2022 Assembly


Unchosen's Stay Safe from Slavery Project.


Stay Safe from Slavery is a prevention project that focuses on creating and delivering tailored resources to raise awareness of modern slavery amongst people who are particularly vulnerable to exploitation, i.e. the homeless; young people in care and care leavers; refugees and asylum seekers. The aim of the project is to prevent these three target groups becoming victims of modern slavery in the first place. Unchosen is creating three different Stay Safe from Slavery Tool Kits which will be distributed to their partners in the South West of the UK for delivery amongst their local service users.
The project will run from August 2017 to January 2018 and is funded by Avon and Somerset Community Trust and by the Big Lottery Funds, as well as by Rathbone Investments.
For more information or if you want to collaborate with Unchosen please contact
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Raising awareness about Human Trafficking in Elbasan, Albania- Sr. Elda Nikilli.


On the 20 of March 2017, I shared some time with the students of Our Lady of Good Council in Elbasan. The objective of this meeting was to inform the students about the reality of Human Trafficking, a sad reality which does not seem to be so real, but the figures show quite the contrary.
The first part of the meeting was simple brainstorming, with questions to find out what they know already about this subject and the extent of their knowledge about a particular kind of human trafficking. They seemed to be aware of trafficking into the sex industry and trafficked children for organs. The sad part is that a few of them think only about the causes, the supply and demand. There is a mentality that girls and the poor are intended for human trafficking: to be sold and bought unless she is not my sister.
The second part of the meeting focused more on sharing figures and statistics and giving as much information as possible about Human Trafficking in all its forms: for sex, forced labour, organ trafficking, child trafficking for labour, sex and as child soldiers. 
During the third part, we shared two stories of two girls forced into sex trafficking. Two of the students read these stories. This led to the development of a close atmosphere as the stories were told. We entered into their sufferings, we were getting to know something more about them, they were no longer a statistic, but a reality.
We hope that by sharing information we can contribute to changing the mentality, developing a greater sensitivity and empathy for the victims of Human Trafficking. One day we hope we will wake up to thinking about them, and possibly act, to protect the victims and the most vulnerable people, who are potential victims.

A few remaining places are still available to attend the 2nd Annual Cambridge Counter-Trafficking Summer School & Senior Symposium, at Cambridge University in the UK, 17-21 July 2017.


A few remaining places are still available to attend the 2nd Annual Cambridge Counter-Trafficking Summer School & Senior Symposium, at Cambridge University in the UK, 17-21 July 2017.
Facilitating a multi-agency, cross-departmental and inter-university research effort to respond to the multiple challenges of human trafficking, the symposium will progress our understandings of human trafficking and emerging best practice in efforts to prevent and bring an end to this crime against humanity.
The summer symposium is being led by Dr. Carrie Pemberton Ford, Director of CCARHT and recently appointed UNITAR Fellow for the UN Training and Research Institute, working on Peace and Security Capacity building.
Dr. Pemberton Ford is currently commissioned by RENATE to conduct research on the extent of Trafficking in Children, in a selection of RENATE member countries, with an anticipated completion date of October 2017.
For information on this year’s Summer Symposium:
 Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

Council of Europe OING Conference Summer Session June 2017.


Council of Europe OING Conference Summer Session June 2017. With ANDANTE Members Mary McHugh & Sybille Bader.

I was honored to represent RENATE under the umbrella of ANDANTE, the European Alliance of Catholic Women’s organizations, on my first attendance at the Council of Europe Conference of OING during the last week of June, 2017. 
Thanks to Mary McHugh, ANDANTE President and Sybille Bader, ANDANTE representative, the week has been a great experience, affording us an opportunity to be involved in Civil Society efforts on the improvement of participative democracy. Please click here to read the report.
Marie Hélène Halligon. 

Dr. Anna Rowlands appointed as the St. Hilda Associate Professor of Catholic Social Thought and Practice, at Durham University, UK.


Thanks to endowments from benefactors across Europe and the United States of America which include women’s Religious congregations, major Foundations and business executives, Durham University will be able to facilitate research which will contribute to and enhance Catholic Social Teaching.
Dr. Rowlands is a political theologian and an expert on Catholic Social Teaching and has worked on theology and migration for more than a decade. Anna is committed to working in partnership with Catholic faith-based organisations that are influencing the next generation of social practice.
In this respect, Dr. Rowlands led the daily Theological Reflections at the RENATE Bi-Annual Assembly, held in Rome in November 2016.
For more:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications Person.

2017 Trafficking in Persons Report HEROES


Each year, the US Department of State honours individuals around the world who have devoted their lives to the fight against human trafficking. These individuals are NGO workers, lawmakers, police officers and concerned citizens who are committed to ending modern slavery. They are recognized for their tireless efforts—despite resistance, opposition, and threats to their lives—to protect victims, punish offenders and raise awareness of ongoing criminal practices in their countries and abroad.
For more information about current and past Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes, including how to connect with them, please visit the Trafficking in Persons Report Heroes Global Network at
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

On the occasion of the 30th July-UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons, RENATE shares the statement from Talitha Kum, common to us all.


“A 22-year-old woman from El Salvador was trying to reach her family in the USA, seeking help from a “cojote” for the travel. In El Salvador, she left her parents and a 5-year-old daughter. On the way, in Mexico, the young women was abducted and trafficked for sexual exploitation. She was able to escape the traffickers and to find refuge in a protected shelter in Tapachula (Chapas, Mexico). The girl cannot return to her home country because the traffickers know where she is coming from and the trafficker threatened her with death. The solution is a humanitarian visa to protect her life”. 
Thousands of people around the globe are daily committed to identify, rescue and protect human trafficking victims among people on the move. It is not enough!   
Migrants and refugees are among the most vulnerable people for trafficking and exploitation, both during the journey and when they arrive in the country of destination.
Their vulnerability is growing because of the absence of sufficient legal and safe migration pathways. Many migrants and refugee-seekers are trafficked and subjected to abuse and exploited in transit and in the countries of their destination.

Several faith-based organizations work closely with vulnerable populations, especially the migrants and refugees, and they have identified several victims of trafficking among these populations.
Women and girl refugees and migrants are most vulnerable to trafficking and are subject to sexual exploitation. Trafficking of women and girls for forced labor and sexual exploitation is one of the fastest growing areas of international criminal activity, taking in an estimated $32 million per year.[1]
The UN World Day Against Trafficking in Persons provides an opportunity to invite all governmental, non-governmental and UN organizations to:

  • Strengthen the initiatives of all the stakeholders working with migrants and refugees in order to more easily identify victims of trafficking, mainly in the border regions and refugee’s camps;
  • Improve the protection of survivors of trafficking among people on the move, increasing the number of places in shelters and
  • Intensify collaboration and networking, involving more faith-based organizations committed against trafficking in persons.

‘’Together we fight for dignity, work for change and celebrate hope.

Together we can end human trafficking.

Join us.’’