bakhita Empowerment Initiative works with willing clients who are seeking ways to emancipate themselves. The program’s staff encourages self-liberation as opposed to “rescuing” clients. This approach restores power, which is vital to achieving self-sufficiency.

The program was named in honor of St. Josephine Bakhita, the patron saint of human-trafficking survivors. Click here to learn more about St. Bakhita.