About Relentless

Thailand, Bangkok, Katherine Welch

Thailand, Bangkok, Katherine Welch

Relentless is a cutting edge project at the intersection of health and justice. As a global health consultant to organizations that work with trafficked people, Katherine Welch, an American Pediatrician, helps to build their capacity in developing a more robust health component to their interventions whether is it prevention, outreach, or aftercare. Relentless has developed a training curriculum for staff of counter-trafficking organizations, along with a series of “Bridge Guides” to help bridge the gap between local health care and non-health care trained staff. Furthermore, Katherine presents workshops for training health care professionals around the world about the health consequences of human trafficking, identification of victims, and trauma-informed care of survivors. Relentless also holds clinics (in collaboration with organizations) for exploited people where they are (such as in red-light districts), even before they leave their exploitative situation. Clinics are also held for those in residential or community-based aftercare programs.

Vision: Relentless seeks liberty through health: We want to see all abused, exploited, and trafficked people receive quality health care; and that they will be empowered to thrive in health and wellness for the rest of their lives.

Mission: Relentless equips health professionals and non-health-related practitioners to develop a more robust, holistic, and integrated health component to their interventions, from initial encounter to long-term recovery.

Relentless is taken from a mantra among ultra distance endurance athletes: “relentless forward progress”. Relentless, according to Merriam-Webster, is “showing or promising no abatement of severity, intensity, strength, or pace”. The problems of injustice seem to be growing unimpeded throughout our world today. But Relentless is just as, if not more, unrelenting in the pursuit of justice.

We must be Relentless in…

  • Justice in health through compassionate service
  • Service to others – especially the marginalized, forgotten, and oppressed
  • Dedication to mentoring, partnership, and collaboration
  • Excellence in praxis
  • Sharing joy, hope, and love

“I wholeheartedly support Dr. Katherine Welch’s work through her organization Relentless, and I am pleased to offer my assistance in any way I may possibly help. Dr. Welch continues to be a valuable asset as a member of the Board of Directors of Doctors At War, and her input into the developing and promoting our programs has been very valuable. I consider Dr. Welch to be one of the true leaders in the modern anti-trafficking movement. She has a great compassion to help survivors and children of survivors, and her contribution into this work continues to define her as an innovative thinker and ground-breaker.” Dr Daniel Bercu, President and Founder Doctors At War, Inc.