FADICA’s report that studies what Catholic colleges and universities across the U.S. are doing to combat human trafficking has been featured in a new article by National Catholic Reporter on January 11, 2019, National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Agents of Awakening: Review of Anti-Human Trafficking Activities at U.S. Catholic Colleges and Universities was spearheaded by FADICA’s International Philanthropy Working Group, in which FADICA members take action on international, critical areas of concern for Catholic philanthropists.
FADICA member the Incarnate Word Foundation (St. Louis) was instrumental in launching Fontbonne University’s human trafficking awareness training as part its social work clinical program. A network of social workers concerned with the cause formed as a result. The Catholic university’s efforts are featured in the report, along with 101 other schools (nearly 50% of those initially researched) across the nation engaged in anti-trafficking activites, illustrating that Catholic colleges and universities are “indispensible in the fight against human trafficking.”
The research project would not have been possible without the creative ideas and inspiring support of FADICA’s International Philanthropy Affinity Group and especially members Maureen O’Leary (William M. and Miriam F. Meehan Foundation), Ted Bremekamp (Raskob Foundation for Catholic Activities), and Bridget McDermott Flood (Incarnate Word Foundation).