Thank you for your interest in Bakhita House.
When Bakhita House opened its doors in 2011 to women victims of Human Trafficking, it was the only Safe House for this purpose in New England. Responding to a plea from law enforcement, Catholic Sisters serving in the archdiocese of Boston collaborated to provide a safe and loving home for the women.
Because our model was built on the contributed service of Sisters living in this home, there was always the question of how long there would be Sisters able to provide this service. Over the past year, we explored the possibility of hiring lay staff, but realized that just wages for 24 hour service were prohibitive for us. Appeals to religious congregations have made it clear that there are no Sisters able to take on this ministry.
Within the next few months, our ministry at Bakhita House will come to completion so we are no longer able to accept new residents. We are grateful for the opportunity we have had to be involved in the lives of fifty women who have been exploited for sex or for labor. We are also very grateful for the prayers, financial and moral support which we have received from so many.
Thankfully, there is much more awareness of human trafficking than there was ten years ago, but the need is still very great. We encourage you to Check out Stop Trafficking, an Anti-Human Trafficking Newsletter at http://www.stopenslavement.org/ This resource is made possible through national and international congregations of women religious and their partners.
Need Help? In U.S. call 1 (888) 373-7888, the National Human Trafficking Resource Center for 24 – 7 assistance. Languages: English, Spanish, and 200 more languages! http://www.traffickingresourcecenter.org