Alumni serve displaced Hispanics in Chicago

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Su Casa Class of 2012 graduates Adam Cowden (left) and Kyla Wargel wrap Christmas gifts for guests at Su Casa, a Chicago shelter that serves Hispanic women and children who are victims of domestic violence.Cowden, with another 2012 graduate Kyla Wargel live and work among the guests at Su Casa. Their responsibilities include cooking, cleaning, daily house upkeep, tutoring, information technology/administrative services and communications support.Su Casa’s volunteer work also includes a soup kitchen that serves the larger community three times a week and an outreach program that seeks to educate others on issues that affect the Latino population, such as homelessness, domestic violence and immigration reform. “Workers also help provide … fundraising support, volunteer coordination, house management, food and donation pickup and processing, maintenance services and occasional childcare,” Cowden said. “Most of my responsibilities fall within case management support, tutoring, IT support and communications.”Cowden first became involved with Su Casa when he participated in an Urban Plunge trip through Notre Dame’s Center for Social Concerns in the winter of 2010, he said. “The experience left a lasting impression on me,” Cowden said. “After a year of living and working in Nashville, Tenn., following graduation, I wanted to spend a year doing service while figuring out my next steps, including where I wanted to apply for grad school. Su Casa was the first place I thought of, and they happened to be looking for volunteers at the time I inquired.”Cowden said the education he received at Notre Dame influenced his decision to come to Su Casa. “Studying Political Science and PPE [Philosophy, Politics and Economics] with a focus on development at Notre Dame and writing a senior thesis related to international development allowed me to explore my interest in development and working in developmentally disadvantaged areas and helped prepare me to examine some of the challenges that our guests face with a critical eye,” Cowden said.Tags: Class of 2012, Su Casa Two Notre Dame alumni currently reside as live-in workers at Su Casa, a house of hospitality in South Chicago, as part of a ministry class of 2012 graduate Adam Cowden said is three-fold.“We provide hospitality and a healing environment for displaced Hispanic people who are poor, homeless, and oppressed; we partner with our neighbors to make our community a better place to live, and we engage in educational and social action activities concerning social justice issues related to our ministry,” Cowden said.Located in an old Franciscan friary, Su Casa provides an environment of healing and hope to displaced Latino families. It primarily serves Latino women and children who have left domestic violence situations, and workers live among the guests. last_img read more

Peruvian National Police dismantle Los Malditos del Triunfo

first_img During the ceremony, authorities detailed a series of security successes achieved during the first six months of 2014: • Security forces throughout the country detained more than 6,000 criminal suspects for various offenses, including drug trafficking. • Authorities confiscated 10 million Peruvian soles that authorities believe were generated from drug trafficking. • Police agents carried out 6,670 initiatives against organized crime groups, and seized 129 weapons. • Working with the Commission for Development and Life without Drugs (DEVIDA) and the Project for the Control and Reduction of Illegal Crops in the Alto Huallaga (CORAH), security forces eradicated 14,700 hectares of illegal coca leaf crops and 660 coca seedlings. • Authorities dismantled 640 clandestine laboratories which were allegedly used by drug trafficking organizations to process and manufacture cocaine base, cocaine hydrochloride, and opium derivatives. Police also seized more than one million doses of chemical precursors. • Security forces destroyed 91 clandestine airstrips used by drug trafficking groups. Los Malditos del Triunfo were led by Segundo Samuel Correa Gamarra, who is also known as “Paco.” Peruvian police captured Paco in January 2010 in Chepén province. He is now incarcerated in the Miguel Castro Castro prison in Lima. Los Malditos del Triunfo engage in a variety of criminal enterprises, including the extortion of individuals and businesses, property theft, arms trading, money laundering, and assassinations of rival gang members and others. The gang is suspected in the 2013 killing of security agent José Alva Vásquez. A team of gunmen shot Alva Vasquez was shot to death on March 31, 2014 at a festival in the district of La Esperanza, in Trujillo. Alva Vásquez was enjoying his day off when a team of at least six attackers entered the festival and started shooting at César León Díaz, who was also known as “Super Loco.” The gunmen killed Alva Vásquez and Super Loco, then ran away. Peru’s security forces dismantled 24 drug trafficking gangs during the first six months of 2014, authorities said. The Anti-Drug Directorate (DIRANDRO) of the National Police of Peru (PNP) also captured three dozen members of Los Malditos del Triunfo, an organized crime group which engages in assassinations, extortion, money laundering, arms trafficking,. General Vicente Romero Fernández, director of DIRANDRO, reported these and other accomplishments on June 26, during a ceremony celebrating the 23rd anniversary of the establishment of DIRANDRO. The PNP leader discussed security successes from January through June 24, according to La Jornada. Security forces also seized more than 13 tons of drugs, Romero Fernández said. Interior Minister Daniel Urresti, General Jorge Flores Goycochea, director of the PNP, and several high-ranking civilian officials attended the event. The ceremony was held at the Police Social Club in La Molina. Authorities honored 25 DIRANDRO officers for their outstanding work fighting drug trafficking. During the ceremony, Urresti said that he wants to see security forces destroy drug labs, detain drug traffickers, and dismantle clandestine landing strips used by airplane pilots who smuggle drugs, according to El Peruano. Using technology to fight crime The various security operations show the government’s determination to fight drug trafficking, Romero said during the DIRANDRO ceremony, according to Andina. “These military operations reflect the commitment to achieving the eradication of illegal drug trafficking and prevent their use,” he said. Security forces are continuing to carry out initiatives against drug trafficking organizations. For example, on June 26, the National Police carried out simultaneous operations in Lima, Chepén, Tarapoto, and Trujillo. Law enforcement officers arrested 30 people including alleged enforcers and suspected extortionists. The security operations targeted alleged members of Los Malditos del Triunfo, a violent organized crime group. Security forces also arrested a lawyer and an accountant, according to published reports. The arrests capped a four-month investigation which was supervised by prosecutor William Rabanal Palacios. At least 50 prosecutors and dozens of police officers participated in the operation, El Comercio reported on July 6. Peruvian security forces are using technology to fight Los Malditos del Triunfo and other criminal groups. Security forces are using computer databases to create maps which show where crime is occurring throughout the country. The map helps police develop strategies to combat criminal activity, according to Diego Salazar, principal investigator of the Andean Journal of Political Studies. The maps are helping security forces “prioritize” how they use their resources in the fight against criminal groups, Salazar said. The terrorist group Shining Path is the largest organized crime group in Peru. The group engages in drug trafficking, arms smuggling, money laundering, and the production of coca paste. International drug trafficking organizations also operate in Peru. These include the Sinaloa Cartel, based in Mexico, and Los Rastrojos and Los Urabeños, two Colombian-based drug trafficking groups. A series of security successes center_img Los Malditos del Triunfo By Dialogo August 13, 2014 Commitment to reducing drug trafficking The United States is cooperating with Peru in the fight against drug trafficking. Brian Nichols, the U.S. ambassador in Lima, recently acknowledged the successes of Peruvian security forces. “I want to acknowledge the important work of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, Attorney General’s Office, and their entire team,” Nichols said on July 9 during the signing of a joint cooperation agreement between the two countries to fight money laundering, according to Inforegión. The agreement, signed between the Public Prosecutor’s Office of Peru and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), calls for authorities to develop a specialized program to train 250 Peruvian prosecutors in the best methods to investigate and prosecute money laundering. The cooperation agreement also includes the participation of the National Police, the Superintendency of Banks, and the Financial Intelligence Unit (UIF). The two countries will also share information. International cooperation in the fight against organized crime syndicates is important, because of the transnational nature of drug trafficking and other criminal enterprises, Salazar said. Cooperation in the fight against drug trafficking last_img read more

