2022 Assembly


Please Disturb: A 15 minute film useful for human Trafficking awareness-raising in the hotel hospitality sector.


Please Disturb shows the signs of human trafficking through the eyes of hotel staff at a hotel in the Netherlands. In the film through personal witness, hotel staff help increase awareness throughout the hotel hospitality sector and encourage colleagues in other hotels to take action.
To view the film:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Talitha Kum resources.


The Talitha Kum Training Manual for Women Religious Active in the Prevention of Human Trafficking and Assisting its Victims (2016) offers a broad understanding of human trafficking, encompassing the geopolitical considerations which contribute to the increase of human trafficking worldwide through to theoretical frameworks for prevention and victim protection.   
Trafficking in Women and Children- an Information and anti-trafficking workshop Toolkit, (2003) is divided into 8 colour coded sections, which carefully take the reader through various stages towards an understanding of the nature of trafficking, its causes and the magnitude of the problem.
The kit includes beautiful and poignant Theological Reflections which underpin the entire publication.
The kit includes a selected bibliography and a list of useful websites, whilst also referring to some networks of Religious Congregations and groups working against human trafficking at the time of its publication in 2003.
Both resources are available in Italian, English, Spanish and French, with the anti-trafficking Toolkit also translated into Portuguese.
For these and additional resources, please log on to:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Lithuanian Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre holds Commemorative Ceremony 25 May 2017.


Members of the Lithuania presidential social campaign ‘’For a Safer Lithuania,’’ together with representatives from the U S Embassy in Lithuania and the Lithuanian police forces, joined the staff of the Missing Persons’ Families Support centre on 25 May in Vilnius, to remember all those who are listed as ‘’Missing’’ in Lithuania. 
50 primary school children gathered around the commemorative statue ‘’Mummy,’’ and released balloons to signify hope for the future and the possibilities of a safer Lithuania as they grow up. 
More photographs of the event at
In the event’s press release, Natalja Kurčinskaja, Director of the Missing Persons’ Families Support Centre, spoke about the issues and harsh realities for families whose children and loved ones are missing.  
The centre has now begun implementing a national training programme about Missing Children, to child welfare commissions (members of local municipalities, police, prosecutor’s offices, child protection departments, probation offices etc.) throughout all the Lithuanian municipalities (60).
In 2017, there is a specific emphasis on the dissemination of information about the European 116 000 Hotline, which is receiving extensive coverage. 
The centre recently featured on national TV, in discussions about the issues of missing children in Lithuania and the European Union.
Interview in Lithuanian language:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

EUROPOL launches public appeal to help identify victims of child sexual exploitation.


According to Europol, the volume of child sexual abuse imagery being shared online is increasing worldwide & so to identify victims and to catch perpetrators, police around the world must adopt new methods and approaches.
On June 1st, police in Europol posted onto its website, 20 cropped images of everyday objects from the backgrounds of child sex-abuse images. The images included everyday items from shampoo bottles and shopping bags to distinctive clothing of perpetrators and victims & even buildings. They say that even tiny observations about the origin of an item can lead to an abuser being caught.
Europol admits that such an approach does carry risks, like tipping off an abuser who might be under investigation and the methods being deployed, but the agency says that it is balancing that risk against the threat of ongoing abuse of children as depicted in the photographs, which it wants to bring to a swift end. This can be seen as a last opportunity measure to finally catch the criminals involved in their investigations.
Anyone who recognises anything about the photographs, are urged to contact Europol. They can do so anonymously via the agencies website or they can do so via social media.
Full information at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.