2022 Assembly


Reputation is key, if you are a people smuggler, smuggling people from the African Continent to Europe.


New research by Paolo Campana of Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology, published on Monday, 23 January 2018, reveals that independent operators rather than criminal kingpins control routes that bring migrants into Europe from Africa.
The research into people smuggling, where many entrust their lives to smugglers devoid of any compassion, who charge exorbitant prices to help desperate people reach Europe, examined the findings of an 18-month investigation by Italian prosecutors into the 2013 migrant shipwreck off the coast of the Italian island of Lampedusa, in which more than 360 migrants died, most of them from Eritrea and Somalia. Campana also analysed wiretapped telephone conversations, testimonies, interviews with police task force members, and smugglers’ backgrounds in order to inform his research.
For more:
Source: Thomas Reuters Foundation.
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

Events taking place in Albania in honour of St. Bakhita, 8 February 2018- International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking.


The URAT (United Response Against Trafficking) Network in Albania has prepared a Prayer and Liturgy Service which will be held at St. Paul’s cathedral, Tirana on the 8th of February. Confirmed attendance include the Deputy Minister of Interns/ National Co-ordinator against Trafficking in Persons, who will present a speech. Archbishop George Frendo will present the homely. 
Please find attached  the materials related to the event:   
Prayer Card;
The Liturgy;
The poster;
The invitation.
This year, the network has chosen to concentrate on the theme Migration without Trafficking, and will be supporting the National Asylum and Migration Centre in Babrru, Tirana by means of food, materials and goods for the refugees currently living there. This action will take place post St. Bakhita Day.
Watch this space for news and photographs!

Event in Hungary, 8 February, 2018- In honour of the International Day of Prayer and Awareness against Human Trafficking, feast of St. Bakhita.


RENATE member Gabriella Légrádi, SCSC,  sends us a copy of the Flier announcing the Prayer Service organised by SOLWODI Hungary, which will be held in Budapest, 8 February 2018.
Beginning with a thirty minute time of silent prayer and reflection, the Jesuit community will lead the congregation in the celebration of Mass.
After Mass, there will be a talk about Human Trafficking, with input from a policewoman, a priest and also from a woman at a local shelter.
It is hoped that there will be a large turnout of people, to learn more about Human Trafficking and to pray together for the victims and the end of trafficking.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

In honour of St. Bakhita, a series of talks at parishes is under way in Croatia.


RENATE member Viktorija Šimić, SCSC, shares her human trafficking awareness-raising actions to mark the feast of St. Bakhita, 8th February, 2018.
Commencing on the 25th January, Viktorija continues her visits to parishes and has arranged to visit six parishes from late January and throughout the month of February. Every Thursday, she will visit a different parish to give a talk about Human Trafficking and to pray with the parish priests and the assembly, for the victims and to bring an end to Human Trafficking. It is a source of great hope that the parish priests are receptive to the topic. 
An additional step has been the translation of the RENATE Information and Awareness-raising Flier, which has been translated into Croatian and which Viktorija has circulated to all the Religious communities (male and female) in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
‘’Let’s hope that this small step forward will help the Religious and the 
Church in general in Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina,  to know more about human trafficking in order to pray more earnestly and to act accordingly.
May St Bakhita pray for us, and may God bless us.’’- Sr. Viktorija.
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, 18 – 25 January, 2018.


Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the World Council of Churches and its ecumenical partners, have devised a series of liturgical resources to guide all people of goodwill in prayer around the biblical theme ‘’Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power,’’ (Exodus 15:6), a song of triumph over oppression.
Contemporary issues of human trafficking, exploitation, human rights concerns, economic instability and displacement of people and more, feature in this year’s resources prepared by the churches of the Caribbean on behalf of the worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service.  
For more:
and also at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.



In 1 Corinthians 6, which was read on Sunday 14th January, St Paul tells the people of Corinth that they have been “bought and paid for”.  Elsewhere, Paul tells his readers that they have not been bought with silver and gold, but with the precious blood of the Lamb, Jesus Christ. Paul’s desire is that the readers, and we are now the readers, should set a high price on themselves, since God values them so much.
Those very words, “bought and paid for”, are very chilling when we think of them in the context of human trafficking. Women who have been forced into prostitution have heard them when they pleaded with their traffickers or with “clients” to spare them. Some have been told, “Shut up! I want what I paid for!” or “I paid for you and I want my money’s worth”.
It is heart-breaking to hear women working in prostitution saying, “I am only a piece of dirt”. This is what they have been reduced to; this is how they see themselves.
Modern society has got to the stage where there is a divide between those who are valued and valuable and those who are of less value or even expendable. Whole populations are dismissed as of little consequence. Who is good enough to be allowed to enter the USA? Whose life can be ended before birth? Who can be bought and sold for the gratification of other people?
Paul’s words are encouraging and challenging. Let us value ourselves, know who we are and what we are worth to God and let us value others so much that they will begin to value themselves, and know themselves to be precious in our eyes and in the eyes of our Heavenly Father.
Eilis Coe, rsc. 15 January 2018.