RAMELTON DEMANDS REMOVAL OF ‘SEX OFFENDERS’ FROM AREA

first_imgAngry parents and community leaders in Ramelton have called on the authorities to ‘remove’ sex offenders whom they say have been relocated to the area recently.
There is disquiet in Ramelton over the arrival of sex offenders into the town.The community leaders say the sex offenders are not from Ramelton and should not have been rehoused there.The Tirconail Tribune reports that parents only learned of the development through ‘third party sources’ and have expressed shock that this was allowed to happen without prior notice or consultation. A community spokesman said the town is shocked that this has been allowed to happen with over 500 children at school and at play every day of the week.“We’ve been badly let down by the Gardai and we feel this development places more responsibilities and more risks on parents and their families,” said one source.Parents say they cannot understand the logic of any authority in locating these offenders to another town or village, some twenty miles from their former residences.The community has contacted the Tribune to highlight their concerns and say the response from the Gardai has been very poor. Following these concerns, the newspaper referred the issue to the Garda Press Office and the HSE.The Gardai said it would not be appropriate for them to discuss details concerning any individuals.Meanwhile, Tusla, the Child and Family Agency said: “The primary responsibility for the management of convicted sex offenders lies with An Garda Síochána and the Probation Service.”The also said: “In relation to your query, Tusla is actively involved in the multiagency system to ensure the effective management of risk to the community posed by convicted sex offenders. “Neither of these agencies would comment on community claims paedophiles have now been relocated to Ramelton without any warning given to concerned parents. Community leaders said they believe that both the Gardai and the HSE have a duty of care to all communities in these situations and everyone in Ramelton is shocked by this latest turn of events.A Gardai spokesman said: “In general terms, the obligations of convicted sex offenders are outlined in the Sex Offenders Act 2001. Part 2 of the Act sets out the notification requirements of a person who has obligations under the Act. They must, within seven days, of becoming subject to the notification requirements (e.g. release) notify their name, date of birth and home address to An Garda Síochána. They must notify An Garda Síochána of any change to their name or address within seven days of that change.There is ongoing communication and liaison between the Divisional Inspectors and the Sex Offenders Management and Intelligence Unit.The nominated Divisional Inspectors are responsible for managing sex offenders in their respective Divisions and putting in place a plan to manage the risk posed by such offenders. Members of An Garda Síochána located throughout the country have been trained in a risk assessment matrix which is a statistically derived risk classification process intended for individuals convicted of a sex offence. Tusla said that if anyone has a concern about a child they should contact the local Tusla social work office or An Garda Síochána.  Any child protection or welfare referral made to Tusla is dealt with in accordance with Children First.RAMELTON DEMANDS REMOVAL OF ‘SEX OFFENDERS’ FROM AREA was last modified: March 5th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGardaiRameltonSex offendersTirconail Tribunelast_img read more