About the Order The Sovereign Military Hospitaller Order of Saint John of Jerusalem of Rhodes and Malta is one of the oldest institutions of Western and Christian civilization. The 13,500 Knights and Dames remain true to its principles – nurturing, witnessing and protecting the faith and serving the poor and the sick.
The American Association Founded in 1927 as the first association of the Order of Malta in the Americas, the association is headquartered in New York City with over 2,000 Knights, Dames and volunteers in over 30 Areas working with the poor, sick, and incarcerated and giving witness to the Catholic faith.
Spirituality Knights and Dames join the Order of Malta to pursue their spiritual growth over a path laid out by Blessed Gerard more than nine hundred years ago, seeking to nurture and witness the Faith and assist the sick and the poor.
Spirituality in Action Members are involved in hands-on work at over 100 hundred organizations, including food banks, hospitals, pregnancy support centers, homeless shelters and mentoring programs for at risk children.
Click here to register for our online training course. This curriculum was created, in collaboration with OnWatch, to help you understand the tragic scourge of human trafficking. It can happen to anyone, anywhere and those who survive human trafficking have special needs that must be carefully considered on the road to healing. Anyone interested in volunteering in this ministry must complete this course prior to any involvement.
Area Leader Talking Points
Click here to download a list of talking points that Area leaders can use when introducing this new ministry to local members.
Department of Homeland Security: Blue Campaign to End Human Trafficking
Global Strategic Operatives for the Eradication of Human Trafficking
Global Strategic Operatives (GSO) is an organization founded by Order of Malta, American Association Dame, and the driving force behind this new ministry, Deb O’Hara, Rusckowski, RN, DM.
The Evil of Human Trafficking
Deborah O’Hara-Rusckowski, RN, DM, speaks on EWTN about the evil of human trafficking. Click here to watch her interview.
Virtual Training Video
Learn more about the ‘Who, What, When, Why and How’ of human trafficking, as well as common myths. Deborah O’Hara-Rusckowski, DM, along with two guest speakers (one a survivor!), will present an overview on human trafficking for the members of the Order of Malta, and discuss specific ways they can help fight this horrific crime against humanity. Click here to watch this video.
Additional Helpful Resources
To report suspected human trafficking to federal law enforcement, call 1-866-347-2423, or submit a tip online at ice.gov/tips.
To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline, call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733).