Rotary Club award will fund efforts to fight trafficking

Marissa Castellanos, program director of Catholic Charities’ Bakhita Empowerment Initiative.

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The Rotary Club of Louisville’s Human Trafficking Task Force has awarded $15,000 to Catholic Charities of Louisville’s Bakhita Empowerment Initiative, the agency’s anti-trafficking program.

The award will be used to support new projects that combat human trafficking, according to an announcement from Catholic Charities. Among the new projects is the development of a survivors’ advisory board.

“Survivor engagement is needed to inform programming, and we are very excited about the Survivor Advisory Board, whose members will be individuals who have been through programming at Bakhita,” said Marissa Castellanos, program director of the initiative. Members of the board “will represent the broad scope of survivors we come alongside in this work.”

The Rotary award will also help fund prevention curriculum for adolescent boys and provide the “Survivor’s Guide to Learning” for adolescent girls participating in the “My Life My Choice” program.

“We are grateful for the support of Rotary Club of Louisville, which will allow us to build capacity and address these very important issues,” Castellanos said.

The Rotary Club previously awarded the initiative $5,000 to help curb trafficking.

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