Papal encounter in Cartagena

Shall I start with the beautiful city of Cartagena, Colombia? Or shall I begin with the extraordinary surprise of meeting the pope? Shall I talk about the girls who suffer so many risks in a world of social inequality? Actually, each of these elements, as they converged during a papal visit in September, caused me to look anew at my own life. For 34 years, I have been a Sister of the Good Shepherd. I am a Colombian whose life has held an ordinary history of joys, lights and shadows.

Q & A with Sr. Joan Dawber, providing secure housing for victims of trafficking

Sr. Joan Dawber is the founder and executive director of LifeWay Network, an organization in the New York City metropolitan area that provides secure housing for survivors of both labor and sex trafficking. She spoke to GSR about the importance of community living in LifeWay Network's work.

South Asian congregations join to crusade against human trafficking

Members of the Asian movement of religious against human trafficking comprise about 200 nuns from 63 congregations working in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The group was founded in 2009 and is now linked with the Talitha Kum international network of consecrated life against human trafficking. They work to educate villagers and school children about the crime, organize vigilance groups and rescue girls from traffickers.

Q & A with Sr. Noelene Simmons, battling trafficking in Australia, a 'destination country'

Based in Sydney, Marist Sr. Noelene Simmons lives in a "destination country," or the final stop for trafficked people — in Australia's case, trafficked people from Asia. Simmons is the president of Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ACRATH), which is among the many networks of sisters around the globe that combat human trafficking.