CRS Partners in Dominican Republic
Local Church Partners
Catholic Relief Services has joined in the efforts of the Pastorate of Human Mobility in San Pedro de Macoris Diocese, the Haitian Pastorate, and the John Paul II Diocesan Center of the Mao-Monte Cristi Diocese. All of these organizations are dedicated to the defense of human rights and peacebuilding. Our common goal is to help Haitian immigrants in bateyes and those close to the border create a community network for the defense of human rights.
Jesuit Refugee Service
At work in more than 50 countries, Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is an international Catholic organization whose mission is to accompany, serve and defend the rights of refugees and displaced people. Established by the Jesuits in 1980, JRS is a worldwide network of institutions serving refugees by offering practical and spiritual support according to their humanitarian needs, regardless of their beliefs.
Since 1997, JRS has worked on Solidaridad Fronteriza (Border Solidarity), promoting human rights and respect for cultural diversity in rural communities. CRS partners with JRS on a U.S. Department of Labor-funded project called "We All Work," a regional project supporting a culture of labor law compliance.
Composed of five civil society and Church grass-roots organizations, the NINA Consortium, with support from CRS, provides quality care, protection and support to street children and youth.
Acción Callejera is dedicated to educating children working in the streets of Santiago. Quédate Con Nosotros/Muchachos Don Bosco offers shelter to children and adolescents who have been working and living on the street for less than six months. Caminante provides educational programs that work to prevent the spread of HIV and combats commercial sexual exploitation in Boca Chica. Niños del Camino offers ambulatory services to children and adolescents in the streets of Santo Domingo. Yo También promotes self-esteem and encourages reintegration with society and family members for children and adolescents who live on the streets.
Juanistas Sisters and the Parish of Nuestra Sra. Del Rosario
Since 2004, with funds from CRS and UNICEF, the Juanistas Sisters in Wanamet, Haiti, and the Parish of Nuestra Sra. Del Rosario in Dajabon, the Dominican Republic, have worked together across their common border to promote abstinence in the face of teen pregnancy and the risk of HIV.