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We are Talitha Kum

Ten years ago the Catholic Church created a network of religious sisters throughout the world to combat the scourge of human trafficking and slavery, one of the greatest moral challenges of our time.
Today, the “Talitha Kum” network spans 77 countries and involves over 2,000 nuns who have devoted their lives to the victims and the survivors of trafficking.
Inspired by the Gospel and by the leadership of Pope Francis, whose condemnation of human trafficking has been robust and frequent, the sisters share one mission: to rid the world of this evil through a sustained focus on Prevention, Protection and Social Rehabilitation.

The campaign

The Nuns Healing Hearts campaign is officially launched by Pope Francis on May 10th at the Vatican, to celebrate the 10th anniversary of Talitha Kum combating Human Trafficking around the world.
The Sisters usually live and work on the ground in the very communities where the trafficking is taking place. They live day by day in the community with victims and survivors.
Everyone understands sexual exploitation, but there are different kinds of slavery; whether they are young fishermen in Thailand, or children working in mines in Ghana, the Sisters are there beside them.
In over 77 countries on 5 continents, thousands of nuns work tirelessly on our behalf to make sure that the victims and survivors know that they are not forgotten.
This exhibition shows their work in Guatemala, Mexico, Phillipines, Thailand, Italy and the United States.
We give thanks for their service over the past 10 years and we pray for – and support – their efforts in the next 10 years for the eradication of Human Trafficking.

Human trafficking injures humanity with brutal violence.
Nuns Healing Hearts: Images of hope which show daily gestures of sisterhood, encounters caring for wounded dignity and journey towards freedommade together. Conquering the evil of trafficking in persons with good (cf. Rom. 12:21) is a subversive action that condemns any kind of exploitation.

Sr. Gabriella Bottani, smc
Coordinator of Talitha Kum

Lisa Kristine

American humanitarian photographer, activist and speaker.
She creates more than images, she inspires change.
A master storyteller, Lisa documents indigenous cultures in more than 100 countries on six continents, instinctively identifying the universal human dignity in all of us. Awakening compassion and igniting action for a worldwide audience with powerful, broad-sweeping images of courage and tender, intimate portrayals, Lisa elevates significant social causes, in this case the scourge of human trafficking.

Her work resonates in our hearts and moves us to act. Known for her evocative and intense use of color, her fine art prints are among the most sought after and collected in the world. She is the founder of Human Thread Foundation.


I want to help
Please donate via PayPal to help the sister’s work.
100% of your gift goes direct to a Talitha Kum nun, like Sister Maria working on the ground.

By supporting the “Nuns Healing Hearts” campaign, in the next 12 months you will be helping:

To train and empower 600 new women religious as leaders in their communities around the world, helping them to identify and combat situations where trafficking occurs every day.
The annual rehabilitation of 500-800 survivors of trafficking, by addressing their social as well as psychological needs through educational and training programs and other activities.
The return of 100 survivors in emergency situations every year to their homes or a safe location.
To increase the number of Talitha Kum networks by 20% in the next five years, where the need is greatest, collaborating locally and nationally with other networks and partners.
A pilot project to improve communications between networks fighting trafficking in Source, Transit and Destination countries and enhance our ability to effectively collect data in a secure and confidential way.

Heroes come in all sort of shapes and sizes…