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Ministry against sex trafficking wins $1 million Opus Prize

A ministry against sex trafficking in Kolkata, India, won the annual $1 million Opus Prize for faith-based humanitarian work at a Nov. 17 ceremony hosted by Creighton University in Omaha.

The founder and managing director of Sari Bari, Sarah Lance, will use the money to further her organization’s mission.

"I am very humbled and honored," Lance said when she received the award Nov. 17 at the Holland Performing Arts Center in Omaha. "This award is for the women of Sari Bari and the women who have yet to claim freedom."

Two runners-up each received $100,000 prizes: Jesuit Father Peter Balleis, co-founding member of a ministry that makes online higher education courses available to refugees, and Sister Anne Jordan, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary and CEO of Cana Communities Inc. in Sydney, Australia, which ministers to the homeless and drug-addicted.

Several Creighton students and faculty members helped pick the winners for the prize, awarded by the Minneapolis-based Opus Prize Foundation, including traveling to the three finalist sites.

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