Private prisons are under scrutiny, but they're nowhere near extinct

GSR Today - The Department of Justice announced in August it would stop using private contractors to house federal prisoners. Then the Department of Homeland Security announced it would examine its use of private contractors to hold detained immigrants. But don't think that private prisons are going away anytime soon.

First UN summit on refugees and migrants calls all member states to protect them

The United Nations shone a spotlight on the worldwide migrant and refugee crisis this week. U.N. leaders are calling the Sept. 19 summit and connected events — including a meeting of global leaders called by President Barack Obama — historic but also necessary given the record number of people moving because of wars, political unrest, economic challenges and climate change.

On the streets of Sicily, global sisters accompany African migrants

Eleven sisters make up the Migrant Project/Sicily, a program founded by the International Union Superiors General (UISG) in Rome to aid migrants in Sicily by developing one-on-one relationships with them and helping them assimilate to their new home. About half a year into their mission, the sisters , from eight countries and eight congregations, have witnessed first-hand the motivations and frustrations of people coming from Africa looking for a better life.

Q & A with Sr. Mary McCauley, an advocate for comprehensive immigration reform

Mary McCauley is a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary whose past ministries include administering at the BVM nursing home and directing health care ministry for an archdiocese. She served as pastoral administrator at three parishes, including St. Bridget's in Postville, a town of 2,200 people in northeast Iowa, where on May 12, 2008, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) carried out a raid at a meatpacking plant , a moment she says was "transforming."