Sr. Gabriella Bonatin, CMS has been honor as anti-trafficking hero by the U.S. State Department.
A Comboni Sister, Gabriella Bottani, international coordinator of the Talitha Kum anti-trafficking network of Catholic women’s and men’s religious orders, was honored June 20 as one of the State Department’s 2019 TIP Report Heroes Together with 7 more TIP Heroes: Adelaide Sawadogo (From Burkina Faso), Agnes de Coll (From Hungary), Daniel Rueda and Veronica Supliguicha (from Ecuador), Roseline Eguabor (from Italy), Raoudha Laabidi (From Tunisia), and Camilious Machingura (From Zimbabwe)
Talitha Kum has reached thousands of people throughout anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, education programs, international conferences, training manuals, vocational training, and hands-on service. Sr. Gabriella and the other 7 awardees have accompanying the survivors to shelters and residential communities, collaborating nationally and internationally on cases, and assisting with voluntary repatriation.
Sister Gabriella Bottani, in her speech to all of the attendees to the awards ceremony urged action to fight the situations that make people, especially women and children, vulnerable to trafficking.