UISG invite all English speakers to Webinar on Living Mission Interculturality: interview with Rev. Anthony Gittins, C.S.Sp., M.A., Ph.D. taking place on Friday, 2nd February 2018, at the Piazza di Ponte Sant’ Angelo, 28 00186, Rome.


Suggested donation €5.
Alternatively, you can register to access the webinar live, by logging online at the address below.
Fr. Gittins is an experienced missionary priest and Professor of Theology and Culture at The Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, USA, since 1984.
Born in Manchester, UK, he is the author of numerous publications on Theology, Anthropology, Mission and also on Spirituality.
Fr. Gittins has taught, offered workshops and lead retreats in  more than 35 countries worldwide. He spent 8 years working among the Mende people of Sierra Leone as a missionary priest, linguist and ethnographer. He has also worked for more than 30 years with homeless women on the streets of Chicago.
Full details of the webinar available at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications. 

Migrants: trouver une réponse commune.


In anticipation of the International day of Awareness and Prayer against Human Trafficking, 8 February 2018, RENATE member Begoña Iñarra published the following blog on RENATE France website
Le Pape François a fait de la question migratoire un marqueur fort de son pontificat. Il  a développé une approche nouvelle articulée autour des verbes : accueillir, protéger, promouvoir,intégrer ».
A l’occasion de la journée mondiale du migrant et du réfugié, les évêques de
France, nous indiquent les actions qui, dans le contexte français et pour
chacun des quatre verbes, les paraissent être prioritaires. Parmi elles,
certaines pourront nourrir un plaidoyer préalable aux négociations des
pactes mondiaux de 2018.
Lisez le document des évêques avec ces priorités.
For additional features, please see
Adapted by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.

EUROPAEUM: Looking to academia for inspiration to combat Human Trafficking.


An association of leading European Universities has been assessing its achievements and looking ahead to ensure international cooperation. Newly focused with the aim of creating a new pan-European network of future leaders ‘’…committed to interacting with the wider community and across nations…’’ entitled EUROPAEUM, it will ask 30 scholars to suggest solutions to social and political issues such as Human Trafficking, youth unemployment and regional separatism.
Oxford University, St. Andrews, (Scotland),  the University of Luxembourg are amongst the elite participating universities, where Dr. Andrew Graham, Executive Chairperson of EUROPAEUM stated:   
“What we want are outcomes that will excite people and be useful, whether to an MP or the European parliament or an NGO or business. It could be all sorts of things, but it has to interest someone and give them a solution that they can bring about.”  
Participating Universities are; Charles University, Prague; The Complutense University of Madrid; Graduate Institute of International and Development studies, Geneva, Switzerland; University of Helsinki; Jagiellonian University, Kraków, Poland; Leiden University,the Netherlands; Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich; University of Luxembourg; University of Oxford; Pompeu Fabra University, Catalonia; University of St. Andrews (Scotland); Pantheon-Sorbonne University (Paris).  
For more:
Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.  

New 12-part report Confronting Root Causes: Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains.


New 12-part report Confronting Root Causes: Forced Labour in Global Supply Chains– Genevieve Lebaron, Neil Howard, Cameron Thibos and Penelope Kyritsis, shines a light on key questions we need to ask when examining forced labour in global supply chains.
While Policy makers, business leaders and civil society organisations call for a determination of the root causes, commonly used terms such as ‘poverty’ and ‘globalisation’ tend to obscure ‘’a web of decisions and processes that maintain an unjust status quo, while being used as euphemisms for deeper socio-economic structures that lie at the core of the capitalist global economy. ’’ (Lebaron, Howard, Thibos and Kyritsis, 2018).   
Working from the classic economic metaphor of ‘’Supply and Demand,’’ the report explores the understanding of an over-supply and imminently exploitable workforce versus the demand for their labour, integral to the contemporary constructs of global supply chains.
On the Supply side, the report identifies four dynamics which contribute to creating a corpus of workers who are vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation: specifically, Poverty, Identity and discrimination, Limited labour protections and Restrictive mobility regimes.
On the Demand side, the report proffers Concentrated Corporate Power and Ownership, Outsourcing, Irresponsible Sourcing Practices and Governance Gaps, as the four dynamics which ‘’either create pressure within the market for highly exploitable forms of labour or open up spaces within which labour can be exploited.’’ (ibid).
Poverty and labour exploitation are frequently inter-linked with  forced labour, human trafficking and modern slavery and this particular report attempts to provide the reader with the tools to navigate the global value chain, which binds all of us and therefore implicates all of us in the responsibility to play our part in bringing an end to human trafficking and modern slavery.
Full report at:
Prepared by Anne Kelleher, RENATE Communications.