Jane Dwyer and Kathryn "Katy" Webster, both Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, quietly help support poor agricultural workers in the Amazon in their struggles for land and better living conditions, even amid escalating violence. The sisters continue the legacy of Sr. Dorothy Stang of the same congregation, who was murdered 14 years ago in rural Anapu.
The life, work and tragic death of Sr. Dorothy Stang is commemorated in books, documentaries, an opera, a U.S. congressional resolution and a United Nations Award in the Field of Human Rights. A study center — the Sr.
Focus on Human Trafficking - Human trafficking has been on the rise in Brazil. One goal is to keep people who fit the main demographics of trafficking victims — children and women ages 8-29 — from falling into networks of sexual exploitation through prevention in schools.
Sr. Jean Bellini of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Rochester, New York, has lived in Brazil since 1976. She is one of the three coordinators of the Comissão Pastoral da Terra (Pastoral Land Commission), a Catholic organization that supports peasants and landless people. She works in the state of Pará in the Brazilian portion of the Amazon basin.