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What does Climbing Mountains have to do with Combatting Human Trafficking?

Catholic Relief Services has always been committed to the dignity of the human person and thus has worked tirelessly to combat human trafficking around the world. 

Learn about some wonderful projects in India and Brazil and find other prayer and education resources from CRS on our Human Trafficking page. 

CRS has also always been committed to partnership, both in our work overseas and in our outreach in the United States, which explains why President and CEO of CRS Carolyn Y. Woo is so excited about an emerging collaboration that "will generate much-needed international awareness" about the issue of human trafficking. 

She's referring to our new partnership with Mission 14, an organization that seeks to raise awareness and education of the tragedy of human trafficking through a "record-breaking attempt in 2015 to summit 6 of the world's highest mountains."  As this adventurous endeavor cultivates a "global audience" of "difference makers," Mission 14 will be raising money to fund 14 partners, including Catholic Relief Services, who are some of the "best-in-service direct service providers throughout the world."

(Photo provided by Nick Cienski for use in The Catholic Review)

"Why climb mountains to raise money to fight human trafficking?" you might be asking.  It starts with one passionate person, Nick Cienski, a Senior Director of Innovation at Under Armour, trying to use his gifts and abilities to make a difference in the world.  Read more about his story and why he believes this climb is "an amazing faith journey" and the result of "constant prayer" in this wonderful article by The Catholic Review of Baltimore.