Volunteer of the month: Emma!

Every month we want to celebrate the hard work that our volunteers do by letting you get to know them a little better. So,without further ado, this month let’s meet Emma: Why and when did you begin volunteering with Casa Milagro? I first discovered Casa Milagro after a google search of charities in…

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Combatting Human Trafficking in the Age of Social Media

It is a common myth that human trafficking only happens in far flung corners of the world. However, in the age of the internet, the tentacles of this profitable crime are able to access the homes, and minds, of children at home too. In fact, three out of four child sex trafficking victims…

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Costa Rica Leads Region in Reducing Child Labour

Last Tuesday the International Labor Organization (ILO) promoted the eradication of the worst forms of child labour, including the sexual exploitation and trafficking of minors, with the World Day Against Child Labour. And in good news, this same organisation has named Costa Rica first in the region in reducing labour among children between…

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Thursday Statistics

Last Thursday we were a large group of ten volunteers. We met a good majority of the people at our starting point, the AMPM in Barrio de la California, and continued through the Zona Roja, down to Avenida Central. In total we gave out food, drinks and clothes to thirty-three people; three children…

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Costa Rican Child Pornography Network Disguised As Modelling Agency

A child pornography network  in Costa Rica managed obtained parents written consent for their children to be photographed naked, by operating as a “modelling agency” for eight years. Promising to make their children international models, parents did not carefully read the clauses of the contract, and the production of pornographic content was authorised…

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Second Brother Arrested in Costa Rica Child Pornography Case

Two weeks ago, police arrested a 35-year-old on suspicions of sexually abusing a nine-year-old girl and circulating child pornography. In a terrible twist this week, the brother of the suspect was also arrested on Tuesday morning, accused of these same crimes against the same victim. The arrest was made in San Miguel de…

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Meet Langston!

Hello! My name is Langston Cotman and I will spend these next two months writing grants here at Casa Milagro.  This fall will mark the beginning of my third year studying at Goucher College, where I am majoring in American Studies and am pursuing two minors in Spanish and Creative Writing.  During the…

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Thursday Statistics

Last Thursday we gave sandwiches, drinks and clothes to 33 people living in San José’s streets. Fourteen of those were over the age of 30, five people were between 24-29 years of age, ten young people were between the age of 18-23, and four children under the age of 18. One of those…

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Welcome Isabella!

Hello! My name is Isabella Favazza and I am a grant writer intern at Casa Milagro for the next 2 months. I am excited to be in Costa Rica and working at Casa Milagro. I am a student at Goucher College, entering my third year in the fall. I major in Peace Studies and…

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UN Urges Airlines to Step Up Fight Against Human Trafficking

With thousands of people passing through airports everyday, flight attendants are on the front lines of the human trafficking crisis that rakes in $150 billion profit per year. For this reason, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODOC) has been addressing airline leaders over the past two days in Mexico, urging…

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