Nuri Vallbona is a freelance documentary photojournalist who has focused most of her career on social justice projects such as modern-day slavery, inner-city poverty and crime. She worked for the Miami Herald from 1993 to 2008 and is a lecturer at the University of Texas and Texas Tech University.

Her work has won her awards and honors from the National Press Photographers Association, the Pictures of the Year competition, The Southern Short Course competition, The Atlanta Photojournalism Seminar, the Associated Press Managing Editors contest, and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She was also a finalist for the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography and worked on the front lines of the Elian Gonzalez saga that won the Miami Herald newsroom a Pulitzer in 2001.

In 1999, some of her work from "Americanos" was featured in an exhibit at the Smithsonian. This was followed by a Nieman fellowship at Harvard University in the fall of 2000.

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Faith groups band together to help Haitians camped at US-Mexico border

As the number of Haitian arrivals seeking a better life in the U.S. swelled, Catholic sisters, religious organizations, nonprofits and churches pursued a common goal: provide basic services and restore human dignity.

Q & A with Sr. Mercedes Castillo, accompanying immigrants on the border

As COVID-19 raged around the globe, Sr. Mercedes Castillo left the safety of her Baltimore community of Comboni Missionaries and relocated to Texas, where she serves immigrants stuck at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Despite pandemic, sisters bring material aid, moral support to migrants

Sisters on the border hear the tragic stories that forced people to seek asylum in the U.S. only to be deported. Immigration proceedings are on a loop of delays or cancellations — made more dangerous by COVID-19.

Welcome of the heart: Sisters build bonds in collaborative effort to assist immigrants

About 20 sisters from 16 congregations in the San Antonio Archdiocese are serving as part of an interfaith collaboration to minister to the surge of immigrants who are seeking safety in the United States. Sisters are building relationships with both the border crossers that they assist as well as those in authority.

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