- Covadonga (Cova) Orejas CCV is one of our “regional contacts” for UNANIMA. Here she is featured in an article about her work against trafficking in Togo and Gabon. It has a translation option, though not very good!
- The Daughters of Wisdom (DW) JPIC (Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation) committee met in Rome this summer:
Left to right: Martha (Haiti), Lois (Canada), Rani (India), Ann (USA), Violeta (Equador)
- More than 500 men, women and students gathered for a celebration of World Indigenous Day at Pimpri, India. Several organizations (Divya Chhaya Subir, Jeevandhara Pimpri, Jivan Jyot Pimpri and Adivasi Mahasang) networked with the CCV sisters and guest speakers to share topics like the rights of forest land in Gujarat, and tribal culture. Sr. Rekha CCV shared on “Human Rights and the Rights of Indigenous People.” An action plan was developed, and the participants left determined to work for the unity and betterment of their people. — Sr. Rekha M. CCV
- Some Sisters of Providence (SP) and their co-workers in the Providence Peace Community volunteer with Advocates for Immigrants in Detention Northwest, or AID NW , a nonprofit welcome center. AIDNW is a motor home that sits right outside the gates of one of the largest immigration prisons in the United States (capacity of 1575). Located in Tacoma Washington, every month it receives up to 200 people, mostly women seeking asylum, from the US-Mexico border. Many held there have lived in the US for years, some for the majority of their lives. When residents are released they often lack adequate clothing, food, or shelter; many have no nearby family or friends, and some do not speak English. But the tiny welcome center offers a temporary safe haven and provides released detainees resources like telephone access, food and beverages, toiletries, bus cards, area maps, and a backpack. Volunteers help locate housing, confirm transportation, or contact government agencies and help with official forms, such as an application for a work permit. They also provide help for families who come to visit, and even go into the Detention Center to show support for individuals who go before the court for their hearing. The picture shows several SP sisters and their co-workers.