A Tiny Church In A Mumbai Slum Gives A Giant Gift At Christmas

MUMBAI, INDIA – Two women sit quietly on a tile floor in a Mumbai slum and carefully piece together bits of green and orange fabric in an intricate design. Sunlight filtering through the barred windows lights up piles of brown plastic bags around them; hundreds of cotton quilts are folded neatly inside.

“I want to make them fast so I can give them to the girls sooner,” Shanti* says with a smile.

Survivors of Sex Trafficking Share What It Means To Be Beautiful

MUMBAI, INDIA – Every twenty-something woman has ideas on what it means to be beautiful. A small group of young women gathered in India’s largest city take turns musing, each one wearing a different palate of bright colors.

“Even if I put on make-up but am not pretty inside, it’s a waste of make-up!” exclaims Saba,* as she holds a corner of her green scarf in her hand and waves it as she speaks. “Women can be beautiful with make-up and without; inner beauty is also important.”

Griselda's Story: A Brave Survivor Dreams for her Country

GUATEMALA CITY – Griselda* was walking home with her mother and brother from a Mother’s Day celebration at church. Suddenly, a blue car cut in front of the family. A man jumped out, grabbed 13-year-old Griselda, and sped away.

Griselda’s mother was shocked and shouted for help. She flagged down a passing police car, and they drove to a neighborhood notorious for violent crime and gang activity. The blur car was sitting in an empty lot; Griselda was inside.

She had been raped at gunpoint by three men. Two fled by the time the police arrived, and the other man was arrested.