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Sister Gabriella Bottani

Italy , Class of 2019

Sister Gabriella Bottani

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Sister Gabriella Bottani is one of the most prominent and influential anti-trafficking advocates within the Catholic diaspora.

Bottani’s fierce resolve to support human trafficking victims around the world developed after she met a victim of sex trafficking in Rome.  She has since dedicated her ministry in Italy to combating the crime. 

In 2015, Bottani was appointed as the international coordinator to lead Talitha Kum, a global network across 77 countries of more than 2,000 Catholic nuns working on the front lines to end human trafficking.  Established by the International Union of Superiors General in 2009, Talitha Kum has reached thousands of people through anti-trafficking awareness campaigns, education programs, international conferences, training manuals, vocational training, and hands-on services.  Bottani and other members of this dedicated network have served 10,000 survivors, accompanying them to shelters and residential communities, collaborating nationally and internationally on cases, and assisting with voluntary repatriation.  In addition, Bottani has organized and served as a consultant for numerous training courses and seminars to help service providers identify and respond to potential human trafficking cases. 

Before leading Talitha Kum, Bottani played an essential role in advancing anti-trafficking efforts in Brazil by serving vulnerable children and women in favelas and leading a national campaign against human trafficking before and during the 2014 FIFA World Cup.  Throughout her career, her work has inspired generations of anti-trafficking advocates within the Catholic faith.

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