2022 Assembly


Modern Slavery Garden wins Gold at the Chelsea Flower Show, May 2016


Awarded gold, Juliet Sargeant’s Modern Slavery Garden highlighted the chilling fact that, two centuries after the passing of the Slavery Act, there are still 27 million slaves worldwide.
At the heart of the Modern Slavery Garden is an oak tree, similar to the one (still alive in Sussex, UK) under which William Wilberforce stood when he dedicated his life to ending slavery, symbolising hope. A series of front doors such as you see on every street led to a path of freedom planted with a riot of colour, to uplift and give hope.
You can see and hear Juliet Sargeant speak about the garden at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

The Religious & Migration in the 21st Century: Extra Documents


Further to the post on the website about the Conference: The Religious and Migration in the 21st Century, the organisers have kindly shared with us the formal documents associated with the Conference. Comprising both Word documents and Powerpoint presentations, there is a wealth of information and inspiration to be found in them.
Read and enjoy!
Rome Eng Overview PP Mon, Feb 22 – 24 Roma_EN
Rome Eng PP Migrants&Media in Italy
Rome Eng Summary feedback THE RELIGIOUS AND MIGRATION IN THE 21ST CENTURY Summary and reflection
Rome French Summary Feedback Religieux et migration au 21ème siècle, French
Rome Italian Migrants and Media in Italy Immigrati reali e mediali
Rome Italian Rapporteur Mon, Feb 22 – 24 Roma rapporteur
Rome Italian Summary feedback I religiosi e la migrazione nel XXI secolo, Italian
Rome PP Eng The Advocacy Strategy Mon, Feb 22 – 24 Roma_EN
Rome UN English statement post 2015 development agenda
Rome UN French statement post 2015 development agenda
Rome Welcome Address – Religious & Migrants Conference (Feb 2016)
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

OSCE and Albanian National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinator Meeting in Tirana


National Anti-Trafficking Co-ordinators from across South-Eastern Europe as well as the UK Independent Anti-Slavery Commissioner, met in Tirana on Thursday, 12th May, 2016, to exchange views and good practices on national efforts to fight human trafficking. They paid special attention to the problem of unaccompanied minors in this region, with a view to increasing regional co-operation on the identification, assistance and referral of child victims and potential victims of trafficking.
Full report available at

ANDANTE Newsletter, May 2016


ANDANTE, the European Alliance of Catholic Women’s Organisations, has released its May 2016 Newsletter, available attached. Both RENATE and Mary Ward Loreto (Albania) are acknowledged in the Newsletter!
In addition to news from member organisations, the member’s statements of ‘international policy related to refugees’ and the outcomes of the ANDANTE General Assembly, (April 16th-17th, 2016) feature as the highlights of the Newsletter.
The ANDANTE 10 year Jubilee Brochure is embedded into the Newsletter and is a compilation of the various activities, meetings and events undertaken by ANDANTE in the last decade.
ANDANTE Newsletter_14 May 2016
Read and enjoy!
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

Stop Trafficking Newsletter Issue May ’16


The May issue of the Stop Enslavement Anti Human Trafficking Newsletter is now available. This issue specifically highlights aspects of labour trafficking and methods used to fight all forms of human trafficking.
Highlights include “Money: Cause and Cure for Human Trafficking”, which places a spotlight on both the poor and the wealthy, interwoven in the chain of human trafficking and exploitation.
There are valuable recommendations on approaches to countering human trafficking, as well as identified benefits arising from addressing forced labour in various company operations, which will ultimately strengthen human capital and the workforce.
You can download the Newsletter from
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

RENATE Network Awareness Raising Visit to Norway and Denmark


Imelda Poole IBVM & Adina Balan CJ in ScandinaviaImelda Poole IBVM, President of RENATE and Adina Balan CJ, RENATE Board member, travelled to Norway and Denmark from the 3rd of May to the 8th of May, 2016, to meet with Religious, Christian led NGOs, lay and Catholic organisations with a view to heightening awareness about the RENATE Network and explore possibilities for mutual collaboration in the fight against Human Trafficking.
Although there are not many active religious in Norway, Imelda’s contacts opened many doors, which led to an immensely interesting and enriching experience for all concerned.
Full Report available here: RENATE Awareness Raising Visit to Norway & Denmark May 2016

Safeguarding Work Conditions for Vulnerable Workers


Three years on from the collapse of the Rana Plaza building in Bangladesh on the 24th of April, 2013, which took the lives of over 1,100 garment workers and highlighted the need to promote decent work in global supply chains, the International Labour Organisation (ILO) has compiled a photo report of their response to the Rana Plaza tragedy.
In remembering all those who lost their lives in the tragedy, RENATE takes a look at what progress has been made through joint partnerships between the European Union and the International Labour Organisation, to promote decent work practices in European countries engaged in global supply chains.
For more, please see the following: Safeguarding Work Conditions for Vulnerable Workers
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

Identification & Support of Victims of Trafficking for Labour Exploitation


Jana Urbanová, a member of RENATE, working for the STOP Human Trafficking project at Caritas Slovakia attended the above workshop which took place in London, from the 20th to 21st of April, 2016. The workshop was part of a project being run by the following NGOs:
FLEX – Focus on Labour Exploitation from Great Britain,
FairWork from the Netherlands,
ADPARE from Romania.
The aim of the joint project is to develop a common strategic plan in relation to victims, trafficked for forced labour, through proactive identification and support. It is intended that the plan would be applicable throughout all the member states of the European Union.
The research commenced in 2014, having identified gaps in the existing processes of identification. With the help of many countries participating in the first European workshop and based on the research results, strategies were developed which would help improve the process of identification and support people who are trafficked for labour exploitation.
The pilot strategies for identification have been tested in the three partner countries (Great Britain, the Netherlands and Romania), over a period of six months, which lead to this second joint workshop in London, in April 2016.  Representatives from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Ireland, the Netherlands, Romania, Slovakia, Spain and the United Kingdom attended, representing non-profit organisations, trade unions, lawyers and social workers. It is intended that the outcome of this initiative and the application of strategies will be presented in September 2016.
More about the project:
Mgr. Jana Urbanová, Prevention Campaigns Coordinator at Caritas Slovakia
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person

Modern Day Slavery, Tackling Ireland’s Human Trafficking Problem


It might appear that human trafficking is a problem which is far removed from Ireland and that the term ‘Slavery’ refers to a bygone era.
Gráinne Loughran, in writing for the University Observer, discovers that modern slavery is a worldwide, secretive and multi-billion dollar business, in which vulnerable people are exploited by others for personal, financial gain.
Drawing upon statistics from the Blue Blindfold site, the Migrant Rights Centre Ireland (MRCI) and RUHAMA, Miss Loughran paints a picture of criminal exploitation where it is suspected that the vast majority of the victims of trafficking who were identified by the authorities, have been forced into sexual exploitation.
For the full article, please see;
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person