Maria Benevento began work at NCR in 2017 as a Bertelsen editorial intern. She is a native of Kirksville, Missouri, and a 2015 graduate of Creighton University, where she majored in theology and American studies and minored in justice and peace studies and Spanish. Prior to joining NCR she spent two years as a full-time staff person at the Oakland Catholic Worker, a transitional shelter for Latin American immigrants and asylum seekers.

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Trial turns to impromptu anti-nuke symposium when witness fails to show

Five protesters, including NCR's Tom Fox, had faced charges of trespassing onto the Kansas City National Security Campus, as part of the annual Memorial Day protest.

Shifts in US, Mexico policy put asylum-seekers in danger, Catholic activists say

Catholic groups are adjusting to meet the needs of asylum-seeking families from Central America who arrive fleeing violence in their home countries. But as faith-based groups on both sides of the border address humanitarian concerns, the U.S. and Mexican governments often react to the migrants in ways that make things more difficult for asylum seekers and threaten to overwhelm those who support them.

Campus ministers: The future is here, listen to college-age Latinos

Many campus ministers have the same simple advice for programs that are exploring how to better serve the expanding population of college-age Latino Catholics: Listen. It's not about translating materials, but rather embracing the value that people already bring.

New rule denies asylum to those entering US between entry ports

An interim final rule from the departments of Homeland Security and Justice and a presidential proclamation bar migrants who cross the border between ports of entry from applying for asylum.