Dominican Sisters of Peace Help SOAP UP the RNC

SOAPAs Cleveland, Ohio prepares to welcome thousands of attendees to the Republican National Convention (RNC), the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in collaboration with the Cleveland Collaborative against Human Trafficking, actively supported efforts to prevent sexual exploitation and rescue victims of human trafficking during the Second S.O.A.P Up the R.N.C.

The event, led by S.O.A.P. (Save Our Adolescents from Prostitution), hosted an informative seminar regarding sex trafficking and the heart breaking testimony of sex trafficking survivor and S.O.A.P.’s founder Teresa Flores.

“This was one of the biggest events for our organization,” said Flores.  “We traveled to over 300 different hotels in Northeast Ohio bringing about awareness to the hotel staff and providing an escape route for potential victims and runaways that come through.  During the RNC, we expect the demand of trafficking to increase exponentially due to the fact that politicians remain among the top three perpetrators of trafficking; police officers and clergymen being the other two.”

OP Peace Sisters and Associates from the Columbus and Akron regions contributed by labeling and packing over 4,000 bars of soap.  Those who joined the S.O.A.P. UP the RNC event also assisted in canvasing 300 hotels across Northeast Ohio. The Sisters and Associates at the S.O.A.P  UP event were among 325 volunteers that assisted in the canvasing of hotels and created awareness of missing youth in the Ohio area.  Flores indicated that the Cleveland event hosted the most volunteers since the inception of the organization.

The Dominican Sisters of Peace adopted a corporate stance to end human trafficking proclaiming the mission to be a prophetic voice in solidarity with the poor, marginalized, and oppressed.

soap“Our role with events hosted by S.O.A.P. allow us to embody our corporate stance against human trafficking and actively educate, as well as raise awareness regarding an issue that is destroying lives and our community,” said Sr. Nadine Buchanan, OP.  “Our sisters and associates were able to create awareness about missing children in our area who can be victims to human and sex trafficking, distributed about 200 bars of soap to each hotel and equipped hotel administrators with tools to help combat sex trafficking.”

S.O.A.P. was founded by author, advocate and survivor, Theresa Flores. On her worst night, after being auctioned off to nearly two dozen men in an inner city Detroit motel, Theresa recalled the only item that would have reached out to her, a bar of soap.  With that in mind, she created S.O.A.P. to help reach out to other victims.

S.O.A.P. National travels all over the U.S. to hold outreaches during large events and partner with local organizations like the Dominican Sisters of Peace to distribute millions of bars of soap wrapped with a red band that gives the National Human Trafficking Hotline number 1 (888) 3737-888 and resources to high-risk motels.

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14 responses to “Dominican Sisters of Peace Help SOAP UP the RNC

  1. Thank you for what you are doing and have done in your
    ‘neck of the woods’ for this critical issue. A perfect example of thinking globally and acting locally. Together we can make a difference.

  2. On behalf of the many organizations who work to end human trafficking, THANK YOU

  3. I hope you know of all the work NOMINEE HILLARY CLINTON has done to help women in human trafficking situations. SHE IS THE ONE WHO HAS WORKED TIRELESSLY FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN THESE SITUATIONS.

    CONGRESSWOMAN AMY KOLBUHAR GAVE A SPEECH ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND HILLARY’S WORK LAST NIGHT. HOPE YOU SAW IT.

    PLEASE PLEASE SUPPORT HILLARY’S WORK AND HER.

    THE RNC HAS DONE NOTHING TO HELP SUFFERING HUMANS ON THIS PLANET.

    1. One must speak to truth. It’s nonsense to say Republicans have done nothing to help suffering humans in the world. This is the kind of illogic that defeats good sense.
      It is also nonsense that Clinton is the candidate here on this issue. Many many state and national legislators have “carried the water” on this issue whether Democrat or Repiblican and seeing effective and timely legislation passed.

  4. Thank you for representing us and the actions you have taken to end Human Trafficking there in Ohio especially during the Republican National Convention.

  5. This has been a profound movement to see unfolding – awareness of this hidden horror of victimization is growing and will not stop as the extent of the problem becomes visible. thank you, Soap. I was so glad to spend time at the table during the Assembly, and to take home a wide variety of printed tools. and a bar of SOAP for a giveaway to someone who … well, needs the soap or the message!

  6. You are all living God’s Mercy. God bless all your efforts to put an end to human trafficking and help find some of the lost young women. Thank you for the article. It was wonderful.

    Kathleen

  7. Your work in this area is so impressive and courageous. Perhaps you will never know what good you are doing. You have my love,support and daily prayers. Thank you so much.

  8. Trafficking is a huge problem especially at political conventions. Thank you for contacting so many hotels and institutions in Cleveland to protect young adults and those being trafficked during the Republican Convention. A bar of soap and God’s grace will hopefully save many.

  9. Thank you for this article, Ana. The entire novitiate helped us to visit and speak with the managers of all the hotels and motels in Summit County on the same day. Now we pray that at least some young people will take advantage of that phone number by using it.

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