Three groups/projects in Nigeria and in Italy run by Catholic sisters target the protection and rehabilitation of girls who have been trafficked from Nigeria to Europe, as well as try to prevent the initial trafficking.
1. Committee for the Support of the Dignity of Women (COSUDOW), Benin City, Nigeria
Leaders of the religious women of Nigeria established the Committee for the Support of the Dignity of Women (COSUDOW) in 1999 as a counter-trafficking project. COSUDOW works to prevent human trafficking, protect and rehabilitate those who are already victims, and seek out and prosecute traffickers. COSUDOW has its office in Benin City, Nigeria. Read more about COSUDOW's work below.
2. Casa Santa Maria Dell'Accoglienza, Castel Volturno, Italy
Casa Maria Dell’Accoglienza is a house of welcoming established by the Catholic Archdiocese of Capua, in Italy and run by the Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Congregation of religious women from Nigeria. The house was open in June of 2000 to be a place of love and compassion for women who have been trafficked into Italy from various countries of the world. They work in collaboration with Combonian Priests. Read more about Casa Santa Maria below.
3. Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Benin City, Nigeria
The Sisters have established in Nigeria projects that will give young girls marketable skills and prevent them from being trafficked. They work in collaboration with COSUDOW and Casa Maria dell’ Acoglienza. The Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus run these two projects. Read more about the Sisters' projects in Nigeria.
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