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Opus Prize Issues Guide: Welcome

A guide to print and digital resources pertinent to finalists for the 2016 Opus Prize.

The Opus Prize is an annual faith-based humanitarian award, recognizing leaders and organizations that develop creative solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. This year Creighton University will proudly host the 2016 Opus Prize Awards the week of November 14. Read more >>

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Congratulations to Sarah Lance, recipient of the 2016 Opus Prize, and to the two other finalists for their exemplary humanitarian work!

The finalists for the 2016 Opus Prize, profiled below, are dedicated to solving the problems of homelessness, the sexual exploitation of women and children, and the plight of refugees and the forcibly displaced. Each of these problems is complex and multifaceted. This guide, created by librarians at the Reinert-Alumni Library, includes introductory sources centered around each of these world problems. For each topic, we have attempted to identify content in a range of formats, including encyclopedia articles, books, videos, and works of fiction. We have also tried to represent multiple perspectives on each issue. 

The Finalists

Rev. Peter Balleis, S.J. is from Germany and served as international director of the Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) from 2007 to 2015. Headquartered in Rome, JRS currently aids and defends the rights of 70,000 refugees and other forcibly displaced people in 50 countries, working in partnership with the UN, NGOs, and local churches and other faith-based institutions. Fr. Balleis is also the co-founding member of the Jesuit Commons: Higher Education at the Margins (JC:HEM), which makes online higher education courses available to refugees. Many of JC:HEM’s overseas sites were established at Fr. Balleis’ initiative, recently including two camps in Eastern Chad, Goz Beida, and Guereda.
Sr. Anne Jordan, PBVM is chief executive officer of Cana Communities Incorporated (CCI), a Sydney, Australia-based organization aimed at assisting young people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. CCI provides emergency accommodations, meals and support. It is also a place to share community, building relationships for people who are lonely, homeless, recently released from prison or are otherwise marginalized by society.
Sarah Lance is managing director of Sari Bari. Sari Bari is an organization in Kolkata, India, seeking the sustainable restoration of the city’s 22 red-light districts and the prevention of continued exploitation of the nearly 60,000 women and children in the commercial sex trade by offering a safe place of gainful employment. The work includes the handmade production of sari, the traditional garment worn by Indian women.


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