Human trafficking refers to the illegal and immoral buying and selling of human beings as commodities for commercial sexual slavery or forced labor. It is one of the most flourishing and profitable criminal industries of the world, with direct or indirect ties to the illicit drug-trade industries. The Renee Jones Empowerment Center serves people of all diversities, faiths and ages in the greater Cleveland area who have fallen victim to human trafficking.
The Renee Jones Empowerment Center is the only Northeast Ohio agency committed to providing life coaching and aftercare services to those with the courage and opportunity to break from the human trafficking system. Located on Cleveland’s West Side, the Center offers a variety of programs including self-esteem building, job readiness, employability skills, dress for success and more. Additionally, the Center sponsors a weekly support group on Saturdays so women receive mutual support from each other.
The Renee Jones Empowerment Center opened its doors in 1998 when Renee Jones founded a weekly empowerment program at the Bishop Cosgrove Center. Today, Renee Jones is assisted by Sister Cecilia Liberatore, SND, former Provincial Superior of the Chardon province. “We Sisters of Notre Dame had taken a corporate stance against human trafficking in 2009. As part of the Collaborative to End Human Trafficking we both educate and advocate,” Sr. Cecilia said.
Renee concludes, “We want human trafficking victims and survivors restored to beauty, the beauty that God sees in them.” Read more about the Renee Jones Empowerment Center and its programs in Network magazine. Visit the Center’s website at www.rjecempower.org.