Sister Margaret Nacke honored for work against human trafficking

December 11, 2017 by

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Sister Margaret Nacke, CSJ, was honored Dec. 8 by the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, a network of Catholic Sisters and their colleagues devoted to eradicating human trafficking.

She was awarded the first-ever “Sister Margaret Nacke, CSJ Bakhita Award” in recognition of outstanding work by an individual or group for their efforts to end the crime of human trafficking. In 2013, Sister Margaret was the driving force that resulted in the founding of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking.

Sisters Ann Oestreich, IHM, and Jeanne Christensen, RSM, of the Board of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, came to Concordia to present the award during Mass at the Nazareth Motherhouse. This new award was named after Sister Margaret in recognition of the decades of her life she has spent to work to end human trafficking worldwide and at home.

According to a statement by Sister Anne Victory, HM, President of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, those who receive this award “exemplify vision, courage, dedication and creativity in addressing the complexities surrounding this issue. They work in collaboration with others to raise awareness of human trafficking, address the multiple needs of survivors and advocate for legislative changes to the modern-day slavery of commercial sex and forced labor.”

“I just want to say I accept this award on behalf of all Sisters throughout the world, really, in the U.S. Sisters Against Human Trafficking, but also throughout the world because many of us are not young but are doing our best to combat human trafficking,” Sister Margaret said.  “And I want to thank you, as my congregation, for the support you have given me for this endeavor.”

Sister Margaret has pioneered the ministry of Sisters working to eradicate modern-day slavery. An educator by profession, she has spent significant time establishing and maintaining relationships with many people and groups, and has always had a special concern for those on the margins of society.

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