Sister Joan Dawber founded LifeWay Network in 2007 to provide safe housing for survivors of human trafficking in the New York City area. LifeWay operates homes where over 100 women from 34 countries have found safe shelter and the resources needed to reclaim their lives and independence.
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Sister Joan Dawber, SC, has worked to abolish human trafficking for over a decade. In 2007, she founded LifeWay Network, where she served as Executive Director until 2020. She also is a member of the Sisters of Charity Global Concerns Resource Team and is a board member of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Prior to LifeWay Network, Sister Joan served for 20 years as Pastoral Associate in the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, New York. She has a bachelor’s degree in Human Services and and master’s degrees in theology and pastoral studies. Sister Joan was born and raised in Manchester, England. She is a Sister of Charity Halifax, Nova Scotia.