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HUMAN TRAFFICKING: Fil-Am Nun Is New Leader Of Anti-Human Trafficking Network

A Filipino-American nun has assumed the leadership of Talitha Kum, a worldwide network of religious nuns against human trafficking. Sr. Aurea “Abby” Avelino (in photo) of the Maryknoll Sisters of St. Dominic was born in Batangas province’s Tanauan town, but later immigrated to the US and settled in California with her family.

As a missionary, she worked in Japan’s capital of Tokyo for 16 years. She became involved with the Talitha Kum Japan in 2016, focusing on the pastoral accompaniment of migrant workers, particularly Filipino women, and victims and survivors of human trafficking.

Her role as global coordinator includes empowering and nurturing the growth of the networks and strengthening collaborations with Vatican organizations and other key partners.

Talitha Kum is a network of more than 2,000 Catholic nuns across 77 countries working on the front lines to end human trafficking.  


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