Q & A with two sisters and a volunteer serving at the Haiti-Dominican Republic border

Srs. Alexandra Bonilla Leonel, Iselande Surlin and volunteer Marcela Latorre Velásquez work as a team in the city of Ouanaminthe, Haiti, located at the Haitian-Dominican border. They spoke with GSR about serving the needs of children and women. They work on migration and against human trafficking.

Sister answers call of captive fisherman, migrants in distress

"Her prompt and efficient intervention saved us," says one fisherman, home in India after being detained in Iran. In her 15 years in Tamil Nadu's coastal towns, Sr. Josephine Amala Valarmathi of the Missionary Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary has handled scores of cases for Indian migrant workers. She has also made it her priority to organize awareness programs to help such workers avoid exploitation.

At Haitian-Dominican border, shelter protects children vulnerable to human trafficking

Human trafficking is a potent global issue to religious sisters and their colleagues within Catholic humanitarian networks. The Sisters of St. John the Evangelist combat trafficking in Haiti through Santa Teresita del Niño Jesús, a shelter for potentially trafficked children and unaccompanied minors trying to cross the border between Haiti and the Dominican Republic. 

Syrian refugee family lives, thrives on School Sisters' Connecticut campus

The School Sisters of Notre Dame, following the Gospel call to welcome the stranger, have welcomed Manal Mohammad Alazzam and her five children, letting the refugee family stay in a vacant house on their campus in Wilton, Connecticut. The sisters are partnering with the Wilton Interfaith Action Committee to support the family, with over 100 volunteers pitching in.

Advocating for porters in Ghana

Female head porters are unskilled, uneducated migrant women, usually from poverty-stricken families of northern Ghana who move down to southern Ghana for work. They generally live in very poor conditions and lack social protection; they are exposed to all forms of sexual and physical exploitation, resulting in unplanned pregnancies and children being raised on the street. Because their job involves lifting and carrying heavy goods for long distances, most of them suffer physical ailments.