Pandemic Impacts on Preventing and Assisting Victims of Human Trafficking in Catholic Ministries

A joint webinar by the USCCB, CHA and the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking
Feb. 2, 2022
3 to 4 p.m. ET

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This 60-minute webinar will focus on the impact of the pandemic on identifying, assisting and overall efforts to eradicate human trafficking. Presenters from various Catholic ministries will share how they've had to make adjustments and pivot through the various stages and phases of the pandemic amidst a change in administrations. Specifically, topics to be addressed include:

  • Religious congregations' continued work across Catholic organizations and national and community groups to collaborate on activities to prevent human trafficking in all its forms
  • Adjustments made by the broader church to prevent human trafficking during the pandemic period.
  • Health care's pivot amidst the stresses of the pandemic to be able to provide trauma-informed care and assistance
  • Policy updates related to trafficking

This webinar is part of the commemoration held on February 8 – the World Day of Prayer, Reflection and Action Against Human Trafficking – which is the liturgical memorial of St. Josephine Bakhita - a slave girl who became a saint and a universal symbol of the Church's commitment against slavery. It is jointly sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' Department of Migration and Refugee Services, the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA) and the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.


Feb. 2, 2022
3 - 4 p.m. ET (Please adjust accordingly for your time zone)

Registration Fee:

This event is free of charge.


Holly Gibbs

Holly Gibbs
System Director, Human Trafficking Response Program
CommonSpirit Health

Laura Krausa, MNM

Laura Krausa, MNM
System Director, Advocacy Programs
CommonSpirit Health

Sister Maria Orlandini, OSF

Sister Maria Orlandini, OSF
Director of Advocacy
Franciscan Action Network

Jennifer Reyes Lay

Jennifer Reyes Lay
Executive Director
US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

David P. Spicer

David P. Spicer, JD
Policy Advisor
Migration and Refugee Services (MRS)
U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Certificate of Attendance

Please note: CHA does not offer Continuing Education Units (CEU) for any programs. Participants will receive an email with information on how to acquire a Certificate of Attendance following the program (typically included in the program evaluation email). Certificates of Attendance may be submitted to relevant organizations that accept proof of contact hours as credit. These include:

American College of Healthcare Executives: American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members may self-report qualifying CEUs using the contact hour information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance. To self-report, log in as a member on the ACHE site; use the link on the left-hand side to self-report applicable contact hours for CEU credit.

NACC Board Certified Chaplains: National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) board certified chaplain members may self-report their continuing education hours (CEH's) using the contact hours information provided on their CHA Certificate of Attendance.

For further information regarding Certificates of Attendance, please contact CHA's Programs and Learning Department at [email protected].

Can't Participate in the Live Event?

If your schedule doesn't permit you to participate in the live event, please register (FREE for CHA members) so that you will automatically receive a link to the archived version of the webinar.

CHA Member Benefit

CHA's webinars are designed to offer timely, convenient, relevant, cost-effective education about key topics and issues.


The right to change speakers or to modify program content is reserved by CHA. 

During the meeting, you may be recorded by CHA staff or its designated contractor. By your attendance or participation at the meeting, you agree that CHA may copy, record and/or distribute in any such form your participation and involvement in any meeting session, activity or event. No persons or organizations other than CHA or its designated contractor may audiotape any portion of the meeting without prior written permission of CHA. 

CHA reserves the right to decline registrations and refund fees.


For more information contact the CHA Service Center or Julie Trocchio, senior director, community benefit and continuing care.