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The Work of Medicines for Humanity and Why the Population of Rikers Island Has Been Increasing

In this week’s episode of JustLove, we have a discussion about the work of Medicines for Humanity the current situation going on at Rikers Island, and why the population of Rikers Island has been increasing over recent months while correctional officers have been calling out of Work in unprecedented numbers.

Kristen Fanfant is the Program Manager for Latin America and the Caribbean for Medicines for Humanity, an international non-profit organization that works to reduce child mortality in impoverished communities around the world by collaborating with healthcare providers and local partners already serving vulnerable communities. Kristen Fanfant talks about the work of Medicines for Humanity, and how this organization is assisting in building the capacity of Catholic women’s religious communities in Haiti to implement child health programs in vulnerable communities in that country.

Sister Sobe is a Nigerian-born Daughter of Divine Love and the Head of Education at the Daughter of Divine Love School in La Croix. Sister Sobe’s community partners with Medicines for Humanity. She speaks to us about the work that Medicines for Humanity does in assisting in the building of the capacity of Catholic women’s religious communities in Haiti to implement child health programs in vulnerable communities in that country.

Jullian Harris-Calvin is the Program Director of the Greater Justice New York Program at the Vera Institute of Justice, a criminal justice reform-focused not-for-profit organization located here in New York City. Jullian Harris-Calvin joins us to discuss the current situation going on at Rikers Island, which is the main jail complex for the City of New York. Jullian talks about why the population of Rikers Island has been increasing over recent months while correctional officers have been calling out of work in unprecedented numbers causing a humanitarian crisis, and what are some things that can be done to address the current crisis on Rikers Island.

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