GSR Today - The United Nations marked the first World Day Against Trafficking in Persons July 30 "to raise awareness of this issue among the general public, policy-makers and civil society. The World Day provides an opportunity for the world to act to end this crime and show solidarity with its victims."

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Ohio Franciscans' straw-bale house shows off energy-efficient design

The Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin have built a house using straw bale insulation as a demonstration project to show that by incorporating an alternative design, nontraditional materials and a renewable-energy system, a house – or almost any structure – can be comfortable and good for the environment.

Q & A with Sr. Julie George

Sr. Julie George believes God has called her to seek justice on behalf of women. A human rights lawyer and a member of the Congregation of the Missionary Sisters Servants of the Holy Spirit in India, she is director of Streevani, a women’s empowerment organization. She said, "Many women would never have reached the court without our help."

Nuns reach out to sex workers in fight against prostitution in the Philippines

Mary Queen of Heaven Missionaries have been encountering sex workers in the field (bars and brothels) for years. The sisters reach out to women and offer them love and listening and, if they want, shelter and a way out of the business, which is driven by poverty. They are also working to prevent entry into prostitution by educating women in rural areas, and they recently have been talking about their work at other dioceses so that the efforts can expand.